Your home needs to be a place where you can escape from the stress of modern life so you can recharge from the day and make it somewhere where you can practice your mindfulness techniques and feel calm. However, it can be hard to know where to start to do this and how to create a space that will relax, and not drain you.
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Your home can nurture you, or it can deplete your energy and make you feel tired. In today’s busy world, it’s very important to create a calm and peaceful space that allows you to recharge.
Creating a calm home is about more than just your decor. It’s partly your decor, it’s partly your home maintenance, and it’s partly about mindful practices.
Stay On Top Of Repairs
You can’t feel relaxed in a home that is in need of some maintenance. If the kitchen sink is leaking, your A/C is blowing hot air, or you’ve got a damp problem in the attic, you are going to feel stressed out until the problem is solved. Repair work can be messy, expensive, and frustrating, but when the work is done, you will feel a lot better, so don’t put it off. Decide whether you can make the repairs or carry out maintenance tasks yourself, or whether it would be better to call in a professional like DUCTZ to do it for you.
Conquer The Clutter
Whether you’re a believer in the KonMari method, or you love a maximalist look, clutter can create a feeling of chaos. Piles of stuff and disorganized possessions can cause you to have to spend time searching for the thing that you want, like your car keys, and make you feel stressed out. Take some time to tackle the mess. Sort out a packed closet, or deal with the pile of mail by the door. Tackle one job at a time to make the task manageable. As soon as you start clearing the clutter, you’ll be able to feel some of your tension lifting immediately.
There are few things that cause more stress in your home like clutter. Spend some time getting rid of things you don’t use or want, and invest in some attractive storage options like clear jars, pretty baskets, or drawer inserts.
Adding a colorful wall or a statement piece of art can really change the mood of your room. White can create a sense of elegance and peace, which is perfect for bedrooms, whereas a pop of bright yellow can add a sense of fun to a family living room. Choosing the right colors for your decor is important, but it can be difficult. Take your time, and experiment with a few different colors, shades, and color combinations and see how these change the way your space feels, and how you feel.
Cool shades can work well if you want to create a space with a soothing feel. If you feel as though you need somewhere calm to come home to, or need a calmer space now that Covid has you working from home and in the house more often, paint your rooms in cool colors. Blue, green, and a combination of the two can work the best for this.
When you want to recharge after a stressful week at work, lots of people head out to their local park, hiking trail, or garden to unwind and immerse themselves in nature. If nature makes you feel more relaxed, why not bring that feeling of relaxation indoors? Plans add a pop of green to your design scheme, but they also get rid of toxins from your space and re-oxygenate your home.
If you don’t have much of a green thumb and are worried about keeping plants alive, try some hardier varieties, like snake plants. These don’t need much looking after, so you can lift your space without adding more stress by mistake by adding a demanding plant.
Don’t Forget Your Bedroom
The bedroom is the most private and intimate space in the home, and it should be an inviting place to let you escape from your busy life. A lot of people like their bedroom to have a sophisticated feel. You want to walk into your bedroom and immediately feel wowed by it. Balance that wow factor with feelings of relaxation. Neutrals and pastels both work well, depending on which you prefer. Choose colors that appeal to you and draw you into the room. Skip putting in a television, as this can make it harder to fall asleep, and instead choose plants like aloe vera, which will give off oxygen at night.
Think Through The Room’s Role
It’s a good idea to designate clear areas of your home for different activities. By doing this, you are subconsciously allowing yourself to move freely through your home, and have a sense of purpose in each space. When you’re designing your different spaces, try to choose your decor with the function of the space in mind. For example, if you’re decorating your media room, you can get away with some riskier choices, like bright colors, playful wallpapers, or unusual furniture that reflects the fun spirit of what you’ll do there.
Strike A Balance
Learn a little about feng shui to help you balance your spaces better. This ancient Chinese tradition emphasizes the balance of opposing yet connected forces. To put it simply, this practice embodies a lot of different aspects and approaches within decorating. You can use tips from this idea like creating symmetry or playing with light and dark pieces to find harmony and create a sense of balance in your place.
There are lots of things you can do with your decor to make it feel more balanced and relaxing. Experiment with color, layout, and texture to make a space that soothes you. Choose each element of your decor carefully and take your time. The payoff will be well worth it when you have a home that makes you feel at peace.