7 simple interior ideas to keep you motivated at home
It’s fair to say that we’ve all had some tougher months recently.
With many of us staring at the same four walls for some time now, motivation may be naturally in short supply. So here are some simple interior ideas that could help lift your spirits and keep inspiration flowing in.
1. Frame a powerful quote that speaks to you
Do you have a quote that speaks to you? Or if not, maybe it’s time to find one! A great idea to keep you motivated is to buy a print and frame it for your wall. You can blow up a huge graphic to make a statement or make a collage wall with several motivational quotes. Some of our favourites include:
- “Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy.”
- “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”
- “If you want to change your life, change your mind.”
- “Dreams don’t come true. Dreams are true.”
- “Your only limitation is your imagination.”
- “Try and fail, but don’t fail to try.”
- “Seize the day.”
2. Keep friends and family close with photos
It’s hard to be away from our loved ones for so long, but why not place photos of them around your home? One creative lockdown project is to print out a bunch of photos that evoke happy memories and hang them up with string and wooden pegs. Plus, you can easily add to it once you make more memories!
3. Look after yourself while working at home
WFH set-ups are not always the best, especially if thrown into a lockdown without much notice. Perhaps it’s time to invest in some home office essentials if you haven’t already. Make sure you have plenty of good lighting, a peaceful decluttered workspace and a good chair (preferably ergonomic). It will make all the difference to your mental health – and your lower back – at the end of a long workday. Plus, make sure your work area and living area are separate if possible, to help you maintain a healthy work-life balance.
4. Try a sun lamp
While we’re in the midst of spring, it’s fair to say that many of us are probably not getting enough vitamin D (AKA the happiness vitamin). A sun lamp is a special kind of light that mimics natural light, just without the harmful UV. It’s believed to help uplift mood, particularly if you sit in front of a sun lamp within the first hour of waking up. This is a great investment to make for gloomy days or if your home doesn’t get a lot of natural light.
5. A fresh paint job
Repainting a room is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to make it feel like a brand new space. Though we understand this may not always be the most practical for some. Who says painting always needs to be on a large scale? You can repaint furniture like bedside tables, consoles, even your lamps – you name it! This could be a simple DIY project for you to tackle on the weekends once you’ve tired out of Netflix and make small changes you can be proud of.
6. A staple piece
Whilst some of us may be on the home stretch, it’s never too late to spoil yourself with that piece of furniture you’ve been umm’ing and ah’ing for a while. It could be a staple piece for the bedroom like an armchair or artwork, a new comfy lounge or even some statement accessories that breathe new life into a space that might feel a bit ‘done’ by now.
7. Change it up
You’d be surprised how small shifts in your furniture placement can make the entire room feel completely revitalised. Try changing the direction of your couch, turn your desk 90 or 180 degrees, maybe shuffle the dining table to a different area, or face your bed against a different wall. This spatial change will disrupt the existing energy and flow, which will change how you feel in the space entirely. And you know what, if it doesn’t quite work, you can always move it back.
Our surroundings can make such a big difference to our mood and motivation. Be sure to check in with how you are feeling, make a peaceful space for yourself and try to get regular walks.