You’ve Paced the Halls and Climbed the Walls

Social Distancing in Bali…

Why not rearrange your Bali home now that you have the time?

Tips for the Feng Shui Challenged

In these unusual times where we can’t go to the beach for a swim, surfing or sunset drinks, we have so much more time on our hands than we’ve ever had. What to do with those oceans of time? Perhaps it’s time to take another good look at our homes and see how we can change it for the better. After all, when your living space turns into your office so unexpectedly, we just have to make some adjustments! Changing around the furniture doesn’t cost any money and it can get your creativity flowing without you having to leave the house at all. While everything outside is out of your hands and beyond your control, indoors, you can decide! Rearrange your home can be a very therapeutic thing to do, too, giving you new energy and inspiration for weeks to come.

What is the Best Way to Rearrange Your Home?

We consulted a couple of our interior design experts and they each suggested that it is always best to start with big furniture such as a sofa and dining table. Imagine how it would look in different parts of the living room, make drawings or simply move furniture around so you can actually see it before you decide your positioning points. Smaller furniture pieces and decoratives can be added later.

The Living and Dining Rooms

Create a cozy and comfortable lounge area where you can relax and take a break from work. Most people choose to place the sofa(s) and armchairs facing a TV with a coffee table in the middle or coffee tables on each side of the sofa. How much seating do you need? Well, the general rule is to have as many seats as you have at the dining table. That should work! How about configuring your island breakfast bar into your office table with easy access to the coffee machine? It could be a great idea. You don’t know if you don’t try. If you have plenty of space, we love those single slab rectangular teak wood dining tables but if the dining room is a bit narrow or small, try a round or square dining table if you have one. When your living and dining room are together in one space, separate them for example by putting an eye-catching light fixture or chandelier above the dining table. The typical Javanese Joglo houses that you often see in Bali, have 4 pillars in the middle of the room, supporting the high soaring roof of the Joglo. This is a great place to hang the chandelier and accentuate the dining area of the villa.

The Bedroom

The focal point in your bedroom is the bed. Your bedroom is meant for resting and is should be harmonious and balanced for your entire being to recharge. We all spent a lot of time in the bedroom and it deserves our attention just as much as the living room.  Decide where you want to position the bed first. You could even consider diving into the Feng Shui philosophy now that you have the time and draw inspiration from there. For example, according to Feng Shui, you should never sleep with your feet pointed directly towards the door but you should be able to see the doorway. Nor should sleep beneath the window or facing a mirror.

Once the bed is where you want it to be, you can put the side tables or dressers. Make sure not to overcrowd your bedroom! If you still have a lot of space, you can make a cozy love seat with a coffee table for curling up with a book or cuddle up to watch a movie before sleep.

Other Tips

Strive to keep each room cohesive and in harmony with one another when it comes down to materials and colours. Also, experiment with different heights: if you have a low coffee table, place a mirror or painting on the wall, almost touching the ceiling. Try new and different things and see what a little bit of creativity and time does to your Bali home. You’ve got a little time on your hands, be creative!