With more and more of us working from home, whilst in lockdown, we look for the best ways to make our home life more adaptable to this sudden change in lifestyle.
As student living specialists, Scape believes that simple and affordable touches to space can make all the difference.
1. KEEP YOUR WORK AREA CLEAN AND TIDY
During this time our home is functioning as both a workspace and an area for rest and relaxation. Maintaining tranquil surroundings is just as important for effective work as it is for creating a positive space to unwind in at the end of a busy day.
When you are working within a compact space, it’s important to keep the room minimal. Include simple, useful objects you use day in day out in order to avoid clutter and minimize distractions and mess when you need to concentrate and be your most productive. Sensible storage options can be a great way to clear out and organize your things so that you can save time and keep tidy during a busy week.
2. LET THE LIGHT SHINE THROUGH
A lack of exposure to natural daylight can take its toll on our mental health. It is important to make sure that enough light can get into the room by keeping the blinds open in the morning or investing in a SAD lamp, that wakes you up with bright light. Research has proven that exposing ourselves to light in the morning can improve our ability to relax and sleep in the evening by setting light-related circadian rhythms.
3. INTRODUCE AN ELEMENT OF COLOUR
One of the most important changes one can make to a room is choosing the color scheme. Although the idea of big bold colors may appeal to many, and often seems to be one of the most accessible and easy to implement changes you can make to uplift the mood of a room, it needs to be planned and executed properly to offer the desired effect.
A hint of color such as yellow, green, or red can be used to accent and highlight the room, with white or cream walls used to create a light and open space. Softer paint colors for the walls such as blue or green can be used to create a calming environment and brighter accents can lift the mood. Blue hues can help to create a calming atmosphere, interacting well with the light to bring a relaxing aura.
For those that can’t paint their space or find accommodation that has been decorated or furnished with bold or calming color, then colorful artwork, posters, and prints are a great way to add both color and character to space. Surrounding your space with color and things that reflect your personality is going to help you to feel more inspired and at home in your space, which in turn will result in a happier you.