This year has been traumatic for all of us as we learn, not just how to cope with COVID19, but also how to live a different lifestyle. People worldwide have been confined to their homes and the mental trauma has caused both physical and psychological damage. We are anxious and stressed.
However, during 2020 we have also found new passions, made new friends and been entertained through television and social media. People have shown themselves to be creative and gifted, passing on their skills whether it be learning to cook, playing an instrument or being crafty – there has been an excess of things to do on lockdown.
With winter approaching, the one place where you’re going to be confined is probably the very place you want to escape – your home. Americans with pre-existing conditions have been locked down for months and frustration is high so how can this be alleviated? Here are a few changes that can make a big difference to the morale of you and your family.
It’s amazing how moving furniture around a room can elevate your mood. Pull armchairs closer to the fire, move art to a different wall, or use your creativity to re-purpose the whole space. You don’t always need to purchase new furniture so apart from the thoughtful new layout, you can also feel good because you’re not spending money!
A Private Space
Create a special place for yourself to unwind, read a book or just look out the window. A small desk in an alcove or a comfortable chair in a corner with good light are both ways to use furniture placement to create a small space to call your own.
Children have been particularly affected by COVID19 losing one-on-one interactions with friends, family and teachers. To perk up your child (whatever their age) get them to help you declutter their space, add new paint and change out the bedding. Explain the benefits if teens push back against change.
Do you have family or friends who have to be extra careful of their health? They may be stuck at home for months but there are ways to reach out. One example is to send them a framed photo to remind them they are in your thoughts. If you know their decorating style, purchase and ship them some pillows or a new throw.
If your space doesn’t allow you to move the furniture around, then paint a dramatic accent wall or the whole room. Paint can change the ambience entirely letting you imagine yourself in a different place! Local paint stores offer curbside delivery, some will deliver to your door and you can order paint swatches online.
If you only have blinds on your windows, splurge for some beautiful drapery. This could be simple side panels blending into the walls, or choose a fabric with pattern and color. Add drama, keep out winter chills and create a sanctuary. Draperies bring a room to life, completing your décor and adding style. Talk to your decorator about drapes for your home.
Art & Accessories
Purchasing a piece of art can be therapy in itself because you are naturally drawn to your own aesthetic. It could be a large piece for over a bed or sofa, or a small piece to sit on an office shelf. A large mirror is a cheerful piece that will reflect light, adding natural cheer. Buy new pillows for the sofa in cheery colors to suit the décor or for the coming holiday season. Talking of which…
If you do nothing else, it’s almost time to decorate your home for the Holidays! It’s only October, but as soon as Halloween is packed away on November 1 wouldn’t it be a cheery thought to fill your home inside and out with your favorite decorations and seasonal color. The additional holiday lighting is also bound to give cheer, along with pillows and throws to match the season.
If making choices for paint colors, drapery and bedding is stressful for you, call your decorator for some collaboration. In this stressful time, isn’t it nice to have some ideas where you can take control, improving your home and your wellbeing? Let’s head towards the holidays with joy, knowing that a new year is approaching.
This blog was written for my clients at Decorating Den Interiors.