Create a cozy home whilst you're self-isolating
With most of the world officially on lockdown and people spending as much time as possible self-isolating at home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, many of our homes are becoming our workplaces, gyms, and social hubs. Making your space feel cozy, safe, and a place you enjoy spending a lot of time in is more important now than ever — whatever your living situation.
Create a nook for yourself to relax in.
If you've got the space and the furniture, create a little corner for yourself escape to and curl up in.
You don't need much, just a comfy chair, pouf, some pillows, a blanket, and maybe a solid surface to rest drinks and snacks. The nook can be your area to read and rest when things get too much or you want to dive into another world with a good book.
Plants and flowers will brighten the room and your mood.
Surround yourself with plants as they will improve air quality, reduce pollutants, and have been shown to decrease stress. They also look pretty incredible and give us something to nurture during these unsettled times.
If you're lucky enough to have a garden, forage for things to bring inside. During a time when we would normally be enjoying the outdoors, it's important to connect ourselves with nature any way possible.
Decorate with lights!
Lamp shades can bring serious soul to your home. Large woven pendants has a simple shape and neutral tones and makes your home feel spacious and intimate at the same time. The natural pendant lights also blends seamlessly with all kind of interiors.
Enlighten your strongest sense.
A nice smell leaves a lasting impression, whether it's from bedsheets, clothing, or a slice of cake — the same goes for your home space.
Smell is the strongest out of all of our senses so your home should appeal to you as an individual, which will make it feel more calming – use diffusers, scented candles, or take the extra time at home to make your own potpourri using dried flowers, oils, and spices.
Incorporate soft furnishings to your most used living spaces.
Fluffy pillows, throws, squishy blankets, and small faux-furry rugs are the home comforts we need right now, especially if you don't have a pet to cuddle.
Add more natural light and gulp down fresh air without going outside by opening a window.
Having a gentle breeze filter through the room will help fight the shut-away musty odor that we tend to go nose-blind to. Plus, adding natural light is a simple way to elevate any room during the day.
Maximise the natural light in each room. Place seating in areas with the most daylight and dress around windows rather than cover them up. Also, consider the scenery from your most-used areas and make the most of your external views.
Keep your working area separate from your sleeping area while confined at home.
A clean and well-lit working environment will encourage productivity and make you feel less lethargic. Use desk accessories such as tidy trays, pots and boxes to maximise efficiency of storage and create a neat working space, and make use of any kitchen storage jars for small stationery items such as staples or paper clips. Try to keep working areas and sleeping areas separate which will help with lethargy.
Print out photos of friends and family so that they are always in your cosy space.
You probably have a few special snaps on your instagram or camera roll you've always made a mental note to print out. Well, now is the time to do it.
Depending on where in the world you live, you can always online print these photos.
Then put them in frames, or create a wall collage of people and places you love the most.
... then you only need is to have a set of really nice loungewear that makes you feel good.