Our day-to-day lives have been fundamentally changed in the wake of the pandemic. Our homes became our hubs- frequently having to serve multiple purposes (make-shift offices, home gyms, classrooms, home movie theaters, to name just a few), but they weren’t originally designed with this in mind. As the pandemic has brought on a global cultural shift, more people are expected to be working from home than ever, so this trend is not likely to go away. In order to ensure a harmonious living space with all our needs and wants fulfilled, every room in the house will have to pull double-duty and serve more than one purpose.
So, here are some tips on how you can make the most of your space:
1. Choose multi-functional furniture- The first step should always be finding furniture that can either be easily stored away when not used or furniture that can be transformed into something else. If we look at rooms that often pull double-duty like home office/guest room combos, an easy solution to maximize the space would be to use wall beds with integrated desks or fold-away desks instead of bulky traditional ones. In that way, you’ll get the best of both worlds!
2. It’s all about the storage! Cluttered and disorganized rooms have been proven to create sources of low-level stress in our lives, and with the current events in the world bringing enough stress as is, we cannot afford to allow clutter to threaten our peace of mind. That’s why it’s essential to find a creative way to utilize storage.
3. Work those corners- Corners are the most under-utilized and over-looked areas in a room. Just by including a corner shelving unit, you can triple your storage space. Or perhaps consider having a corner desk for your home office. Not only does it not take up much real estate, but it naturally creates a sense of separation necessary for feeling as if you have a designated workspace. Reaching those productivity goals will never be difficult again!
4. Create a cozy nook for yourself to destress- This can be virtually anything, think about what makes you happy. If you are a coffee-lover, create a snug corner where you can enjoy your morning coffee. If reading books is your preferred pastime, move your favorite ottoman or an armchair next to the window or another great source of light, and you’ve got yourself your own personal refuge. The important thing is to create room for your favorite thing- your future self will thank you for it.
5. Choose double-duty rooms carefully- This means that you should consider how you’ll use the space when deciding which purposes it will have and that you should prioritize the activities you spend more time on. If you rarely have guests over, consider using your guest bedroom primarily as an office, the bed can perhaps be folded away, or you can get a sofa that can transform into a comfy bed when needed. Similarly, formal dining rooms in most houses don’t get used as much as people tend to prefer spending time in kitchens or living rooms. So turning it into a make-shift classroom for your children where they can do their homework supervised seems like a no brainer!
The pandemic is helping us re-evaluate our everyday home lives and is prompting us to make changes and improvements to make the most of the time we spend at home. So don’t waste any time in making your space work for you! And if you want to learn more about the current trends in the interior design world and some neat new tricks on how to make your space more functional, but still on-trend, visit our website at http://www.TheLuxuryLook.com.