Many people only do home upgrades when they need to sell their homes. However, you can create the perfect space for relaxation or work by upgrading and updating different features in your home. While you can find many do-it-yourself ideas on the internet, it can still seem challenging for the complete beginner.
One of the options is to hire someone to help you translate your ideas into reality, or you can start with small projects that don’t require sophisticated tools or instructions. In fact, something as simple as hanging a favorite piece of artwork in your home can boost your mood and make you smile, if only for a moment.
Here’s a simple guide from Victorian Fireplace Shop to help you build a space you can use for relaxation and work.
Create an Open Space
There are many benefits of open floor plans that you can translate into your space. Most homeowners who think about an open plan visualize a design where the family room and dining area share one big open space. Making your home look open and airy is easier than you think.
You can do it by removing bulkier furnishings or moving furnishings around the space to find the perfect placement for more open space. Another option is to use a mirror to make the room seem bigger. If there’s a formal dining area you don’t use, consider converting it into a cozy den, a reading nook, or a home office.
Build an Efficient Home Office
When working on a home renovation project, you also want to think about a home office. As more people embrace working from home, it’s becoming increasingly important to create a space where you can work uninterrupted in your home. Be sure to include all of the essentials you will need to complete your workday, so that you aren’t getting up constantly to grab something from another room. And ensure the space gets enough natural lighting, which is a great way to feel more energized and active.
Find a quiet space as you want to focus while working. Look for the space you’re less likely to be interrupted by other people moving around. To work from home effectively, choose comfortable furniture (including a great desk chair) for the office.
To connect with your work, add a personal touch to the design, like adding fine art. Hanging artwork has shown to have many positive benefits on creativity and mood. Taking a moment to pull yourself away from work, step away from the desk, and appreciate artwork that truly speaks to you can help keep those stress levels from soaring out of control. They can also make for great conversation pieces if clients stop by.
Add Lighting to Your Home
One of the ways you can brighten your home is by installing proper lighting. If the room is poorly lit and looks small and cramped, you will not get the relaxing feel you want. The brightly lit rooms appear airy, open, and welcoming. There are different ways to install lighting for your home.
Some methods are as simple as getting table lamps and floor lamps. Choose strategic points in the home and place tall floor lamps, especially in dark corners to breathe life into your space. If you’re handy, you can replace a ceiling fixture. The idea is to modernize the home with plenty of lights.
Don’t underestimate the value of ambient lighting either. Adding a beautiful fireplace from Victorian Fireplace Shop can add a soft glow to your living space when it’s on, and a decorative focal point when it’s off. Plus, there’s nothing more relaxing than sitting in front of a fireplace during the colder months.
Control Your Air Quality
It is hard to relax when allergies or even a particular smell get in the way. Look into adding a few air purifiers to your rooms, including your home office. They will help filter out unwanted pollutants, including smoke, pet dander, and pollen. Adding a good quality hood range to your kitchen can also make a big difference when people are cooking. Plus, a new hood will add an extra touch of elegance to your home, which is especially helpful if you enjoy spending time in the kitchen.
Update Window Treatments
Windows are often overlooked in home renovation projects. Most homeowners struggle to know which style to go for to improve their room, which leads them into giving up and leaving the windows bare. Your windows also want to be dressed, as these can be points you can use to decorate your room and create a cozy space.
When you leave the windows bare, you miss out on a layer of decorating that could make the space more relaxing. You can dress your windows to reflect your style and taste. If you’re looking for ideas, you can take some cues from color schemes you already have in the room.
It’s easy to make your home into a space where you can relax and also work. Build a home office in a space that gives you privacy and ensures you’ll not experience disruptions. And give your home a makeover to ensure sufficient lighting and comfort features that can give you the relaxation you need.
Article written by Alice Robertson of Tinyhome