Home Makeover: Social Distancing Edition
Posted by Niels Madsen on
We’re all spending a lot more time in our homes these days, meaning it’s never been more important to make sure you’ve got your home environment just right for you.
In lieu of being able to do any more involved changes that involve builders and tradesmen and lots of supplies, we’re going to take a look at some of the ways you can give your home a makeover while physical distancing measures are in place. Implement these for you personally to enjoy, or as a precursor to setting up to sell.
A New Arrangement
It may sound simple but simply rearranging the positions of things can put a completely new spin on a room, without needing to buy anything or even do any DIY!
A new furniture layout could change the lighting and dynamics of a room, all while making it that much more comfortable to spend time in. Consider if that couch has to be against that wall? Does that cabinet need to be on that side? Just keep in mind where plugs and sockets are so you don't accidentally cover them up, and keep them accessible for all uses.
Make it Spring
If you’re feeling up to something a little more dramatic - why not incorporate some spring flourishes to your home decor? Flowers and plants are an absolute must for adding positivity and a welcoming focal point.
There are low maintenance real plants you can add as decoration in your living space, or if you don't want to commit to the real deal, fake plants are believable.
If you’re a keen sewer, you could try and add some floral patterns to your furniture. Create new cushion covers, replace your curtains, find some new paintings - find more creative ways to get artistic!
Time To Get Started On Those DIY Tasks
We’re not advocating a shopping spree, but no doubt many of us have DIY tasks we’ve been putting off for some time or planned projects that came to fruition.
Now is the time to take those on.
For example, you could:
Change your style and colour with a new coat of paint
Condition your wood or leather furniture to have it looking as good as new
Aid your decluttering efforts with some shelves or alternative storage ideas
A Spring Clean, Any Time Of Year
We’re not talking about disinfecting surfaces regularly here - although that is definitely something you should be doing! Now is the right time to give your house that thorough once over you’ve been meaning to get around to, getting into all those neglected spots like vents and underneath the bed.
Once you’ve finished cleaning, make sure to keep those surfaces clear and as free of clutter as possible. It may not sound like much, but that one small consideration can help to create a sense of calm and alleviate stress.
Lighting The Way
Lighting is about more than just illumination - it’s about mood, atmosphere, and style, and let’s face it, none of us are going to be going out for the evening!
Meaning getting that extra touch of ambiance could make all the difference to your nights at home. Even if you can’t bring in new lights or give your home a full makeover, there are still some small things you could do that will make a difference:
Replace the bulbs in your lights
Clean your lamps thoroughly using a dry microfiber cloth, and a vacuum if necessary
Change the angles of the lighting
Get Out Into The Garden
With spring fully in bloom (and summer just around the corner), there’s no better way to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature than by kicking back in your garden - provided it’s in good shape!
Before you can unwind, you may need to give your garden its own makeover. Start by making sure your garden furniture is well-conditioned and varnished, then move on to the vital task of weeding your garden, as well as clearing off any debris that’s collected over the winter.
Now is also an excellent time to take up gardening, whether you have a spacious garden or just some room on a sun-soaked window ledge, you’re ready to start growing. For beginners, start with some easy to grow herbs like rosemary or mint.
Make Your Home A Sanctuary
When the line between home and work blurs - and with physical distancing measures keeping us away from the outside world - it can be easy to lose that relaxing sense of peace and security the home provides.
This is why we suggest taking steps to make sure your home is still a place to be mindful and relaxed. Set up a corner of the room away from any screens, put down some comfortable cushions, and arrange some scented candles to create your own relaxing alcove.
Where Should Your Workspace Be?
With so many of us working from home, we need to find a spot that may go beyond the traditional home office. Think about transforming your spaces, whether it’s a dining space, balcony, or living room, to create something that is more than functional.
Your new workspace could look out on the garden, or provide visual stimulus in the form of artwork or plants. Most importantly be creative, and let what feels comfortable guide you.
Throughout this difficult period, all of us here at Madsen Langlois are dedicated to being here for all of our valued customers. We’ll be at hand offering advice, helpful content, or figuring out how you can get the outcomes you want on the property ladder. To stay in touch with us, follow us on social media, or contact us to find out more about what we can offer you.