Reinvent your home with simplicity and functionality

Three years ago we had a very different idea of ​​what our home should be. We spent most of our time at work and school, but with the pandemic we had to lock ourselves up and adapt the spaces to do home office, study and rest. Hence, the sense of practicality and well-being took on a new meaning that must be applied to interior decoration.

“Our near future will be more and more tied to our homes, spending more time in them than usual. So it is normal that in this new horizon we consider how to make our home look prettier, more pleasant”, comments, interview with EFE, Rita Roses, a decorator with more than 30 years of experience in various sectors, ranging from residences to hotels and offices

$!The Nordic style is an option for those looking for functional, simple and natural spaces.

The Nordic style is an option for those looking for functional, simple and natural spaces.

BEAUTY AND COMFORT

One of the trends that has gained presence is the Nordic, with simple lines with solid colors (white, gray, wood) and practical furniture. “Our homes should turn to a functional, simple and natural base,” says the expert.

Roses points out that in the future, homes in large cities will have to have more square meters, have balconies or terraces -if we are talking about apartments-, but he is also committed to suburban houses with gardens and the feeling of connecting with nature.

Of course, if it is not possible to change homes, we must take full advantage of the space we have and adapt it to our needs. Gone is the idea that our home is just a place to eat and sleep.

$!The well concept enters buildings and homes.

The “well” concept enters buildings and homes.

“Injecting beauty and comfort into everyday life will be essential in decoration,” says the Spanish expert, whose work focuses on integrating the interior environment with architecture, preserving the cultural references of each project, trying to achieve harmony between beauty and the funcionality.

“It is important not to forget this point. You can be surprised how small things, low-budget details, such as decorating rooms with bouquets of fresh flowers, renovating furniture or painting walls, positively affect your mood,” he details.

$!This space created by Rita Roses shows the changes that details like putting wallpaper on the walls achieve.

This space created by Rita Roses shows the changes that details like putting wallpaper on the walls achieve.

Other ideas that can change the appearance of spaces are things as simple as changing some cushion covers, wallpapering a wall, relocating decorative objects so that the environment looks different, hanging a painting or framing a picture that we like. And also in this area is getting rid of things that are not used to expand the space.

Roses pointed out that redecorating does not only consist of thinking about the rooms, but also changing some routines, such as decorating the table “especially” for some meals, using aromatic candles and natural fragrances, and carrying out creative activities with recycled materials to create decorative objects. that illuminate our home, “so that all this makes us feel more comfortable at home,” he adds.

$!The architect Laura Gärna mixes old pieces with modern ones.

The architect Laura Gärna mixes old pieces with modern ones.

POSITIVE SPACES

For her part, the interior designer and architect Laura Gärna is committed to sustainable buildings, respectful of the environment and architectural projects under the seal of this philosophy.

“The current “well” (well-being) will prevail in decoration as a great option to create emotionally positive spaces in order to improve our mental health”, considers the expert.

This is supported by the latest studies and this interior designer puts it into practice by making “sustainability” a priority element. Gärna details that 90% of our time we are in closed environments, in buildings or homes. Hence, there is a syndrome, called SDR (Nature Deficiency Syndrome), which is one of the ills of the new century.

$!Our homes should turn to a functional, simple and natural base.

Our homes should turn to a functional, simple and natural base.

We are increasingly connected to technology and more disconnected from nature. In this sense, the Well Building Standard has been developed, a standard applicable to “healthy” buildings, based on various disciplines of scientific study.

A protocol that, as Gärna explains, presents “an integral approach in which the environment is rethought based on its occupants, transforming the places in which we live, work and learn, into systems designed to promote and improve human health and well-being ”, he indicates.

In short, “the environment that surrounds us is inexorably linked to our physical and mental health,” says the Madrilenian.

Gärna explains that the “well” construction standard addresses factors that play a fundamental role in cardiovascular health, reducing stress, improving nutrition, inducing physical exercise and eliminating environmental pollutants.

“Comfort features mitigate stress and help maintain the body’s hormonal balance,” he concludes.

With information from EFE

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