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25 Apr

Home decorating tips during the lockdown

While you’re confined to your home for the indefinite future, experts show how couples can use this time to reorganise and redecorate the different spaces in the apartment

A home is known to have a significant impact on its inhabitants, meeting both their practical and psychological needs. Since an organised and clutter-free space improves mood and increases productivity, home decor experts feel that now is a good time to redecorate your home and create an environment that you love. Interior designer Punam Kalra, Creative Director, I’m The Centre for Applied Arts, says, “Even the slightest change in your surroundings can bring about a positive change in the relationship. And doing this activity as a couple brings about a greater degree of understanding and maturity in the relationship.” So, here are a few ideas to lighten up the mood at home during the lockdown.

 

Declutter and organise

Now that you’ve spent considerable time indoors, you’ve come to realise the need for breathable, free spaces. Use this time to organise the things you own and take stock of stuff that you want to give away. Kalra says, “A well-organised space enhances the visual appeal, keeps it user-friendly, and maintains a convivial ambience. To maintain a connection with our exterior surroundings, good ventilation and natural lighting should also be ensured within the house.”

 

Space jam

The more we stay in, the more we need to adapt our spaces for activities such as exercising, introspection and entertainment. Create defined spaces such as a reading corner or a workout/wellness space that will allow the both of you to enjoy your individual space and time. Kalra asserts, “The existing furniture can be rearranged to open out the living room and the semi-private areas to create hindrance-free usage or to maximise comfortable seating for cosy reading spots. The easiest way is to go minimal without going bare—group similar objects in clusters of three to create a natural symmetry.”

Kitchen diaries

This is the best time to reorganise the kitchen, especially if you’re one of those couples who enjoys cooking together. “Reorganise the clutter, grow your very own herbs, and take stock of the pantry. Clean counters, with enough hanging space for utensils can make the space look more inviting,” shares Kalra.

 

Art therapy

All you art lovers, why not use this time to get your hands dirty and engage in some brain-stimulating fun together. Ankur Ahuja, CEO, Ankur Ahuja – The Luxurious Living, advises, “Do a pencil sketch for your bedroom wall or modern art for the living room. If you’ve always wanted to learn art or complete an unfinished painting, then pursue it now.”

 

A walk down memory lane

What better time than now to create an intimate space within your home! Create new mood boards with personal albums, artwork, memorabilia and books amassed over the years. Kalra suggests converting a wall into a gallery to showcase your intimate memories.

Love will keep us alive

With no access to the outside world to enjoy date nights, how about recreating them at home? Choose a cosy spot or a balcony corner to plan date nights with your beloved. Ahuja suggests, “Decorate the dining table with good linen and elegant serveware and wineglasses—the works! Dress up the room, the table and yourself, because there’s so much to be grateful for and that’s reason enough to celebrate!”

 

Work it out

For those working from home, create a dedicated space that’s inspiring, well-lit and quiet. Kalra advises, “Personalising a small corner with comfortable furniture and chic accessories like lamps, small planters, vibrant art, cosy rug, throws and cushions, can create an ideal work environment. The colours and materials can be kept balanced with a healthy dose of neutrals and wood, along with bolder accent tones and pieces, while also ensuring minimal clutter and visual conflict of the arrangement.”

 

Given our eclectic tastes and preferences, the practice of decorating a home together can be quite challenging. Ahuja concludes, “This lockdown period is the perfect opportunity for couples to connect. A simple activity such as reorganising and decorating a home can help you get to know more about each other as well as who you are as a couple.”

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