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Although you may not realise it, colour can influence what we buy, as well as our moods, creativity levels, productivity, and psychology! It can also affect our confidence and appetite (ever wondered why fast food restaurants always use the colour red?).

If any of you are Trinny and Susannah fans then you’ll know that colour plays an important role in the way we appear to others.  The same can be said about the colours we choose for our homes.

Green

Symbolises health, growth (plants, our lawns after a summer thunderstorm) and success.  It is the colour of balance and harmony.  People waiting to appear on TV sit in ‘green rooms’ to help them relax.  Hospitals also use green to calm their patients.  As green is widely considered to be rather masculine and conservative, it also a good choice for a home office.  We’ve used green here to freshen up our Noosa collection, and then balanced it with a few earthy brown tones. 

Yellow

Think happiness, inspiration and optimism.  Yellow is also known for its ability to sharpen memory and concentration skills.  However, you may be interested to know that babies cry more if they sleep in yellow bedrooms.  A small amount of yellow will cheer up a room but it can be overpowering so don’t overuse it! 

Orange

Like yellow, a little bit goes a long way.  Orange is known to increase creativity, enthusiasm, energy, vitality and warmth.  Although burnt oranges and other muted earth tones are very on-trend at the moment, orange is a colour that can date rather quickly - the 70s come to mind - so limit its use to accessories that can be changed such as cushions, photo frames and table runners. 

Blue

Blue makes the body produce calming chemicals which help us to relax.  It is perfect for use in bedrooms.  Dress your kids in blue PJs!  In the photos below, we've demonstrated how you can use different shades of blue to create different looks -- be it dreamy, beachy, or sophisticated.  When you view the images, notice how each one makes you feel.

Red

Being such a strong colour, red is most often used as an accent in interior decoration.    Red symbolises love, warmth and passion, but also anger, danger and aggression.  Believe it or not, this powerful colour can actually raise your blood pressure.  It’s an active colour so we definitely wouldn’t use it on the kids’ bedroom walls!  Red is also an appetite stimulant so you’d better not sit on your red sofa with a large bag of chips!

Purple

Stands for magic, power, healing, luxury and wealth.  Purple works best as an accent colour, just like the flowers below.

Brown

Most men rate brown among their favourite colours.  It’s natural, solid, earthy, comfortable and reliable.  However, too much brown can make a room feel dull and boring so don’t go overboard.

White

Stands for simplicity, purity, innocence and light.  Being neutral, it goes with everything but it does get dirty.  White is a great choice for a fresh beginning which is why many women choose to redecorate their homes in white after a divorce.

Beige & Ivory

Beige and ivory are timeless background colours.  They represent calm and simplicity, and don't seem to date the way some other neutrals do. 

Black, Grey & Charcoal

Black is the colour of authority, power, evil and, in Western cultures, also death.  Black is used in interior design to add an element of sophistication, although some believe dark charcoal is a better alternative.  Grey is considered a good background colour as it doesn’t compete with other colours.  Grey is neutral, restful and cooling and will reduce the intensity of other colours.  It is practical and conservative but keep in mind that too much grey can be a little unimaginative and depressing. When styling your home, be sure to team black, grey and charcoal tones with white or a bold accent colour for that ‘wow’ factor.

Pink

Think pink for tranquillity, romance, friendship, love, contentment…and all things Barbie!

A lick of paint and some new homewares are the easiest and cheapest ways to give a room a new lease of life.  As a general rule, rooms that face north or west should be painted and decorated with cool colours as they take the full brunt of the summer sun, and rooms that face east or south are better suited to warm colours. 

If you’re not sure where to start, use neutrals - such as greys and beiges - on large areas like walls, floors or lounge suites.  Then you can introduce accent colours in small doses.  For example, if you love this season’s colours but think you may tire of them down the track, limit your purchases to homewares such as cushions, prints and photo frames.  That way, when you feel like a change, you can do so without blowing the budget.

Colour Psychology in Interior Design

Updating your family home with a fresh, new design concept is incredibly exciting but can be a little intimidating at the same time!

As one of the most popular decorating styles, achieving a shabby chic look in your home can be done easily and affordably, often incorporating bits and pieces already lying around the house.

1. A Worn, Whitewashed Table

Whitewashed furniture pieces made from reclaimed (or carefully distressed) timber are definitely your best bet as the building blocks for a laid back, authentic, shabby chic style. Snapping up a great dining table is a perfect place to start. You’ll likely find that, once you’ve got the feature piece of the room sorted, choosing the right chairs and accessories comes much more easily. The dining table below from our soft, romantic Shabby Chic collection is a great example. Made from a reclaimed pine mix, the furniture pieces in this collection have a white painted finish that has been carefully rubbed back to reveal a brown base, recreating the signature time-worn look that is at the heart of shabby chic interior decorating styles.

2. Antique Mirrors and Frames

Ornate photo frames and mirrors are a fantastic way to ensure you keep the ‘chic’ in shabby chic! If you don’t yet have a few of these at home, they’re relatively easy to find antique stores, markets, or even garage sales. If you find a design you like but hate the colour, a quick coat of white or soft pastel chalk paint can update tired frames in minutes.

3. Vintage Vignettes

Homewares that tick all the boxes for creating an authentic shabby-chic look can be found in abundance at a variety of price points in stores all over the world right now. A few quirky items grouped together in arrangements called ‘vignettes’ can introduce a sense of effortless elegance into a space, even if you secretly agonised over the precise positioning of each individual item (don’t worry, I won’t tell).

4. Get Comfy

Comfort should always take priority when buying for your home, though in this case it even forms part of the design concept. No wonder shabby chic is such a favourite! Begin with a generous assortment of scatter cushions on sofas and beds, then add in a couple of stylish rugs, and a fluffy throw blanket or two (in the right seasons of course) to keep your living spaces feeling fashionably casual and relaxed.

5. A Few Florals

Laid-back and elegant, the shabby chic look lends itself well to feminine touches. Floral fabrics, prints, and fresh or artificial flowers breathe life into this decorating style.

Without any formal rules to follow, creating a shabby chic look in your home is as easy as it is enjoyable. What makes it one of my personal favourites is the fact that it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg (or your sanity) to achieve.

5 Affordable Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas

One of our favourite ways to enjoy chic, summer vibes all year round is with Hamptons-style decorating. Not only is this look timeless and effortlessly elegant, it’s also surprisingly budget-friendly to recreate in your family home.

What is Hamptons-style?

Originally, the inspiration for what is now known as Hamptons-style interior decorating came from an area of Long Island in New York—specifically, a group of little townships called The Hamptons. The homes and establishments in this area were coveted for their soft, neutral colour palette, timber floors, relaxed linen sofas, and blue and white-striped accessories. All in all, the style has come to represent the epitome of chic coastal living.

The Hamptons-style colour palette

To begin with, take a leaf out of the books of 21st Century minimalists and tone the colour scheme right down. After all, have you ever seen a fuchsia dining table in a Hamptons home? No, us neither. Instead, create a clean slate with white walls and even floorboards. A Hamptons-style colour palette consists of natural, sandy, linen tones for carpets, rugs and upholstery. 

Then, finally, layer in your accent colour group of choice. Blues reminiscent of wide-open skies and ocean vistas are always a safe bet—though a few hints of cool green never go astray.

Your next task is to clear the clutter—and be brutal about it! Open spaces are a fundamental component of Hamptons styling and, no, you don’t need to be quadrillionaire with a 15-bedroom home to achieve this feeling of space. Clever storage will be a tremendous help, here, but try your best to do a proper clear out first. 

Hamptons-style accessories

Now, the fun part: you’re ready to decorate! Providing you keep your furnishings coastal, sophisticated and welcoming, you can bring your personal style in to play when choosing furniture and accessories as you create your Hamptons-inspired home. Don’t shy away from spacious lounges, scatter cushions, textured throws and rugs in the decorating process.  However, we’d recommend keeping cane, wicker and rattan piece to a minimum to avoid venturing too far out into shabby chic territory.

Hamptons style decorating celebrates summertime, coastal getaways and everything that goes along with that time of year. It’s no wonder it’s a favourite among interior design enthusiasts all over the world. 

How to create a Hamptons-style home

If you haven’t noticed, the world looks absolutely, undeniably, totally and completely different to what it did 18 months ago.

And while Australia (touch wood) hasn’t been impacted by global events in the same way that many other countries in our world have, there have still been some pretty dramatic changes to the way we work, play, and connect with others.

The truth is people’s priorities have changed.  Most of us are finding ourselves wanting and valuing different (simpler) things to what we did less than two years ago. 

We want to feel safe.

We want to stay healthy.

We want to do what we can to protect the overall well-being of the people we love.

And the reality of this recent societal shift of priorities is that it’s impacted the big things in life as much as the small things – like what constitutes a meaningful gift for Mother’s Day.

Here we’ve compiled a list of thoughtful gift ideas for Australian mothers (and grandmothers) that acknowledge the changes and challenges that have come along with this new era.

1. Keep Palm and Carry On

If the state of the world has your mum feeling nostalgic for family holidays in the tropics, why not bring the tropics to her?  Our Vienna Rattan Chair (and matching side table) is a great example -- it's the perfect pick for when you want to sit on your verandah, cold beverage in hand, and pretend you're in Bali. 

2. It Just Makes Scents

Whether they’re into light florals or something a little spicier, most mums have a favourite fragrance and would love to be able to enjoy it every day in the form of a pillar candle, tumbler or melts.  With so many of us working from home nowadays, keeping Mum's living spaces smelling like a dream is bound to be more appreciated than ever.  

 

3. Thistle Make Her Day

Many mums appreciate the gesture of a bouquet of fresh flowers any day of the week. But for many women this can aggravate sinus problems, headaches and hay fever symptoms in the allergy-prone, or be a bit disappointing if they only last a few days. The solution? Artificial flowers have come a long way in recent years, and now it’s fairly easy to track down high quality, individual stems and stunning bouquets at very reasonable prices. They look just like the real thing, and they’ll brighten Mum (or Grandma)'s day for years into the future.

4. Her Comfort Zone

Ahh, just in time for cold and flu season. It seems like all of us are a little (or a lot) more health-conscious these days and keen to give our immune systems a helping hand wherever possible.  Stock up on soft, snuggly throws to help Mum stay cosy and warm as the night time temperatures settle into the single digits.

5. The Gift of Time

Let’s be real here. Ask any mum what she’d love most from her kids on Mother’s Day, and she’d probably say their time. So whatever you end up getting Mum (or Grandma) this Mother’s Day, make sure you’re part of the package.

Five Thoughtful Gifts for Mother's Day

The secret to making everyone happy with your furniture and décor choices can be summed up in one word: collaboration.

Collaborative interior design may sound like a headache waiting to happen, but it’s easier than you think. It won’t be conflict- or compromise-free, but it will make the road to redecorating the family home a lot smoother!

In this how-to blog, we give you three big tips to get you started.

 

1. Get everyone involved who wants to be involved

It might be easy and convenient for you to be the autocrat, but everyone will get along a whole lot better if people who want to be involved in home decoration are given the opportunity.

Even if there are people who don’t want to be involved, make sure you take their preferences. You never know what their preferences might be. They may have secretly wanted some safari-themed décor all this time!

 

2. Include the kids

Just because kids are kids doesn’t mean they can't or shouldn't have a say. In fact, if you give them the appropriate time and space, kids can come up with plenty of reasonable and considerate contributions to your interior style. Plus, it will help them mature and they may even respect you more. (Check out our blog on the subject if you’re interested!)

 

3. Find something which suits every generation living in your home

Whether you’re a single parent with child or a household with grandparents, parents, half a dozen kids and pets to boot, designing and decorating your home in a way which works for all generations is something really worth thinking about.

You can read all about it in our multi-generational home blog, but basically it involves four steps:

  • Getting to know your family, in terms of their interior design needs and preferences
  • Planning for both common rooms and exclusive areas
  • Sorting out safety requirements (depending on whether you have kids, pets, people with disabilities, or similar)
  • Being realistic about the space you have without overly restricting your creativity

Do you have a big tip that we missed? We’d love to hear your thoughts in My Family Home, our dedicated Facebook group with 10K+ members. Join us for all things home decoration!

How to Pick Furniture and Décor to Make Everyone Happy

Leaning and folding shelves are great storage solutions. Styling them, however, can be a bit daunting!

But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In this blog, we share three approaches you can take to styling folding and leaning shelves. Enjoy!

 

1. Eclectic and replete

Under this approach, your focus is on packing the shelves with whatever you want and as much of it as you want. Leaning and folding shelves are first and foremost storage solutions, after all!

The good news is that this is the most liberal approach you can take. You don’t have to think too carefully about making everything you want to store cohesive or thematically organised. As you can see in the display below, we’ve stored everything from stationery and teddies to books and bottles of wine. However, you do need to take a care about how you arrange your pieces so it doesn’t look like a mess. Also note that this approach works best with folding shelves in neutral colours, such as white or a natural timber finish, as these won’t draw attention away from the display.

 

2. Neat and tidy

For the perfectionists and minimalists among us, going neat and tidy is the natural (and only) way to go!

Under this approach, the key is to choose your décor wisely. Pick a few things which go well together, be it by material, texture, or, as we’ve done below, colour. But you don’t have to get much—the “less is more” or lagom mindset is best here. Very wallet-friendly!

 

3. Smart and stylish

Undoubtedly the more practical, in-between approach compared to the other two, under this approach you place what you use within an arm’s reach and save the other shelves for décor (like photo frames, as we’ve done in our styling below). Probably the best option for those of us working from home and no doubt reflects the reality for most people.

While this approach is versatile, it also requires a fair bit of thought. You have to think carefully about both the décor—what it is and how much there is—and how everything is arranged—making sure that the things you need are accessible. But once you have a folding or leaning shelf system in place, you won’t know yourself without one!

How to Style Leaning and Folding Shelves

Usually we don’t think twice about making all the interior design decisions around the house (and, occasionally, involving our significant others). But have you ever considered involving the kids? Strange suggestion, I know, but there are actually plenty of good reasons to do so. Here are just three…

 

1. It gives them something to be curious about

Who knows? You might inspire a hobby for interior design, or even a decision to pursue interior design academically or professionally.

 

2. You can make it fun

If you give them a chance, kids can be great at holiday decorating, decorating with their favourite colours, and choosing specific items of furniture to make a space theirs. Think dining chairs around the table, for example.

 

3. It fosters respect, maturity, and family bonding

If everyone’s on a level playing field, collaboratively furnishing a house actually involves quite a lot of planning, negotiating, compromising, and consideration of other people’s needs and interests. If you treat your kids with respect and give your kids some actual responsibility (while setting the rules governing the limits of what they can and when you’ll intervene), it can be a really good way to help them mature. You might even see them put their people skills into action (beneficially, of course) in other aspects of family life.

 

By the way, this doesn’t mean you have to let the kids make every decision about how you decorate your house

You’re the one who has to pay for it, after all! But give your kids the appropriate opportunities and responsibilities at the right time and place and you might just see them flourish in a way neither you nor they expect.

3 Reasons Why You Should Get Your Kids Involved in Home Decoration

There’s plenty of info out there about choosing ceramic tiles, but how about ceramic décor? It looks like no-one, or at least no-one on the first several pages of a Google search, has ever written on the topic. We thought it’s about time someone filled in that gap. So if you’ve been struggling to find any guidance for these beautiful homewares, struggle no longer! Here’s our guide to picking ceramic décor for your space…

 

Firstly, pick (or understand) your interior style

If you’re at the stage of picking ceramic décor, it’s highly unlikely you’re starting with a blank canvas at home. Most of us shopping for homewares have, for the most part, already created their interior style, both in terms of interior design (paint colours, flooring, etc) and the furnishings (sofas, tables, occasional chairs, etc). And whether knowingly or not, we’ve almost certainly created it in line with one or more existing styles. Why? Because all of us living in Australia have grown up with or had exposure to about a dozen interior styles, more or less, which have been dominant in our society during our lifetimes. And we tend to stick with what we know. People who go for a “light and bright” or “beachy” setting, for example, are almost always going for the Hamptons style. Others, like me, who prefer a “Nordic” or “Scandi” look are usually referring to the mid-century modern style. My fiancée prefers “rustic” furniture, which much of the time means industrial style. I know others who prefer contemporary furniture, vintage or classic styling, the farmhouse or country style, the eclectic style of shabby chic, and the various French styles (country and provincial and always popular).

Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter which style you prefer. What matters is that you’re able to identify it (or, if you are starting with a blank canvas, what you want it to be). If you need help with that, we’ve written guides to telling the difference between furniture styles and furniture styles from around the world. Identifying your style is perhaps the most important step to helping you pick ceramic décor as each style is replete with colours, textures, shapes, materials, conventions, etc, which usually feature in it. Use these to guide your shopping and thinking when looking at ceramics.

 

Next, have a look at what’s on trend

While our range of ceramics includes a variety of timeless and on-trend pieces, it doesn’t hurt to see what the home decoration trends are for the year. Yellow and grey, for example, are the colours of the year for 2021. Also on trend is getting back to basics—i.e., unpretentious furniture styling—and, for the first time that we can recall, indoor gardening. Ceramics can play a role in all of those trends!

Still, many of us are simply looking for a safe choice when it comes to ceramics. If this is you, consider something in a monochrome palette—i.e., pick a colour and decorating using a range of its tints and shades.

Note that this doesn’t have the greyscale. You can choose green, for example, and complement it with other décor as we’ve done below.

 

Finally, trust your gut

If you love something, get it! Life’s too short to be worrying about whether a ceramic item you love fits in with your furniture style. At the same time, if something is radically different from everything else in your home then it may be worth a second or third opinion before you buy. That’s where shopping in-store with friends or family can be a real advantage—you can get opinions not only from those shopping with you, but also our experienced staff. They’re always happy to offer style advice!

 

P.S. Don’t dwell

Most retailers (including us) purchase items in limited quantities. If you’re purchasing from an art gallery, often ceramics are one of a kind. This means there’s a significant chance that, if you decide not to buy, the item you want won’t be available when you change your mind. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

How to Pick Ceramic Décor for Your Space

Looking to decorate your house with flowers, fruit, and foliage, but don’t know where to start? Here are three quick tips:

 

1. Spend the money on quality.

Some people think that because you’re going artificial that you should go cheap. But if you go cheap, then obviously your décor will look cheap too!

You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg, but spending a few extra dollars goes a long way. It can be the difference between your artificial flowers, fruit, and foliage looking authentic and having them look, well, artificial.

 

2. Buy things you would find in your neighbourhood.

Location matters. Buying things that you’d find in your neighbourhood will help artificial décor feel a lot more natural in your home.

For example, we’ve got a lot of magnolia trees in our area (including a very happy one flourishing in our front yard). We used this to guide our décor decisions and have chosen to decorate our dining table with some artificial magnolia flowers in a vase. It draws things together and makes our place feel more like a home than just a house.

 

3. Go real!

More than half of the people who voted in our My Family Home poll on the subject said fruit is for eating, not for decoration. That’s a fair point.

But, of course, real fruits can be decorative (our next most voted option). Complementing artificial flowers, fruit, and foliage with real fruits can not only add variety, but also help your artificial specimens look a whole lot more real. Just don’t bite into them accidentally!

3 Tips for Choosing Decorative Flowers, Fruit, and Foliage

Nests of tables, also known as nesting tables or simply nests, have always been one of our favourite pieces of furniture. Functional, mobile, affordable, and super stylish, nests can be used in almost any room of the house whenever you want—either every day or when you have guests. They’re a fab storage solution, giving you space when you need it and tucking away into almost nothing when you don’t. Plus, they come in all sorts of sizes, styles, and materials, so they’ll fit in pretty much any home.

So, what exactly can you do with a nest of tables? In this blog, we reveal three on-trend ways to use these wonderful pieces of furniture.

 

1. Accent tables

By far the most common use for the nests is in the living room. They make a great accent and work just as well complementing traditional occasional furniture as they do substituting it.

 

2. Coffee tables

If you’re looking for something a bit different, try using a nest of tables instead of a traditional coffee table. You can extend the tables so that they’re only just nesting, spreading and spacing them out in whatever shape you wish. Before you know it, you’ll have a unique style which exudes practicality and sophistication.

 

3. Bedsides

Spice things up with a nest in place of the traditional bedside. Go with a classic stacked look or scatter the tables across the room in whichever arrangement suits your lifestyle best.

Top 3 Uses for Nests of Tables

I’m pretty sure everyone reading this blog knows exactly what it means to suffer the Australian heat.

With our summers now reaching nearly 50°C in the shade, it’s more important than ever to know how we can beat it.

For many of us these days, this means just reaching for the air con remote. It might be easy, but it is incredibly expensive and releases greenhouse gas emissions faster than you might imagine. It also adds a lot of ambient noise to your home.

So what else we can do to cool our homes? Continue reading to find out!

 

1. Decorate intelligently

Home decoration plays only a small part to play in cooling your home, but it’s the most fun and exciting so we’ll talk about it first.

There are two parts to decorating intelligently to beat the heat. The first is about placement. Try to keep sitting and entertainment areas (and your beds) away from windows and out of direct sunlight. Not only will this prolong the life (and coolness) of your furniture, it will help keep you and your family and friends cool as well.

The second part is about choosing your materials intelligently. For your upholstery, consider choosing breezy fabrics like linen and cotton/linen blends. For sofa cushions, remember that some materials (e.g. down) will trap heat more than others (e.g. feathers).

 

2. Garden appropriately

By now each of us has a basic level of awareness about climate systems at the global scale. But climate systems exist at smaller scales, too. For us, the foremost concern is the microclimate (see here for an encyclopaedic explanation). The microclimate is essentially the aggregate of longer-term patterns of weather variables like temperature, humidity, wind speed, and air pressure, and sometimes other variables like air pollution. Microclimates in outer-western Sydney, for example, are characterised by much greater extremes (frosty nights and extremely hot summers) than those along the coast. Those of us in regional areas experience different microclimates altogether. 

Fortunately, those of us living with extreme heat can garden in ways which mitigate some of these extremes. You’re not going to turn your warm temperate Sydney home into an alpine residence, nor even one in a mild temperate zone like those in the greater Blue Mountains (though it has snowed in Sydney before). But you will make a noticeable difference to the actual and “feels-like” temperatures in and around your house. Certain types of plants, like tall, mature trees, are good for shading. Others, like smaller trees and shrubs which aren’t too dense, will help filter breezes. The diagram below, courtesy of YourHome, is a good illustration:

 

3. Choose blinds for thermal efficiency

According to this study on thermal efficiency commissioned by a blinds company, choosing the right shutters can decrease the heat in a room by one-third when compared to the same room without window coverings over an identical period. That’s a big difference! So consider getting your blinds done next time you’re redecorating or renovating.

Courtesy of Classic Blinds & Shutters.

 

4. Don’t ignore your doors and windows

As we talked about in our noise pollution blog, double- or triple-glazing your windows is a serious renovation. Yet, while it takes a while to earn its money back, it’s worth the immediate and ongoing benefits to environmental efficiency. Not only will your home be less noisy, your thermal comfort will be much better all year round! (Though, of course, glazing isn’t the full story about windows. Frames, for example, are important too.)

Courtesy of Plustec.

BONUS TIP: Don’t forget the benefits of forming good habits. For example, it pays to remember to shut your doors, windows, and blinds not when it gets hot, but well before it gets hot (either before you leave for the day or, if you’re at home, when the outdoor temperature is roughly equal to the indoor temperature). Then, when it cools down at night (assuming it is cooler; sometimes the nights can be disgustingly hot), remember to open your doors and windows again.

 

5. Water features should be a feature

Parts of your backyard other than the garden and trees can make a difference too. In this case, we’re talking about water features. If you’re in a position to do so, putting pools, fountains, misters, or other similar water features right outside your doors and windows is a good idea as it will cool the air before it flows inside.

 

6. Indoor gardens can help too

There are two big cooling options yet to be discussed, but I just wanted to touch on indoor plants, too. After all, if outdoor plants can have an effect, perhaps indoor plants can too?

Well, it’s not quite the same. Indoor gardens have their own benefits, but they have relatively little in terms of thermal comfort (given the heat would already be in your house by that point). But they might make some difference depending on the size and where you place them. If you’ve got a big, leafy plant, for example, placing it near an open door or window will help filter the breezes. (Near the window is usually the best spot for indoor plants anyway, as that’s where they receive the most light).

Now for our final two, high-impact cooling options…

 

7. Make fans great again

Although fans are not appreciated like they used to be, they are still a really efficient way to cool yourself. A powerful ceiling fan or even a semi-decent floor fan is super cheap to run—4¢/hr is the oft-quoted rate—and it will make you feel several degrees cooler. No expensive, greenhouse-gas-emitting air conditioning required! Then again…

 

8. If all else fails, turn on the air con (and don’t feel bad about it!)

We all reach for the air con for a reason. It’s effective, and when we’re really struggling it’s an undeniably good option. And it’s worthwhile; you shouldn’t feel bad about using it, especially in the height of summer. Better that than all the health risks which come with extreme heat, after all.

 

Looking for more information about passive cooling of your home? We highly recommend ‘YourHome’, a collaboration between the Australian Government and UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures, which provides all the info you could possibly need to get started on making your home more habitable and sustainable.

How To Beat The Heat Using Interior Design And Decoration

Another year of COVID-19, another year of working from home. With more people having their own stories of how they or their friends or family members have worked all hours of the day at home, more of us are realising the importance of separating work from home.

In this blog, we give you three simple ways to keep work and home life separate—tried and tested by yours truly!

 

1. Create space

It might be tempting to sit up in bed with a laptop to do your work, but this is a bad habit to set up. For starters, your bed won’t be the sanctuary you want and need anymore. You’ll also find yourself sitting up at very strange hours. Or, you’ll be doing work when you’re supposed to be doing something relaxing like reading a book.

The solution? Set a physically different space to do your work. That might be a home office, if you have the space. It could also be a nook, a space in a room, or even a hard-to-use corner of an open-plan living space.

You can also create a distinct space using the senses. You could paint the space a different colour, for example (bright yellow and classic grey would be very much on-trend). You could scent the room with a fragrance you don’t mind associating with work (reed diffusers and scented décor are perfect for this). You could even have certain music playing in the room, be it a genre, album, or artist (again, that you don’t mind associating with work).

By the way, when you personalise your space make sure you’re not personalising it to such an extent that you’re changing your workspace to something too homey or recreational. (It might be good to save that tabletop pool set you got for Christmas for another room of the house.)

 

2. Keep time

Home will always be work if you’re always working when you’re at home!

The solution is elusively simple: work your hours. If you work odd hours, monitor them so you don’t spend half a week working for free. If you work overtime, make sure you get paid for it!

Having a clock on your phone and computer is one thing. But making sure you have a clock visible at eye level somewhere in your room can really help as well. The clock doesn’t have to be on your desk, either. It can be on a wall, on a buffet and hutch, or on a ladder bookcase which provides storage for your workspace.

 

3. Take breaks

Sometimes it’s hard to remember, or we get in the mindset that we’re just too busy to take a break (hence why some of us work through our lunch breaks). Not only is that unhealthy, it’s plain wrong. You might be spending more time working when you do that, but your productivity will be much higher if you allow your brain the time to refresh.

Here’s where tools can come in to help you take breaks. It could be a digital reminder set on your phone, a verbal reminder from someone else working at home, or really anything, as long as it works for you. Before you get up to leave your space, put your computer on sleep mode if you can (or at least use functions like muting the sound and toggling the “break mode” some browsers have to help you out).

Finally, and perhaps most important of all, make sure you physically exit your workspace when you take your break. Do not return until you’re going back to work.

Where do you go, you might ask? Anywhere out of the room is good, but somewhere out of the house might be even better. In my experience, best of all is taking a walk through a local greenspace, preferably with friends or family for company. Try setting aside a full hour for your lunch break (instead of just half an hour) to allow you the fullest time to enjoy this break. This will extend your workday, but it’s worth it!

#WFH: How To Separate Work From Home

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