Many of us in our busy day-to-day lives have tasks, particularly domestic ones, that we set aside for when we eventually have the time. With social distancing and stay-at-home orders quickly becoming the norm, most of us now have a lot more time on our hands. So what better time than now to start working on your long awaited DIY home decor projects. Optimising your living space is a great way to stay active while improving your health and happiness. Here are some easy projects you can do today to benefit you tomorrow.

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It’s proven that how you decorate your house can hugely impact your health and happiness. We’ve all heard of feng shui but did you also know that certain paint colours are known to boost feelings of relaxation and calm? Under government guidelines on ‘essential businesses’, many decorating/DIY stores are permitted to stay open as an ‘online-only’ service. The Paint Shed website is therefore operating as normal and we are here to ensure all parcels arrive with you safely and securely. So if you need something to do while stuck at home, rest assured that we are here to help. Start tackling those long-avoided home projects with our superior selection of trade paints and paint accessories, we have everything you need to upgrade your home in lockdown.

Planning Your Home Decorating Projects

The first thing we recommend to do when beginning a home renovation project is to map out a plan and timeline. Creating a S.M.A.R.T plan made up of small, measurable, achievable, rewarding and time-sensitive goals, will help you stick to one at a time. Try to not take on too much at once, decorating should be fun and stress free. If you're not sure where to start, think of what changes will benefit you most in the immediate future. As we enter into spring, the sun is starting to come out, so now could be a great time to tackle easier non-strenuous garden renovations. With social distancing measures increasing everyday, it's important to have an outdoor space where you can exercise or even just lay back and enjoy the sun. 

Fix up your garden

Making simple improvements to your garden today will benefit you massively in the coming months. The easiest way to transform your exterior home is to paint it. With the vast range of masonry paints available for delivery at The Paint Shed, the world is your oyster when it comes to exterior design. Whether it’s wood care, trade or specialist paint you are after, you will find everything you need on our website and including popular brands such as Demidekk, Sandtex, Sadolin, Dulux, Crown, OSMO and many more. If you're not ready to redecorate but still want to create a sanctuary for summer, look to our range of tools and accessories, here you can find everything to clean and prep your garden for long summer afternoons. Taking up a hobby is a great way to pass the time so why not plant some flowers or even vegetables? Gardening can be a wonderfully therapeutic activity, and if you start now you could have a botanical haven in no time. Just remember to have fun, stay safe, and wash your hands after any outdoor project.

Create a home office 

With the stay-at-home order the home office has become the new normal for many of us. It is important in this case that you carve out a space for yourself in your home that’s reserved for work, and work alone. By creating a designated work space, it will help you get into the ‘working’ frame of mind, and aid in establishing a work-life balance in the long term. Creating and decorating a home office is also a wonderful way to aid productivity and creativity. Painting your office a different but complementary colour to the rest of your home will also help you mentally separate the two areas. Neutral shades work well to create a clean, fresh and versatile backdrop for office work and video calls. But if you want to add a pop of colour or personality you, try a feature wall or paint your alcoves and furniture a contrasting colour. Either way, your home office should be an area or calm and concentration so choose a colour scheme that keeps you inspired. For more tips and tricks for decorating your office look here

Without the pressure of a deadline, home DIY projects can be a fun and therapeutic activity. You can even get the family involved and create a learning experience for your kids. Starting now will mean that you come out of quarantine having achieved something wonderful as a family, while improving your well being and adding value to your home.

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