The Covid-19 pandemic has forced most of us to stay at home to prevent the transmission of the virus. As we spend more time indoors, it’s important to take the time to organize and spruce up our homes-turned-offices. After all, good design, Psychology Today notes, can contribute to a better overall mental state. To help you out, we’ve compiled for you five décor tips to get you started:
Play with Textures
Add a pop of liveliness to an otherwise flat and boring room by incorporating and experimenting with different textures. Doing so is useful, especially if you’re big on neutral colors and don’t want to include hues that are too bold or loud.
One obvious way to do this is by using cushions or blankets, but you can also add textural accents with trinkets like lamps, baskets, dried flowers, or candles.
Use Eco-friendly Materials
There’s always been an ethical question when it comes to fast fashion and fast décor. As we become more environmentally conscious, the demand for sustainable products grows. The same can be said for interior design.
Luckily, there are a lot of materials to choose from that have a low environmental footprint. Furniture made from materials like timber, acacia, bamboo, and rattan, which are all sustainably sourced, are examples of these. The best part? They lend a warm earthiness to a space, which can help if you’re trying to achieve a more eclectic kind of look.
Make a Gallery Wall
An empty wall is like a blank canvas, and what better way to decorate it than to turn it into your personal gallery? For a more bohemian touch, HomeServe recommends starting with collecting things you love in print form – family photographs, original art, even newspaper clippings.
Once you’ve gathered enough material to cover your wall, it’s up to you how to arrange your frames. You could organize them into themes – family in one corner and friends in the other, for example – or you can do it randomly in a mixed arrangement, depending on your preferences.
Clean Up the Clutter
If your tastes skews towards a more minimalist style, you can take a cue from mid-century interior designs. Forbes notes the style’s enduring appeal, and for good reason.
The mid-century style emphasizes cleanliness, simple lines, flat planes, and plenty of light. You can mimic this in your own home by doing away with excess ornaments and adding as much natural light as possible to create the illusion of an expansive space. Books, nightstands, and coffee tables are also great fixtures and accessories you can use to draw the eye towards sharp geometric patterns.
Incorporate Nature-inspired Colors
With the pandemic depriving us of most of our outdoor activities, Architectural Digest predicts a trend of using nature-inspired tones in interior design this year.
Gemma Riberti, head of interiors at WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors, recommends using liberal swaths of deep greens and blues to relax the eyes and give you a much-needed dose of nature even as you stay indoors. If you have a garden, you can also pick out a few flowers to add as a colorful centerpiece to your room.
These tips can be useful for beginners looking for guidance on how to decorate their homes. But as we’ve previously mentioned here in our post How To Find Your Interior Design Style, your space is your own at the end of the day. Perhaps the best tip we could give you is to stay true to your own style. Everything else will follow.