12 Aug 2019
Top 10 Ways to Make Your Home a Haven of Relaxation
Your home should be a haven, a place for meditation, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Unfortunately, what’s trendy and sleek isn’t always calming and comfortable. For a room transformation, take a look at this list of 10 timeless design choices that promote peace, harmony, and health in any space.
1. Minimize clutter
Sure, the cross-stitched family portrait pillows your brother bought you for any event are hilarious, but do you really need one for each member of your extended clan? What about all those magnets, photos, and take-out menus plastered across your fridge? Or the stack of bills and paperwork on your desk?
Studies confirm the disadvantages of clutter. Mess adds stress, reduces focus, and destroys productivity. It also makes relaxing practically impossible. Take a quick stroll through any room, identify clutter, and get to clearing a harmonious space.
2. Be color conscious
Red walls certainly make an impression, but they also send unnecessary alarm signals through your mind. Opt instead for cool colors known to stimulate serenity; blues and greens are especially mood mending.
Use bold colors as highlights and cool or muted colors for larger spaces such as walls, couches, and carpets.
3. Improve with infusions
The aroma evokes memory, stimulates emotions, and can impact your physiology, so why not take advantage of these benefits in your home? You don’t need to be overpowered by a Glade plug-in or chemical spray. Instead try diffuser reeds, incense sticks, flowers, potpourri with wildflowers, lavender seeds, or coffee beans.
By carefully planning your olfactory experience you can dictate how you’ll feel when you’re at home, and that’s a win.
4. Practice mood lighting
Many homes have built-in light fixtures, but that doesn’t mean you should use them. Careful lamp placement can make transitional hours (sunrise and sunset) less disruptive, making it easier for you to sleep and wake, and actually improve the way you feel when you’re reclining. Take into consideration the location of your windows for maximum benefit.
5. Conceal screens and electronics
The glow of a television or computer screen can impact your natural melatonin levels, making restless sleep and groggy mornings. So it’s not too surprising that the simple presence of a dark digital void can make a room less restful. Especially if you sleep in the same room with a television, place it somewhere it can be hidden from sight when not in use.
6. Eliminate echoes
Only rooms in an empty home should echo. That’s because of your stuff pads and insulates your space, keeping it warm and cozy and welcoming. If you have a room that tosses sound like a tin can, it’s definitely time to decorate.
Paintings, window treatments, wall hangings, rugs, and furniture will all improve a room’s audio and make you feel more comfortable.
7. Share your space
Plants are an excellent improvement in any personal space. They clean and cool the air, adding an element that only something living can. Caring for plants also can reduce stress and improve mindfulness.
8. Decorate meaningfully
It’s fine to buy generic wall art if you’re decorating a boutique hotel. But don’t clutter your sacred space with meaningless, mass-produced items.
Even if it means living with a bare wall for a few months, seek decor that triggers positive memories and emotions or finds one-of-a-kind items truly indicative of your personal taste. This will make your space one where you can unwind and feel safe.
9. Choose comfortable furniture
Just because something looks amazing doesn’t mean it will make you feel amazing. Hard, awkward, uncomfortable furniture prevents relaxation, increases anxiety, and can actually make you mad, just like a painful, albeit fabulous, pair of heels. Emotions like these should only be experienced when flagging a cab or standing in line at the cable company, never in your home. Instead, place comfort and beauty on opposing pedestals, and make sure all the furnishings and decor you buy are amazing.
10. Try feng shui
Much more than mere design suggestions, feng shui has been employed for thousands of years as a means of creating harmony and balance between human beings and their surroundings. Focusing on aspects such as orientation and form, feng shui can be applied to any room with relative ease at almost no cost.