Being stuck at home for the foreseeable future was not something most of us envisioned at the beginning of the year. Our summer plans are on hold indefinitely and we have been advised to stay at home until the pandemic is in control. During this time, our home, our four walls protect us from the dangers of the world and keep us safe. Within these walls, we must work, exercise, feed and entertain ourselves, teach our children and then feel relaxed enough to fall asleep at night, only to do the same thing the next day. If we don’t adapt our living spaces to fit this new reality, we could start feeling trapped. If being homebound is making you feel bored, frustrated and anxious, or if you are looking to do something, stay positive while staying in with these tips to keep your spirits up and home in order.
Projects you can do right away:
As you begin to spend more time indoor, you will find yourself bored. Instead of spending more time on social media, try directing your energy into something productive like tackling a quick home makeover project. Get inspired by these ideas:
Just in time for the spring-summer season, consider taking up a gardening project. You do not need a big garden or balcony for a quick DIY garden refresh. Use pots and pans or even items like coconut shell or egg tray from the kitchen and plant easy to grow seeds like green chillies, tomato, curry leaves and herbs like basil, oregano and thyme. Call your local nursery and check if they offer contact-less delivery. This way, your house won’t just look nicer with some fresh plants, but you will also be able to sustain yourself by growing your own produce in the future.
2. Create a cosy corner
Choose a bright corner in any part of the home that you like spending time in, be it the living room, bedroom or even the balcony. Add a colourful rug, throw some pillows, stack a pile of books or magazines, hang fairy lights and add a bright painting to the wall to tie it all together.
3. Productive home office
With many of us adjusting to remote work, home offices are essential for our jobs- and health. From picking the right colours to proper ergonomics to the right lighting, read our blog to create the perfect home office here: https://www.bergerpaints.com/blog/decor-tips/working-from-home-tips-for-a-productive-home-office
4. Upgrade the cabinets
For a quick refresh, change the hardware on your cabinet and door. Matte black and brass are popular right now while silver and gold are classics. You could also use high gloss metal and wood finishes by Berger Paints India.
5. Painting projects
Colours can have a huge impact on our mood and creativity. If you are patient and have a steady hand, you could take up an easy painting project like an accent wall or outdated wooden furniture. However, since painting is a job best left to professionals, start with small projects and do your research beforehand.
6. Refresh the bookcase
Gather all the books spread out throughout the house, including the bookshelf. Put books you no longer use in one bag to donate, wipe down the shelves and put everything back in a new setting. This time, probably try colour coordinating your bookcase. You will be surprised how this little trick refreshes this space.
7. Rearrange furniture
Opening up the space to light and fresh air is imperative during a time like this. Rearrange the furniture in the house to bring about a fresh change. Be it to create space in the living room for a home workout or set up a home office near your bedroom window overlooking the lush greenery. Since the lockdown will make you more aware of your surroundings, you will discover a whole new way to reconfigure your living space.
8. Give the house a deep cleanse
Now is a good time to be aware of the things we really need and get rid of the clutter that serves no purpose, even during the pandemic. Remember to take up one task at a time and finish it before moving on to the next. Clear the pantry, organise the closet and make some physical space for your mental wellbeing.
9. Set up a home spa
Paint your nails, use a facemask, put on some calming tunes and make yourself a relaxing cup of herbal tea. Take this time to look after yourself and get some much-deserved TLC.
10. Plan a restaurant-style meal at home
Since you can’t go out to your favourite restaurant, it does not mean you should be reduced to eating frozen dinners on the couch. Take this time to develop your cooking skills; there is plenty of inspiration available. Be it banana bread or full-blown Italian dinner that you fancy, make meals a part of the day you look forward to. Break out the nice dishes and chinaware, light some candles and get creative about cooking.
11. Switch out the bedding and textiles
Changing your bedding is a fast bedroom decorating change that can have a major impact. Bring out bright coloured bedding and wash it using fabric softener. For inspiration, we love how citrus tones like lemon yellow and lime green uplift this white bedroom, a perfect spring overhaul. Not only will changing the bedding give your room a new personality but it is also said to help you sleep better.
12. Bring the outdoors inside
While people are self-isolating across the world, either alone or together, the extended amount of time spent indoors has us all craving for the great outdoors. With a few touches and thoughtful planning, it is possible to bring outside elements inside the house. You can use colours that remind you of being outdoors, let in the natural light and sunshine in or simply bring in plants to your living space.
Projects you can plan for:
Use this time constructively to plan for projects or even do some research work for design ideas you can implement on a later date.
13. Major painting work
If your interior or exterior walls need a coat of fresh paint or maintenance work- use this time to research and prep. While you can take up quick DIY painting projects, it is best to leave the task of home painting to experts like Berger Express Painting professionals. Use this time to think of the existing elements and furnishing in the room and decide on the colour palette, browse through décor inspiration and work out a painting budget. This way, once you are ready to paint your house, you won’t have to waste any time and have your research work come in handy.
14. Kitchen makeover
A kitchen is more than just a gorgeous backsplash and stunning cabinets. If you have been meaning to plan for a kitchen makeover for a space that is functional and easy to work and live in, use this time to research and jot down some ideas. Plan a budget, design with ergonomics in mind, decide on a colour palette and browse through Pinterest and décor magazines to create a moodboard.
15. Bathroom makeover
When it comes to a bathroom renovation, all the nitty-gritty details, process and options can be overwhelming. Having a working knowledge of what to expect and prepare for can make a huge difference. As in most cases, planning ahead of time will give you a solid base to use and compare against your selection and choices. Ask yourself what you like and what you dislike about the existing space and make a rough floor plan. From there, you can think about aesthetics, like the colour palette, the kind of fitting and tiles you would like to incorporate.
Our homes have always protected us from the dangers lurking in the outside world. Be it seeking shelter from a storm, refuging after a long day at work or protecting us from a deadly pandemic, we feel the safest when inside the four walls of our home. Berger HomeShield Waterproofing Solutions offers expert care and services to ensure the walls of your home are healthy and dampness free. Your home protects you and Berger HomeShield protects your home. If your walls show signs of distress, consult the experts. A healthy home foundation is important for a safe and settled home environment and the wellbeing of its residents.