Our home needs to be both a functional space in which to work, as well as a relaxing space in which to wind down and spend quality time with our loved ones. Here’s how to accomplish both
1. Less is more
Homes and Gardens suggests to start with a neutral colour palette to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. A simple colour scheme of white, cream or taupe can bring dimension and relaxation to a room. Add texture to make your design look more interesting, mixing metals and wood in the furniture and décor pieces. Avoid overcrowding – minimal furnishing and simple organic shapes will maintain a dimension of peace and tranquillity.
2. Lighting is key
Lighting is one of the most important aspects of any living space; it can change the mood and perceived size of a room. Designers say that homes should have three layers of lighting: ambient lighting, task lighting for working, and accent lighting to draw attention to specific objects or areas of the room. Using lights in the right way can lift up your spirits, ease relaxation and inspire productivity.