Friday 30 October, 2020

Wellness at home: tips to zhoosh up the home for the long haul

FYI: Colour doesn’t mean solids only or colour-blocking, you can make it funky with prints or patterns such as patchwork, brocade, or jacquard accents (Photos: iStock)

FYI: Colour doesn’t mean solids only or colour-blocking, you can make it funky with prints or patterns such as patchwork, brocade, or jacquard accents (Photos: iStock)

What do you do when you’re stuck in a rut and dire need of some inspiration?

Feng shui.

More so, a practice of Feng shui that recommends shifting things around for a new perspective.

Feng shui is not novel, and avid Loop Lifestyle readers know it is, in fact, a practice we endorse completely.

All great projects start with research, here are some tips to help you zhoosh up the home for the long haul. But, what are some other methods of ‘defunking’ the space?

And, in the age of technology and transitions to digital, who needs an expert for anything? We’re all creative, and if we’re trying to improve a space to our liking, who better than ourselves to kickstart that process?

Visualising is key.

Seeing it all come to fruition (ideally) and creating a mental plan of the space is key. Research helps when you’re in the unknown; start searching for tips and DIY pointers or hire a professional.

Start by switching things around: changing your bed linens, switching around the home accessories, investing in a few coffee table tomes, buying a quirky ashtray or paperweight or other ‘statement’ piece.

While one colleague took matters into his own hands and installed a basketball hoop in his living room to break the tension, and another decided she needed some green real estate, these are both examples of shaking things up.

Add some colour to your walls.

You deserve a statement wall. Be it actual paint on the walls, a fresh piece of artwork, or coloured draping, try to keep it fun, interesting, and 100% you.

FYI: Colour doesn’t mean solids only or colour-blocking, you can make it funky with prints or patterns such as patchwork, brocade, or jacquard accents.

Create a space designated to zen. Your zen space doesn’t even have to be the darkest, most drab corner of the space. Go for the lighter areas; set up your new space in and around an area that you enjoy spending time: near the comfy couch, towards the tail end of the island, or a dry spot on the verandah/back porch that makes for a quiet, creative space when complete.

Keep it light.

One should always aim to keep the space light and compact. Always start with organising, as cliché as it may sound, organising gets things in order.

Only reference Marie Kondo for tips, you may never have everything in order as she does, and that’s okay.

Think of organising as a goal, a project, something you aspire to and take the steps to achieve it and before you know it, you’ve developed a habit out of ‘getting things in order’.

And, just like that, you’re in love with the space you create and are much happier about your overall productivity.

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