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.”
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.”