How Interior Design Can Elevate Your Daily Routines

We all have our daily routines, those moments in time that mark our days and carry us through our schedules. Those routines may have been transformed in the past few months, with all of us spending more time in our homes. But keeping routines is important; they allow us to feel comforted by the structure and connected to our spaces. 

By rethinking these routines and the rooms where we move through them — from how you make your morning coffee to how we exercise our bodies and minds — can take your day in surprising directions. By transcending the doable to the aspirational, we can forge a life filled with more beauty and meaning. 

Bathroom Design

Bathing Beauties

The bathroom serves many functions, of course, but why can’t it serve a higher purpose as a place to relax, recharge and, yes, even to dream? Take a page from those crafty, creative interior designers of the Victorian era; homes of that time period often placed the bathtub in its own space, in a boudoir or the bedroom, removing some of the basic functionality and infusing a sense of specialness. (Tab through this House Beautiful gallery for more swoon-worthy bathroom inspo!)

Even if you don’t have the luxury of extra space, separating the bathtub from the rest of the bathroom creates an intentional area for thoughtful self care. Pro tip: Build your own bubble bath bar filled with luxurious items that transcend utility. Some ideas for inspiration: beautiful soaps, fragrant oils, lush candles, even rose petals. Make it as exploratory and exciting as you wish!

Coffee Bar

The Heart of the Home

How much time do you spend in your kitchen? If you’re anything like us, the answer is a lot, now more than ever. Designing this ever-so-popular place is paramount to the overall feel of a home, a place that serves as its center and properly hosts you, your family and your guests. 

Do you like to gather together every morning for breakfast and a quick check-in before everyone starts their day? A breakfast bar with an array of cereals, toppings and grab-and-go items is a clever nod to a hotel buffet. Are you a coffee aficionado or a wine enthusiast who can’t imagine a day without a delicious cup or a lovely glass? An excellent espresso maker or a separate wine fridge make life that much sweeter.

Outdoor Movie Theater

The Pleasure Principle

We’re firm believers in the fact that entertainment and enjoyment should be built into every day. By creating spaces that allow joy to unfold, you can find the time for soaking in life’s pleasures. An outdoor oasis featuring a movie screen, comfy seating and a sprinkling of candles is hard to resist. A cozy reading nook beckons even during the busiest days, encouraging you to press pause and take a moment for yourself.

Reading Nook

Strong and Centered

Home gyms are hot, hot, hot right now; even post-pandemic, making our workouts more accessible is a total no-brainer. Reserve a room in your home for your physical and mental wellbeing — from a stocked weight room to a serene yoga/meditation space — you’ll have the freedom to flex your muscles and settle your mind, all without leaving your home.

Home Gym

Yoga Studio

Life’s Passageways

The entryways to and from a home are oftentimes overlooked as purely utilitarian, but their potential should not be ignored. Those doorways we pass through set the tone for the entire ensuing space. Do you want to create a sense of calm? Do you desire a more active life? The design of your foyer can help guide you in new directions or even establish new routines — from finding moments to meditate to embarking on daily walks. Such is the power of design.

Carving out spaces within your home that take your daily routines to a new level is a passion for the Inspired Interiors team. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest and share your home photos with us. We’d love to start a conversation about how we can help design your surroundings that capture life’s most meaningful moments.

Time Spent Creating Memories in Your Space

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.”

~ Benjamin Franklin

This famous Benjamin Franklin quote appears on a sign outside of the Twelve Oaks plantation in Gone With the Wind, attesting to its universally held truth that there is never enough time to go around. As busy humans living in an increasingly hectic world, we are constantly aware of the effects of time — and how it always seems to go so fast. 

Another popular adage has to do with regret — we’ve all heard of someone facing the end of the road lamenting that they wished they had spent more time doing something they loved. For acclaimed British economist John Maynard Keynes, it reportedly was drinking more Champagne (man after our hearts). But wherever your passions lie, you have the power to manifest them here and now — before it’s too late. And your home is the perfect place to start in creating memories in your space.

Outdoor Design

Make Your Place a Playground

Whether you have an abundance of square footage (and funds) or are more limited in your approach, you should feel free to carve out spaces in your home that facilitate joy, beauty, creativity, togetherness and, yes, fun. These interior design projects need not be huge undertakings (although if you have the means to turn your backyard into the fantasyland setting as above, by all means, go for it). Speaking of the above space, we love how the homeowners let their imaginations run wild — from maximizing the grassy lawn area for impromptu pool parties to creating a more serene setting on the patio for intimate family dinners to installing that completely genius rooftop deck. We’re beyond impressed with the joie de vivre this home absolutely oozes. 

 

Small Space, Big Dreams

As mentioned, you don’t need a ton of room to manifest happiness in your home. By thinking about how you can optimize the ways you spend your time through the creative interior design of underutilized spaces — think a breakfast nook, a large closet, your garage — you not only reinvent your square footage, you revitalize your mindset.

Small Space Design

 

For families with kids, a separate space for encouraging entertainment, learning and creativity is a true gift. A dedicated place for children to play, read or watch favorite TV shows and movies creates special everyday moments and memories. If you have the option to add vintage velvet theater seats (as seen above), even better. Who knows? You may even inspire a future interior designer (as celebrated in this charming Architectural Digest feature!). 

Taking a look at your space with fresh eyes can help open up new possibilities. Take a typical window seat. It may seem like a waste of space upon first inspection, but add a curvy, comfy sofa and suddenly you have a welcoming spot for family gatherings, lazy lounging sessions and cherished conversations. 

Intimate Home Design

 

Stay tuned for all of the exciting ways we’ll explore this topic and more that invite you to live inspired. In the meantime, rate your responses on the “How Fun Is Your Space?” checklist below (and let us know your responses!), and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest for unlimited interior design ideas that will serve as your guide into transforming your home into a place filled with opportunities to live life to its fullest.

 

Fun Interior Design