Do you often look around your home and think that it is time to change the look of it? That’s completely normal!
Your house will always require some form of renovation, especially if you have been living in it for a few years. Since both the design trends and your domestic needs will evolve as time moves on, you should always keep on transforming small parts of your house in terms of design, decor or furnishing to keep it up-to-date, aesthetically pleasing, comfortable and most importantly – conforming to your needs.
Here are a few design ideas that will help you keep your kitchen and study rooms fresh and handy!
The kitchen is arguably the most important room in the house, and perhaps the most expensive to remodel – simply because it can require the most renovations because of how much of its appliances and space is used on a daily basis. But if you do not want to redo your kitchen entirely, there are still small changes you can make to give it a new look.
- Change your sink and faucet
The faucet is the hardest working part of the kitchen, so you should choose one that is convenient. Our advice is to splurge on the faucet – go for a premium brand and a contemporary design like this pullout sink mixer so that you can make the most of washing dishes. When choosing a sink to partner with the faucet, we suggest you opt for simplicity. This two-bowl sink with knife holder will let you classify your dishes and cooking utensils separately in its bowls, and is spacey enough to let you wash a large number of items with ease.
- Buy a new water dispenser
Buy yourself a new, energy-efficient water dispenser. This Enviro water cooler and dispenser is not only beautiful in its design but it is also highly efficient and comes with a built-in mini fridge – perfect to place some quick snacks!
- Redo your flooring
A new floor will completely transform your kitchen. Laminate flooring offers a natural, traditional beauty and is durable. Though it comes in a wide range of wood looks, we recommend this dark teak flooring by Interwood because it will give your kitchen a luxurious, royal feel.
- Get yourself a new hob
Gas hobs are the most popular type of stoves used in Pakistan. They are known for their accurate heat distribution, versatility and responsiveness. They come in various sizes from a 2 burner hob to a 6 burner hob – you should choose yours depending on the size of your family and the amount of pots that are often on your active stove at a time. We recommend this 3 burner hob with auto-ignition – it is a decent size and comes with a one year leakage warranty.
- Decorate your kitchen
Not all changes to your kitchen have to be major. Sometimes, adding a few little pieces of decor can give a room a completely fresh makeover. Place this beautiful mirror tray on your shelf and fill it up with fresh fruits. Or add a bit of greenery to your kitchen – if your kitchen does not have enough space for a fully standing plant, use these small hanging flower pots in front of your kitchen window.
Over the last couple of years, there has been a massive change in the professional sphere. More and more people have started working from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and as a result, a dedicated working space has become a necessity in homes.
There are endless possibilities when it comes to decorating a home office – you can play with graphic wallpapers, various colour palettes and elegant office furniture. Here are a few things you can do to make your home office unique:
- Add a splash of colour to your office
Don’t settle for plain, dull walls. Paint the walls of your home office in your favourite colour – one that will help you focus on your work. For some people, it’s a bright, cheery colour like orange, whereas other people prefer softer colour palettes such as pale blue or cream yellow. Happilac’s wall emulsion is a water-based, smooth matte finish paint that is perfect for indoor walls, and is available in a wide range of colours.
- Lighting is important
Make sure your office has plenty of light to cut down on eye strain and headaches. Place your computer monitor or laptop so that there is no glare from a window. If there is little or no natural light, add as much task lighting as you can. Note that research has shown that cooler, white light can improve productivity. E-Build Pakistan has a variety of lighting options from ceiling lights to desk lamps.
- Buy a classy desk
Choosing the right office desk is important since that one piece of furniture essentially serves as your worktop. Consider your workflow and what items you need to keep within your arm’s reach – such as your important documents, your computer, printer or any extra decoration you wish to place on top. Opt for a sleek, modern office table with a spacious top, or if you want your office to look rustic and quirky, buy this vintage ladder study desk that is both beautiful and functional.
- Invest in a comfortable chair
Since you spend hours sitting in your office chair, it is okay to spend a bit more and choose a chair that is both beautiful and ergonomically correct. When looking to buy a new office chair, consider if it has good lumbar support, a soft seat material, armrests, swivel so that you can reach around your workspace without straining and decent quality wheels to make movement easier. E-Build Pakistan offers a wide range of high quality office chairs that you can buy, such as this high-backed one.
You could also add a chaise or a small sofa in your office so that it complements the theme of the rest of your house. On top of that, a sofa will give you the option to switch back and forth between your desk and lounge for calls, reading or short breaks.
- Creative storage is smart storage
Home offices are not very large in size, so it is important to use space efficiently. Think vertical storage – hang floating shelves on the walls to get books and office equipment off your desk, as well as some of the more personal office decor that does not have to be within arm’s reach, such as photo frames. Organise your office desk with the help of a compartment desk organiser. You should also buy a cabinet, such as this minimalist one, to store your books and folders.
The kitchen and home office are two of the commonly used spaces of your house and hence will require maintenance, especially during the COVID pandemic, when the two rooms are being constantly used. Since renovation can be an expensive task, the key is to find a balance between your wants (it is easy to find inspiration from home decor blogs across the internet) and what you need and can afford.