Stay at home. It’s the message we’ve heard countless times in this unprecedented period. Our homes have always been the foundation of our lives but suddenly their importance has been magnified. The security they provide has never been more real, as we retreat to their sanctuary to stay away from the virus.
The meaning of ‘home’ has undoubtedly taken on new significance in recent months.
Over the last few months (and probably well into the new year) – within the walls of the home, we have had to work, teach our children, exercise and entertain ourselves and then feel relaxed enough to fall asleep at night – only to do the same again the next day.
What we need from our homes is more important than it has ever been.
For many, home plays an emotional role. How many times have we used or heard of the term ‘home is where the heart is’? We all have different definitions of home, some may say it’s a place to hold their belongings and to sleep. Others may define it as a place of safety, rest, comfort and a space where they spend a lot of time with family and friends.
For the latter, home acts as an extension of self, therefore increasing the importance of the appearance of the home. Home design needs have definitely shifted and while we don’t know what 2021 has in store for us, here are some ways you can ensure you’re prepared:
1. Comfort is key
We’ve seen everyone on the socials rocking athleisure and loungewear – comfort is key. The same goes for our home, spending more time at home means we’ve noticed areas that we can improve and make more comfortable. Invest in that new couch, bigger TV and comfortable bed – it’s worth it in the long run.
2. Home office revamp
With many of us working from home, the home office has become a necessary addition to the home. Whether it’s a fully-fledged office or multi-purpose space, being comfortable while you work is imperative.
4. Clear and calm
The world may not be in the calmest state, but that doesn’t mean our homes can’t be. The feeling of calm usually starts with a good clear out. Continue to make reorganizing and decluttering a big focus. Read our home spring cleaning guide here.
5. Kitchen re-design
Kitchens have become the absolute heart of the home, more than ever before. We have been facing a ‘full house’ every day of the week and really have to make the most of our living and dining spaces. It may be time to get a bigger fridge or a dining room suite for the whole family.
6. At-home gyms
We’ve all considered a private exercise space in the home but lockdown certainly placed more emphasis on the need for a home gym. Virtual training sessions are the new thing whether you invest in equipment or a TV screen with good speakers and space, you’re good to go.
7. Multi-functional spaces
Because it’s not just working from home, it’s also exercising and and and... It might be time to review the space in each room and decide whether they are being used optimally considering the additional activities we have needed to consider. Can you fit a treadmill in your garage or can you put an additional office desk in the guestroom?
Perspective in trying times
Lastly, we have to factor in how this pandemic is shifting our perspective, because we simply can’t view the world as we would pre-COVID. More than ever we need to be grateful for our homes, the safety they provide and invest in them to ensure they are most comfortable, regardless of why or how long we are there for.
While we’ve barely scratched the surface of the #homegoals, hopefully we’ve set your mind into overdrive with ideas!