No matter what kind of property we live in, where we are located, or who we live with, a home’s interior needs to be a relaxing, comfortable space to be. It needs to be a sanctuary where we can feel safe and secure, no matter what else is happening in our lives. Some homes need a little help to get to this safe, secure state, but it doesn’t always mean that a complete overhaul is in order. Sometimes it just takes a few small changes to create the perfect living environment. Here are five ideas about making your home a more relaxing place to be which, in turn, will make you a happier, more contented person.
The Color Choices
Even if you don’t initially realize it, the colors that you use around your home can have a definite effect on your feelings and mood. Some, like reds and oranges, can make you feel energetic and even more angry (also depending on your personality). These, therefore, are not colors that should really be used overly much within your home. Blues and greens, lavender hues, even some brown shades are much more relaxing. White tones and warmer neutral ones can also help, especially as you can add a splash of color to a room decorated in this way using accessories such as cushions, drapes, or rugs.
Studies suggest that being around the color blue can have a positive effect on your health, for example, by lowering your blood pressure. Green is mean to be a peaceful color which ultimately will relax you.
Of course, it is important not to lose sight of your own personality and tastes when decorating a home and choosing the colors with a designer. However, there may need to be a balance struck if you want your home to be peaceful and show off who you are as well.
When decorating your home, it is easy and logical to focus on furniture and accessories. These, after all, are what we immediately think of. However, if you want your home to be a more relaxing place to be, then why not think about adding some gorgeous indoor plants to the rooms you are updating as well? They add the color green strategically around the house which, as we’ve mentioned above, is a wonderfully relaxing color that has a positive effect on how we feel. In addition to that, plants purify the air, making your home not only a more attractive one but a more healthy one too.
Plants also give you something to focus on. No matter what kind of mood you are in or what has gone wrong (or right) in your life at that moment, if you are feeding, watering, pruning, or generally caring for your plants you can allow your mind to relax, and focus solely on the task at hand. When you return to your previous thoughts, they will generally be easier to deal with.
The No Tech Zone
One of the biggest problems that people face in the modern world is that of technology. Although the majority of us need it for work, and many of us wouldn’t be without it when it comes to down time either, that doesn’t mean that it’s a good thing, at least in large doses. Social media and the need to always know what is going on can cause stress, as can comments made or posts seen that offend. It can often be better to simply step away from this. It’s also a good idea to step away from emails, texts, and any other kind of pull on our time. It just becomes too much and causes stress when there doesn’t need to be any.
Having a ‘no tech’ area of the house is a great idea to make your home a more relaxing one. This is where you can give yourself a ‘digital detox’ and not have to worry about answering (or even looking at) any emails or texts or social media comments that might otherwise draw you in. Here, in this room, you can really relax. You might go even further and remove any technology at all such as the TV and radio.
Make this room as comfortable as possible, with large, soft furniture and a calming color scheme and you will want to spend more time there, thus reducing your addiction to technology.
The idea of fixing things around your home that need to be dealt with may not sound overly relaxing, and of course, it might be hard work depending on what needs to be done. However, once all those little (and maybe not so little) jobs are done, you will be able to sit back, admire what you achieved, and know that there is nothing else to do. You’ll be able to enjoy your home finally and feel a lot calmer and happier when you are inside it. Plus, studies have shown that working with your hands can produce a calming effect, so putting on a new coat of paint, changing a lightbulb, putting some shelves up, or anything else that needs doing is a good idea for many reasons.
Of course, there will be some projects that you can’t or shouldn’t do, and that a qualified professional needs to deal with. Anything to do with electrics, some major plumbing works, and foundation or roofing works, which you can learn more about here, will always need a professional’s touch.
Having a lot of clutter around you will always make it more difficult to relax. A clean, clear home means you can walk around without bumping into things, for example, and you won’t feel overwhelmed by the amount of ‘stuff’ that is in your home with you. It can be challenging to get started when it comes to de-cluttering, but if you can sort your belongings into three piles; one to throw out, one to give away or sell, and one to keep, you will find that it becomes an easier job. When it is done, and you see how much more relaxing your home is, you will be better able to keep the clutter out in future.
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