Since Covid-19 struck perhaps the entire world with this devastating implications of normal living, many people have been restricted to their own homes for a very long time. Despite some measures to ease the lockdown and gently initiate normal life again, there is growing concern that a second wave of infection is imminent.
To this end, it’s been advised to prepare for further quarantine. To make such frustrating news more palatable, it’s worth considering one’s personal living space and using the time effectively by adding improvements to your home.
William Seegmiller has featured some inventive ways to breathe new life into living spaces and has featured across a number of interior design blogs and media platforms.
Here are four top tips to make affordable amendments to one’s home.
1. Vintage Wallpaper
There is a plethora of old vintage wallpapers that are lurking in crevices of online shopping sites and charity shops. Dusty old rolls left in lofts with sun bleached fades and crinkled paper finish need not be sent directly to the bin.
Gather a range of different styles and finishes of paper. Mismatched wallpaper can be make for a more bespoke style to a living room. Set out enough paper, with a 20% margin of wastage and select a single wall to paste your well curated aged designs across. If the paper is damaged, attempt to flatten the paper first before pasting. Spreading out an even coat of paste and smoothing out from the centre will help create a professional finish.
2.Plants and lamps
The combination of living green plants and light sources create uplifting and exotic ambiance to any space. Consider the use of light to urban environments and how uplifting spot lights pick out architectural features on buildings. Applying this principle with plants allows for intricate silhouettes cast across walls and ceiling. This creates a different type of room than in daylight. A simple to maintain Yucca plant with a low energy led lamp will make a feature of a room. It’s important that little heat is produced to avoid plant damage and fire hazards.
3.Hide the television set
The ubiquitous television set is a dominant feature of any room. It beckons for attention and is a visual distraction which undermines the design of the room. Concealing the object was a usual approach during the formative years of television but since the prevalence of large LED screens and their wall mounted capabilities, it has now become a window to look out from.
Covering the TV with a patterned fabric or investing in a simple side board can immediately transform the focus of the room away from the gazing onto the screen.
4.Up cycled existing furniture
Instead of buying new items of furniture, considering adding a little attention to your well-worn arm chair for example. Upcycling furniture has become a common trait in most modern households as an aesthetic style and in the spirit of lowering carbon footprint. A simple coat of fresh paint and adding new padding can breathe new life into the old air loom.
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