With more families spending time at home, this year may be the best time to upgrade your home environment. Home updates and renovations are an essential long-term investment in the upkeep of your house to keep it in optimal condition.
If you’re thinking of ideas to update your home, check out rooms that are used the most and areas that haven’t had a touch-up in a long time. These can be bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms, outside areas, and working spaces.
If you’re still uncertain on which areas of your home need to be modernized, here are three home update ideas in specific areas that you can consider this 2022.
Kitchens are one of the most frequently used rooms in the home; thus, they need constant upgrades. They are also exposed to environmental factors during cooking, which leads to general damage to wood, flooring, and surfaces. As such, upgrades can also ensure that your kitchen is better protected from wear and tear that arises from steaming pots and moisture during cooking and meal preparation.
Upgrading your kitchen can begin according to the activity you do most or can be approached by replacing some of the interiors. For instance, if you have a kitchen made from wooden cabinetry and surfaces, you may want to check out a cabinet store for ideas to replace them with more durable finishes in modern minimalist designs. This may include handle-less cabinets to prevent clothing from getting hooked and installing glass panes to cabinet doors to convert them into display cases for any kitchenware you’ll want to showcase.
Another improvement is by swapping your kitchen island with a shelf-style table or opting for a kitchen cart. They are ideal items for more storage if your family is staying home more often and needs room to place stocked food. Carts and shelf tables can also double as storage units for large pots, dinner sets, and other cookware.
As remote working becomes the norm in many industries, you may want to consider updating your home office. You may find yourself spending more time working from home as working trends will continue to change in the future. If you don’t currently have a home office, a study room or small nook in your home can suffice.
Wherever your home office will be situated in your home, make sure it’s not a Wi-Fi dead zone and is close to your internet connectivity so you can work without service interruptions. You’ll also want to set up in an area that’s quiet, doesn’t get a lot of foot traffic, and isn’t too accessible to kids so there won’t be too many distractions.
The best features to include in your workplace are a home office desk and proper lighting (a lamp or natural lighting via a window is even better). If you’re updating an already existing home office, you may want to think about making your home office more ergonomic for a comfortable and functional work environment. This can include getting an office chair to support your posture after sitting for long hours and a laptop stand that positions your laptop at eye level to support your neck posture.
Indoor-outdoor living is predicted to become a popular home trend this year as families continue to spend more time at home. Therefore, upgrading your patio to incorporate it as an extension to your indoor living areas can give your household better access to nature, your garden, and some fresh air.
Patio upgrades can include creating a space in your living room that opens up to the garden and thus connects the two areas. This is possible by installing a sliding door or glass panel doors into the wall of the living room leading to your outside space.
The landscape design can contain concrete and stone paving for a smooth flooring finish, or have a brick pathway lined intermittently to join the garden, patio, and living room. For larger homes with more patio space, a design idea is installing a DIY fire pit surrounded by couches.
For a minimalist upgrade, you can add an awning to the outside wall to create a shaded area and place a few patio or hanging chairs. This will create a relaxed atmosphere that’s suitable for some solitude.
Modernizing your home should be a key lifestyle consideration this year. The updates can be approached by looking at which areas of the house need improvements or focusing on singular items to replace in some rooms.
You can change your kitchen interiors or find a higher storage capacity kitchen island or cart. Home offices can also be upgraded by including more ergonomically sound items to maintain your health after long working hours. Furthermore, you may upgrade your patio so you can have better access to your outside surroundings. May the tips listed here serve as your guide toward your planned home updates this year.