Too Much Time During Lockdown? Rearrange The Furniture!
With so many of us spending most of our time at home, it's perfectly understandable if you've started to wonder why you decorated it the way you did! Especially if the kitchen is now the schoolroom or the bedroom has become a makeshift office. Whether the position of your dining room table is starting to bug you, or you are questioning whether the lamp from your bedroom might work better in the living room, there is likely some aspect of your home you would like to change.
The good news is that rearranging the furniture doesn't cost any money and it will help give you a new perspective on spaces you are probably spending more time than you would like.
When so many aspects of our daily lives are out of our control, at least we can be in control of the space in which we work, sleep, socialise and educate!
Play with the Layout
The best way to plan your layout is not to plan! Start by working out your focal point (TV, artwork, mirror or a window, for example) and move your furniture around it to see which configuration creates the freshest look. If you want to ignore your focal point entirely, that's ok too. You may not know what works best until you see it laid out before you!
Divide a Room
While open-plan layouts are excellent for creating airflow and maximising light (and monitoring children!), they aren't always ideal in a pandemic! As it turns out, walls and partitions are useful for reducing noise and creating a sense of privacy, something many of us are struggling with as we attempt to conduct zoom meetings with children in the next room. The quickest and easiest way to define zones within one room is to adjust the furniture. You could try turning chairs and sofas to face away from the rest of the space or use a rug to create a visually distinct area. If you have a lot going on in one space, a rug will also help to absorb noise and create softness. Bold colours generally work best when trying to mark out designated areas.
Read our post on how to choose the right rug size for more tips.
Are you bored of looking at the same things all the time? Try swapping around the accessories in your home. Move cushions, lamps, artwork and photos to refresh the look of any room in your home. You could also try restyling your shelves by clearing everything off them and displaying them in a more curated way. Don't forget to dust and wipe down your shelves if necessary while they are bare!
Only want to swap one item? Try swapping a rug. Just as switching around cushions, lighting and artwork can give your home a mini makeover, swapping rugs from room to room or changing their position can make a room feel completely different. If your rug is currently centred, try laying it off centre and see how it looks and feels. Alternatively, try turning it vertically or horizontally to change the perspective. Remember, there are no rules when it comes to your home, so go with whatever works best for you and your family.
Declutter and Organise
Rearranging the furniture is the perfect time to have a good tidy up! Try to narrow down your space to the essentials and throw away/donate/gift anything that no longer serves a purpose. Decluttering can have a palpable therapeutic effect and help you move around spaces more freely.
Organising drawers and cupboards can also help you restyle your space and get rid of things that really don't need to be in your home anymore.
If you are looking for an inexpensive way to completely change the look of your home, a rug is a great place to start. Browse our collection or contact our friendly team if you have any questions.