As we all know this has not been a usual year. Our lives have changed in so many ways notably how long we have all spent cooped up indoors. It has been making us all feel uneasy and to be honest a little claustrophobic. Now, as a result of cities and towns starting to reopen slowly, it is now time to make some decorative changes to our homes to feel a bit more life and vigor amidst the dankness of months of quarantine.
Since so many of us bloggers work at home anyway it is now time to spruce up your home office or your work space as work resumes to normalcy albeit slowly. Here are five simple ways to say goodbye to the old and say hello to a new life free from anxiety and filled with more hope and sunshine.
Use Summer Colors
You would be amazed at how easy it is to change a living space with a few new items and colors. Color can be a real catalyst to how you see the world. In fact, according to expert designers colors have a true affect on your emotions, behaviors and even feelings. Warm colors, especially during fall, can make you feel cozy and happy. Bright colors like yellow, orange and pink can uplift any mood. Think about nature. That is why you see summer colors everywhere with a wide variety of colors. To make things easy for you use the summer palette as inspiration for your work space. Bring nature indoors from yellow throw pillows to even a little paint redo.
Bring In New Accessories
To change your work space bring in new items in a whole array of colors. Have fun with accessories like seat cushions or throw pillows. You can bring in a bit of color with a new lamp or pen holder. Since we are all on a budget go to craft and office stores and raid their discount racks. With a little creativity you can get great small pieces and pay very little.
Do you know that scents can also change your mood? Scents like chamomile and lavender are amazing stress relievers. If you are having a problem with isolation during this time you can use a diffuser with scents like frankincense, sage and rose. Aromatherapy with essential oils in your space can also enhance your space and make you feel alive in a time when we all need a change.
Splurge on One New Item
Is your work space in desperate need of a new large item like a desk, bookshelf or even a chair? This might be the best time to splurge a little and go for it. This doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot of money. As aforementioned, we are all on a huge self-imposed budget. Rather, take a little time to go to antique stores or find people who are selling their stuff. Buying a new-to-you item from someone else will not only help you, but put a little money in someone else’s pocket. If you want to spend on a brand-new item and not just a new-to-you item, we recommend Furniturebox where you can also see their sale items.
Place Flowers Everywhere
Bringing in flowers is also a nice way to spruce up your workspace. The next time you are at your local grocery store look for the marked down cut flowers. You’ll be surprised how many beautiful bouquets you can buy for $3 to $5 dollars. The florists know that the bouquets have a good a week left in them, but they may have a few blemishes like one dead flower or a few leaves starting to fall off. One simple decorative idea is to get small vases and fill them with fresh flowers. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s an instant mood lifter.
Did you know that mirrors make a small space appear larger. Again, go to furniture stores, antique shops or discount stores and buy mirrors of all different shapes and sizes. It is so much fun to do in a space. Not only will it look great, but it will give the illusion of living in a new, larger space.
Changing your workspace is so important now in these changing times. It is important to know that you don’t have to spend a lot of money, but invest in your space in small ways that will make a difference in your life.