A sanctuary, a haven, a nest, your place to retreat from the stresses of life these are the associations that you should have when you think about your home. Ideally, your home should be the place where you come after a busy day of work, kick off your shoes, flop down and relax. The ritual itself is comforting, but there are many factors that contribute to creating a stress-free environment.
Clutter, unsorted items and ill-placed furniture can cause you to feel uptight without you even realising it. You may be trying to relax after a tough day at the office, but subconsciously youre thinking about how youve been meaning to sort out the books and bric-a-brac in the corner for months.
There are key areas in a house or apartment that should be identified as high-stress zones. These are spaces that have the potential to cause frustration if they arent optimally designed and decorated. For instance, putting the stove near the doorway can result in smoke, while food smells may become overwhelming in the rest of the house. The entrance way is also a high-traffic area, and so should be kept clear in order to avoid it becoming a stress zone.
The bedroom Beds can easily become the dumping ground for clothing, accessories and other items that are haphazardly thrown about in the morning rush. Most often, this is because there simply isnt another surface. Benches at the foot of the bed work very well to solve this problem. Many benches double as storage, allowing you to pack cushions, blankets and books away when you dont need to access them.
The kitchen As mentioned, a functional area can go a long way to placating an angry cook. Think about the flow of your kitchen. When youre at the stove, do you have easy access to all your pots and spices or are you always having to travel to the other end of the room to find what you need? Likewise, countertops should be left fairly bare so that you can easily assemble meals without a foreboding sense of claustrophobia creeping up on you.
A stress-proofed home is a happy home so why not consider designing and decorating your own interior spaces with help from an online short course? GetSmarter, South Africas foremost online educator, has recognised the importance people place on design and dcor and are proud to announce the Interior Design short course, approved by leading homeware store, @home.
About the Interior Design short course:
10-week part-time short course presented entirely online throughout South Africa
Develop the core skills required to design and decorate interior spaces for either personal or professional gain
Learn to practically apply design theory by creating 3D models in SketchUp, an industry standard program
Receive a Certificate of Completion, approved by @home
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Who should attend this course?
Whether you are currently working in the interior design industry, looking to start your own business or are simply wanting to pursue a new personal challenge, you will find value in taking this course. In particular, this course will benefit self-made or aspiring interior designers who want to establish themselves in the industry. This course is also suited to individuals in related professions within the hospitality, property and design industries such as events managers, wedding planners, restaurant owners, guest house owners, property owners / investors, fashion designers, furniture designers and upholstery designers.