My “office” has been my apartment for little over 4 months now. Becoming your own boss and working from home takes some adjustments. The one thing I’ve struggled with the most is having a suitable space to work in. Here’s the thing: I live in a 2 bedroom apartment with my best friend. We have a shared dining room/kitchen/lounge space. I didn’t want to have a desk in my bedroom so elected to claim the dining room as my “office”.
The problem is that I have a little round glass table that I work off of. While it is great for breakfast it isn’t so great for working. I’m lying, it isn’t great for gaming. You can’t have a rig set up on a round table. It doesn’t work. Ideally I need something bigger and so began the search for a new table in our house. The second problem I face is that while this is a work space it is also going to be a living space. Ideally I want to be able to clear off the table at 5pm, pack my stuff away and go back to having a “home” as opposed to an “office”.
And so the search for a new table has begun.
While googling possible tables I also started to find myself wandering to new ways to turn a home space into a productive work environment during the day. Colour plays a big role here and, seen as I’m going the new table route, I’ve started toying around with the idea of re-directing our current shared living area. The problem is, I share this space with someone else and I’m not 100% sure she’d be happy for me to just run wild in the area changing stuff up. Which is why I’ve found a nifty little app to help us along.
The Dulux Visualizer app
Available on iTunes and in the Play Store, the Dulux Visualizer app is designed to help you prep your interior decorating and visualise a new design before moving ahead. Originally I wasn’t 100% convinced that the app would be able to truly do what it says it can do. It offers two primary features:
The first feature is the Photo Visualizer, which allows you to decorate the walls in a photo (inside or outside walls). This works really nicely if you want to surprise your bestie with WhatsApp messages of potential new colour changes. It works predominantly on walls but if you want to paint furniture it is possible to take a photo, tape the furniture and apply the colour. While not 100% accurate it does a good job of giving you a feel for the colour in the space.
The second feature is actually the one you want to use. This is the Live Visualizer and it is incredible. Basically you just open the app and the camera showcases the space. You choose the colour you want to test and then tap the wall (or chair, or table) that you want to colour and the app will immediately add the colour to the visual. This allows you to do a direct comparison of what your room would look like with the change. You can then save a picture as well. I loved this feature because it doesn’t only work with walls. You can also colour furniture to get a feel for what something would look like in the space. And by something I mean, a new table!
I’ve been struggling to find a table suited to my space but with the Dulux Visualizer app I’ve realised I can shop for a plain wooden table and colour it to better suit my room and needs. The app also helps you find the best products for the job at hand and locate nearby stores. So I’m now going to embark on a DIY interior decorating journey. I’ve decided to use the app to completely change up my home office space and I’m going to take you along for the ride. There will be a full vlog documenting the process and I’ll do some behind the scenes Instastories as well so you can be part of the experience.
First question though, what colours do you think we should start testing out?