Are you self-isolating at the moment, wondering how you can improve your home without having to leave it?
Well, we have five fantastic, easy ideas. These suggestions are low-cost and simple to do, even if you’re stuck at home. Read on for more details, tips and links.
5 simple ways to improve your home
- Declutter your whole house
- Let in more natural light
- Create clear home ‘zones’
- Use interior design tips to make your home feel more spacious
- Add a personal touch to your walls
Simple ways to improve your home today
1. Declutter your whole house
Decluttering is essentially free therapy. It is good for your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Find out more about why decluttering makes you happy in this article. It also contains 10 tips for decluttering.
If you find the thought of completely decluttering your whole house overwhelming, start instead with just one area, for example:
- declutter your wardrobe
- organise your kitchen
- declutter your desk
- organise and declutter children’s toys
2. Let in more natural light to improve your home
One of the most simple ways to improve your home (and therefore make it more pleasant to live in) is to increase natural light. You can do this without adding extra windows or skylights.
Try any or all of the following:
- Clean your mirrors. Position a large mirror at a right-angle to the window. This will allow natural light to be reflected around the room without becoming dazzling.
- Clean your windows, inside and out to allow the maximum amount of daylight to flood inside.
- Open curtains and blinds fully.
- Trim any overgrown or overhanging shrubs and trees that overshadow your windows.
- Paint your ceiling a lighter shade than the rest of the room. This is a simple trick to make it appear higher (making the walls seem taller). You probably already have a tin of white paint in your home or garage, right?
3. Create clear home ‘zones’
This is particularly important if you have a family, are working from home, or both! Create clear zones within your home. You may not have space for a home office, but can you carve out a corner for a desk and laptop set-up? Can you allocate an area for your family to exercise and play in? Think about how you all use your home and agree on ‘zones’ to make the best use of space. For example, where do you eat? Where do you study? Where do you relax?
Use rugs, furniture and lighting in open plan areas to help ‘zone your space’.
This Houzz article has plenty of other suggestions too.
4. Use interior design tips to make your home feel more spacious
We’ve written an article with 10 top tips to make your home feel more spacious here. We’ve already mentioned some of the tips (such as using mirrors and natural light), but other tips include:
- Creative storage and organised shelving
- Large artwork
- Furniture positioning
- Make use of space near the ceiling
5. Add a personal touch to your walls
Take time to consider how your home could reflect your personality. Think about what is important to you.
Here are a few ideas that you might include:
- holiday photos that you’ve always wanted to display
- photos or paintings of your ancestors
- a map of where your family come from
- some artwork that your children are especially proud of
- a quote from your favourite book, film, poem or play
- a song lyric
- use deep box frames to display a memento such as a babygrow
- a postcard from the seaside
- pressed flowers or botanical prints
- a painting of your pet
Curate pieces that will work together. Your collection can (and should) be eclectic, but perhaps the pieces are linked by a theme (family/place) or by colour? Create a gallery wall to display these together beautifully.
The New York Times has lots of tips on framing and positioning your pieces in this article. And if you don’t have any frames at home, you can use washi tape to stick artwork your walls without damaging them.
Finally, you can find lots more tips, trends and inspiration for interiors here.