How to Reorganize Your Rooms to Improve Mental Health

While many states are working on reopening from the shelter in place order, we all have learned the importance of our home these past few weeks. We’ve learned the importance of having quiet space, play space, home offices, and more. But if you are wondering how to reorganize to improve mental well-being, we have some suggestions! 

Avoid Clutter

It sounds small, but there are numerous studies proving that clutter links to depression. We aren’t suggesting becoming a minimalist or selling all your belongings. But taking the extra time to put things away, empty the sink, or organize your books will go a long way in bringing you some daily peace. 

Ask How You’re Feeling In Your House 

Havenly Online Interior Design asked wellness counselor, Amy Morrison, what she suggests for designing a room with mental well-being in mind. She reminds us to start by really stopping to ask how we feel in our house. She suggests asking: 

  • Is this space restful?
  • Is there some stimulation? 
  • Does it foster an environment of connection?
  • Does it help with my productivity?

Let in the sunshine & natural light 

Starting the day with letting in sunlight and fresh air will improve your whole day! “Natural light can brighten your mood and increase the production of endorphins and serotonin.” If you’re starting with reorganizing, start with opening some windows. When you decide to do a remodel project, envision some windows and how to start bringing in more natural light. Our design team can always help bring new ideas for natural light to your space.

Consider colors

For any room, it’s important to think about the colors. Colors will bring in different moods. Make sure the colors are right for you. Colors can have different effects on your mood. For example, warm colors like red, orange, or yellow create energy and optimism. Blue, however, will make you feel calm or soothed. Make sure to give some extra thought to what you’re looking for in your home. 

Be genuine to yourself 

One of Factor’s core values is being genuine. This is always important – including when you design your new house. Bring in your own style and your memories. “Researchers at the University of California Berkeley found that just reflecting on happy life experiences can have a lasting positive effect.” This will mean different things for each person – maybe for you, it’s photos on the wall, maybe it’s an award, maybe it’s a painting from an art show you attended. Whatever it is for you, it’ll bring that happiness to the forefront of your mind every day. 

If you’re ready to make some changes in your home or want our design team’s help, give us a call today!

Design Inspiration: Where to Start

As we continue to navigate sheltering in place and social distancing, you may be starting to realize that there are some areas in your home that could use some attention. Maybe you’re dreaming of a new playroom for the kids, a master suite for you, a quiet home office, or a kitchen remodel for family dinners. Whatever area you’re dreaming about, the next step is to start collecting ideas. This may seem easy at first, but when you sit down to start really narrowing down your vision, you may find yourself asking “Where do I start?” 

Our design team is no stranger to this problem. Fortunately, they are experts at extracting and learning your style. Then they are able to bring your vision to life. So, we asked them to share some tips to help you collect design inspiration from the comfort of your home. 

Collecting Ideas on Pinterest

The first step is to just start learning what your style is. Our designers recommend starting with Pinterest. Start with generic searches for the room you are focusing on. For example, simply typing “kitchen remodel” or “master suite” will give you a great starting point. From there, just start saving pictures you like on your board. If you need help creating boards or board sections, Pinterest has some great information here. It also will help down the road if you separate your boards by room or by item – such as light fixtures, cabinets, and so on. 

Once you have some pictures saved, you can start to narrow down your style even further by looking at the descriptions on the website that shared the picture. Generally, there will be a style associated with the picture like “Modern Farmhouse” or more! 

You also can see more pictures similar to the picture you liked on Pinterest by clicking on the picture and scrolling down. The style options are endless and this will give you more terms to start searching.

Another thing you’ll find helpful is to make notes reminding you what you liked about the picture. Once you’ve got several boards of pictures going, you may need a reminder that it was the light fixture in this picture you liked, but not the cabinets. This will also help your designers get a better understanding of your style when you share your Pinterest boards with them.

Collecting Ideas on Instagram

Our design team also suggested checking out Instagram for more inspiration. You can also save ideas and make collections on Instagram. Instagram has helpful tips on how to get started. Learning how to search hashtags will make your search infinitely easier. Similar to Pinterest, start with more generic hashtags and narrow in your search based on following hashtags on pictures you like. For example, if a picture you like is labeled #scandinavianhome, start using that in your searches. And while Instagram is a constantly changing site, you can check out these designers for a great starting place! 

Collecting ideas for your dream home is a fun process. But it’s even more fun to see your visions become a reality.

4 Questions To Start A Home Office Remodel

With businesses working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been hearing many people considering a home office remodel. And if you don’t have an office space at your home, you may be wishing you did right now! This space in your home is a sanctuary at times and becomes very important. While this room may seem simple, there are 4 questions to start your home office remodel:

1) How are things arranged?

Considering the arrangement of desks, outlets, and more is important in any room, but especially so in your home office. Take an extra second picking out a desk location as you’re going to spend a large amount of time in this spot. Do you want the desk looking out a window? Are there enough windows in the room? Are there enough outlets? Are you going to have cables running everywhere or will it be a quick, organized plugin? Thinking about these questions ahead of time will make your office a more comfortable and convenient place to work.

2) Is there enough storage? 

It’s much easier to be in a home office when it is clean. And it is easier to keep clean if there is plenty of storage space. Many home offices don’t have a large amount of square footage, so you may have to get creative. Think vertically and horizontally when it comes to cabinets. Your design team will be able to present ideas to maximize storage in your space. 

3) What colors do I want in my office? 

Similarly, since you will be in this office frequently, make sure the colors are right for you. Colors can have different effects on your mood. For example, warm colors like red, orange, or yellow create energy and optimism. Blue, however, will make you feel calm or soothed. Make sure to give some extra thought to what you’re looking for in your home office.

4) How do I want to light my home office?

Straining your eyes in poor lighting is not an option for your home office. You need to be able to focus for long periods of time. Natural lighting is always a great option for your home office. But depending on the location of your office in your home, that may not be an option. Your design team will help advise if they think it is enough lighting for space or how to improve it. 

It may seem overwhelming starting the remodel process in your home office, especially with so much else going on. But your design team is here to help and we’ll make sure all your office is exactly what you need.

5 Tips for Social Distancing with Your Children

With the recent closures many schools, Colorado parents are feeling overwhelmed trying to remain productive with kids in the house. Social distancing with your children and staying productive may seem impossible. But there is a way to make this time useful for you and your children.

1) Make a (flexible) schedule.

You don’t want these weeks to turn into a never-ending snow day. Creating some structure and schedule will help keep your sanity. It will also help remind your kids to take some time for constructive activities. That being said, you’ll need to be somewhat forgiving on that schedule. This is a big change for you and your kids. You don’t want to set a schedule so tight that if it gets off a bit it disrupts the whole day. Do your best to add structure, but know it may get off and that’s okay!

2) Stock up – not just on toilet paper.

Amazon will still deliver to your house, so make sure you have the essentials. But also make sure you have enough supplies for homeschooling and fun activities. Here are some recommendations from the many options online:

3) Get some Vitamin D.

We are lucky to be in Colorado where it is still sunny. Get some energy out on a bike ride around the block, throwing a frisbee in the backyard, or even some inside games. Some parents are going as far as creating hopscotch boards & mazes on their floors with painters tape in their living room. Get creative and you’ve got great options inside too!

4) Stay social.

Social distancing is hard because of just that – the distance. Depending on the age of your children, they may be very worried about their social life. However, you may also be worrying about how much internet time to allow and what sites are really okay. Some Skype or Facetiming with friends and family will keep your children feeling social and in a more upbeat mood. (It’s also a good idea for you, too!)

5) Teach life lessons.

Many parents are worried their children’s education will stop when schools are closed. While doing your best of continuing lessons through some books and online courses, you can also capitalize on this opportunity by focusing on life lessons. Teach them to cook, do laundry, and so on. You may even get a helper in the kitchen before you know it!

More important than these tips, remember to stay calm and find the positive in extra family time!

4 Tips For Remodeling A Kid’s Room

Starting a remodeling process is always difficult. There are a lot of questions and decisions that need to be made. But when you’re remodeling your child’s room, you may have even more questions. How do you pick a theme, the furniture, and everything else when there is a small voice with an important opinion too? We’ve been through this process before and have some tips!

1. Pick a theme

This can be a fun part of remodeling a kid’s room. When else do you get to pick a superhero theme during the design process? Make sure to incorporate your child’s thoughts while picking a theme. You want them to be excited about it, also! Considering things like their favorite hobbies, animals, sports, and more will help you pick a theme quickly. Creativity is encouraged in their room! However, you will also want to make sure that the theme allows for their growth. Picking things that can be easily replaced that match the theme like accessories and paint will make remodeling in a few years much easier!

2. Consider the functionality

When you’re starting the design process, it helps to consider what that space will be used for in the future. Does your child need a desk for homework or do they need a play space? Do they need a full bed or a twin bed? Some of these questions will be answered by when you expect to redo the room and how old they will be then. A nursery and playroom have different styles and needs than a room for a teenager.

3. Storage, storage, storage!

In every room, it’s really important to consider storage. In your child’s room, it is extra important. Keeping the room clean will be easier if everything has a spot. Thinking about this early in the design process will help you in the long run. You can never have too much storage!

4. Choosing a flooring option

Different flooring options will give the room different feels. It depends on what you’re hoping for in the room. Hardwood is easier to clean and is more resilient to a child’s habits. Carpet provides some cushioning for children learning to walk and some padding between floors for noise if the room is upstairs. These are hard decisions. But don’t worry. Your design team will be able to help your child – and you – get the room of their dreams!

Contact us to get started designing.