It’s no secret: One of the cheapest and most effective ways to change up the look of your home is with a simple coat of paint. You can take that same lesson and apply it to Zoom meetings. You can change up the whole vibe of your home office — IRL and virtually — with a can of paint and a few roller brushes.
As many of us gear up to head back to school, the classroom will look a bit different this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly all aspects of our day to day lives, and school is no exception. Although some districts have opted to continue face-to-face education, the majority of the country has needed to adapt to a brand new environment and to convert their homes into makeshift classes. This blog post will provide some teacher-approved and design-friendly essentials for turning your space into a classroom, to help optimize the success of your students.
Turning Your Home Into a Classroom
We can all agree on one thing: The transition from in-person to online instruction has been difficult. At the beginning of the pandemic, the immediacy of it all was stressful, and adapting to an entirely new method of learning in the middle of the school year was hard. But now, five months into this, we’ve figured some things out. And, although nothing can replace the physical classroom, we’ve also learned a thing or two about turning our homes into a virtual learning space where students can thrive, and interior design can survive.
Dry Erase Board
One decor item that is essential for an office or a classroom is a whiteboard. Not only are they helpful for writing down and keeping track of everyone’s schedules, but they also provide a way for your student to diagram, take notes, and write math problems. The benefit is that things can be erased and changed for continued use. But whiteboards can also be chic. You can keep your whiteboard design-friendly by adding a DIY frame, pairing it with a corkboard, or by placing wall hangings around it.
Multifunctional Metal Grids
Recently, several interior designers have incorporated the use of hanging metal grids in their designs. These decor items are not only on point, but they also serve a purpose. Metal grids can be used to hang papers or photos, and you can also buy shelves that attach on to them for items such as candles or small succulents. Wire baskets can also be hung on these metal grids for storage of school supplies or other essentials such as tissues or hand sanitizer. Multifunctional metal grids can keep your DIY-learning space organized while enhancing the design of your room.
Again, some of the essential items to any home-classroom design are those that are both trendy and multifunctional. Another recent design craze is floating shelves. These can be incorporated into your space to help promote organization and eye-catching interior design. Floating shelves can be used to house easy-to-reach books and office items. This keeps the books from cluttering the floor or desk and allows for them to be displayed in a design-friendly way. Floating shelves can also be used for storage bins. You can label these containers with your students’ items, like art supplies, which can quickly be taken down and put back up after use.
TIP: Add other decorative items to the shelves to create an even trendier space. Use succulents, picture frames, and standing clocks. These extra decor items can also elevate the learning environment for your students.
A Comfy Chair
With constant meetings, classes, and calls, Zoom fatigue is real. Depending on what grade your student is in and their teacher, they may find themselves in long hours of virtual classes. It’s beneficial to your student to invest in a comfy chair that they don’t mind sitting in for some time while they’re in class. Trendy saucer chairs or cushy office chairs will keep your student comfortable and attentive. Some students find it challenging to sit for long periods. In this case, consider trying alternatives, such as exercise balls they can bounce on, wobble chairs they can move on, and bean bags they can rest on. These different chair options offer stylish solutions to the issue of long-term sitting.
Rolling Storage Cart
Rolling storage carts are yet another fashionable and multifunctional piece of decor that is beneficial to your home classroom. With their multiple layers, they can be used for extra storage, they can add space to your room, and they’re a hot ticket item in interior design. Rolling storage carts can easily be moved around your home, especially if your student likes to utilize different spaces for their learning. They can hold essentials such as books, supplies like scissors and colored pencils, and if your student gets hungry, snacks. These are also a great option if you want to add a pop of color into your classroom space.
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Celebrities: They’re just like us, with their neon-hued basements, dedicated shoe closets and built-in shelving units brimming with Oscars. Well, maybe they’re not *quite* like us, but thanks to social distancing, us normal folk have gotten to peek inside the homes of the rich and the famous to see how the other side lives.
If there’s one… interesting… takeaway from the coronavirus pandemic, it’s that we’re all inviting each other into our homes on a more intimate (yet virtual) level. People who may never get to peek inside the walls of our homes now get to judge us based on the novels on our bookshelves, not the self-help books piled on our desks. And in true celebrity-thirsty fashion, normal people just like you and me now have the opportunity to dissect the interior design choices of our favorite celebs via zoom.
1. John Legend & Chrissy Teigen
Social media queen Chrissy Teigen has always felt comfortable sharing the intimate details of her life with her adoring fans. But now that she has all the time in the world (read: no choice but to stay home), she’s shared even more of her life at home with husband and singer John Legend.
The Teigen-Legend household is just as aesthetically pleasing as you might expect from a bombshell model and her artist husband. Teigen likes to poke fun at her perfectly imperfect life on Twitter, but it’s clear that a lot of effort, time, and investment has gone into making their home’s interior design a place where you want to spend time. With a bright, open kitchen that would make a Michelin-star chef blush and a home gym filled with sexy fitness equipment, this is one celebrity house where I wouldn’t mind being quarantined for a few months. (OK, I’ll start packing my bags now if you insist…)
2. Tom Hanks
Cherry kitchen cabinets are admittedly not my thing. But Tom Hanks is Tom Hanks, and he can make anything look good. “Hanx,” as he lovingly signs off on Twitter, invited us into his home at a particularly vulnerable time — right when the coronavirus pandemic started. He hosted SNL’s first at-home special from his kitchen and helped many confused, troubled Americans forget about the world for a little while.
That being said, if I had as much money as Tom Hanks, you better believe that my kitchen would be bright, big, and outfitted with more pasta arms than I could ever use in one day.
3. Pete Davidson…’s mom’s basement
Pete Davidson shows that a man cave doesn’t have to be a dark, dank pit of despair (and testosterone). His mom’s basement — yes, really — is a colorful oasis that’s fun and outfitted with all the modern fixtures that make life easier. Davidson showed off his pad in a recent episode of Saturday Night at Home, but that’s not the first time he’s invited his dedicated fans into his crib. Prior to his Netflix stand-up comedy special, he gave a tour of his basement apartment, complete with his signature self-deprecating humor that only a charming man as himself can pull off.
By any measure, Davidson’s home is one of the most fun homes of all the SNL actors, despite the fact that his mom lives upstairs. From the under-cabinet lighting to the *ahem* very nice shower, Davidson’s home is kind of what you’d expect from a single guy in his 20s who’s successful and famous.
4. John Krasinski
I’m a sucker for nice built-in cabinets, particularly when they’re filled with volumes of books, personal trinkets, and children’s art. Plus, abundant natural lighting never hurt anyone, either. If you’re anything like me, then the John Krasinski-Emily Blunt household may have caught your attention, as well. The actor-director power-couple that we’ve all come to envy has given us another reason to be a little jealous: their Brooklyn apartment, which they bought in early 2019 for $15.3 million, according to Vogue.
Krasinski’s home is also the production set for his quarantine remedy clip show, “Some Good News,” which floods my social media feed with feel-good stories when all the bad news becomes too much to bear.
5. Queen Elizabeth II
If there’s anyone in the world who has no excuse but to have the perfect setup for their Zoom call, it’s Queen Elizabeth II. In an address to the British people on the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Queen Elizabeth II broadcasted live from her office in Windsor Castle, which was accented by fresh-cut flowers and a photograph of her father, King George VI, who had announced the end of World War II at the same date and time 75 years earlier.
The professional setup and execution of this announcement makes it slightly more official than some of the other Zoom calls on this list, but who’s to judge? In 2020, we all have the tools at our disposal to make our virtual messages heard, and seen.
6. Gayle King
Here’s the thing about yellow patterned wallpaper: It’s bold, and it makes a statement. People will either love it or hate it. The tiny, shriveled Italian nonna inside myself is in the former camp, although I can’t say I’d ever dare to be so bold as to embrace these bright hues in the fashion of television personality Gayle King.
King’s bright NYC apartment has some pretty impressive views, too. Even though she may be based in the epicenter of America’s coronavirus outbreak, it must be some solace to be able to soak in the Manhattan skyline from the comfort of her own home.
7. Colin Jost
Looking into SNL comedian Colin Jost’s living room, you can almost smell the leather and cigars. It certainly has a masculine touch, but it’s comforting and cozy, as well. Jost gave viewers a look inside his pad starting in April with Saturday Night Live at Home. Even without the news desk SNL fans have come to expect every weekend, Jost has guaranteed Weekend Update still feels like the satire news source we all need at the end of a long week in 2020 hellscape America.
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