Most of our time is spent at home during a pandemic and a time when home work is the norm. So why not make the most of it? Why not try to optimize our living environment for maximum comfort, productivity and all day long? Why not try to raise the living ambience to a whole new level? The great thing about redesigning your interior, and the ambience in general, is that you don’t have to invest in major renovations – although you could if you wanted to.
No, you can just make some creative and technology-based changes to your living environment that will make you more productive during the work day and more relaxed during your downtime. Let’s look at what these changes might look like, and let’s talk about tech, furniture, and some interior design psychology.
1. Start with some smart changes
First of all, remember that technology not only has a functional purpose in your home, it can also have a profound impact on your entire living environment. From these practical IoT devices that you can control with your voice or smartphone, to smart lighting, cameras, sensors and your work technology, there are many ways in which you can use intelligent technology in your everyday life.
The key here is to create a living environment that works for you and allows you to be more productive all day. This is especially important when managing clients, clients, and working relationships with colleagues from your home office who need collaboration tools, communication apps, video conferencing tools, and more.
But if you’re just doing chores, you can have a smart device in every room to help. While a robotic vacuum cleaner can relieve you of some tasks, a smart home hub in the kitchen helps you with shopping and to-do lists, with cooking and much more. These are the little quality of life technologies that can improve the ambience of your home.
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2. Optimize the lighting scheme
When it comes to enhancing the ambience of your living area, you need to focus heavily on the lighting concept. However, it is important to note that there is no cookie cutter solution here, as we need different lighting for different tasks throughout the day. Cooking in the kitchen requires bright work lighting, but lounging in an armchair you may need diffuse ambient lighting that doesn’t reflect off the TV screen.
And what if you work from home and need to be as concentrated and productive as possible? You need a mix of the two, with the ability to scale the lighting on the fly. In order to create the optimal LED lighting, dimmers and smart light bulbs are therefore often required, which you can control with your smartphone. This is a great way to scale the lighting for any task and optimize the ambience in any room.
3. Choose furniture carefully
The technology allows you to fully enjoy your living environment, but also the interior design in general. The furniture you choose in each room has a huge impact on the ambience and functionality of the room, which is why it is so important to choose furniture carefully.
Here you want to close the gap between aesthetics and comfort and choose the right furniture for every scenario. In the kitchen, you can choose some lovely bentwood chairs that are both durable and comfortable. In your home office, however, you want to introduce an ergonomic desk chair that you can adjust for the perfect work position.
In the living room, on the other hand, there is nothing better than a nice pull-out sofa that can also serve as a bed or has a hidden storage compartment. Also, think about multifunctionality and choose the pieces that can serve many purposes in your home.
4. Focus on symmetry and geometry
The human brain loves order and symmetry. Symmetry is easy on the eye, brings clarity to our minds and the space we live in, and is just pleasant to see all day long. Chaos, clutter, and clutter, on the other hand, are detrimental to your work-life balance.
First of all, make sure that you clear out your living area on a regular basis. Next, consider some modern living trends like using geometric shapes and symmetry to shape the design of any space, including your home office. While the subject should follow a coherent train of thought in any room, make sure you have a single focus to add a little bit of contrast to the room.
For example, you can introduce a sloping or oval sofa into the living room, which is otherwise dominated by square armchairs, coffee tables and shelves.
5. Go green to create a calm environment
If you want to create a quiet and at the same time functional living space, you should not least invest in a biophilic design. Nature helps us relax, clear our minds, revitalize our body and mind, and become more productive in whatever we do. Whether you’re just relaxing, doing chores, or trying to be as productive as possible, you need more greenery in your life.
You also need more natural materials in your home like wooden chairs and desks to compliment the greenery and create a calm oasis in your home. That doesn’t mean you have to turn your living space into a rainforest, but it does mean that you should put at least one potted plant in every room.
Over to you
As we now spend more time at home, it is important to invest in our living environment. Consider bringing technology and creativity together to create a functional and beautiful design in your home that will allow you to be the best version of yourself whether you are working, doing chores, or watching your favorite Netflix show .