If you are feeling stressed out, what better way to decompress than to come home to a serene home that has all the elements of a psychologically-inspired Interior Design? What do you feel when you walk through your front door? Happiness? Relaxation? Stress? Anxiety? Pain because you stubbed your toe on toys your kids left out in the hallway?
Your home should be like a battery charger for your soul. It shouldn’t be yet another thing that drains your energy and brings you down. The challenge, of course, is creating design spaces that accomplish that. It’s easier said than done. Most of us are wrestling with the needs of the rest of our families. And many of us simply don’t have enough space to create anything approaching “serenity.”
Experts, however, are putting their knowledge of design and philosophy to work to try to find solutions. Yes, people are destroying their happiness through bad relationships and toxic work habits. But, interior designers are determined to make their homes into spaces that are uplifting and improve the quality of their lives.
Here are some of the principles to make your home more serene.
Eviscerate All Bad Mojo
It might seem obvious, but one of the ways to really put a downer on your experience in your home is bad stuff you might have hanging on the walls. Too many people keep pictures of people with whom they have toxic relationships as if it’s something noble to do. Don’t do it. If somebody was horrible to you in the past, don’t keep a permanent reminder of that fact hanging up on the walls. Reminders of all the revolting people in the world is a great way to bring you down and turn your home into a torture chamber. Clear all pictures of people you don’t like off the shelves and walls in your home. And remove anything that reminds you of bad relationships or people you don’t like.
Create Positive Vibes
On the flip side, think about all the positive vibes you could bring to your home. These could be pictures containing happy memories from times gone by, so long as you’re not prone to bouts of nostalgia. Or they could just be pretty smells or inspiring quotes from people you respect. Anything really, so long as you find it uplifting.
Get Rid Of Street Noise
The cost of street noise on people’s happiness can be enormous. Low-level noise, especially at night, can induce stress and make you feel as if you can never really escape. Block street noise from coming in with specially designed curtains. Soundproofing curtains will help you get better sleep at night and help you relax. Genuine silence in your home contributes to separate the noise of the day from your serene home in the evenings. You want a genuine contrast between your working and your resting life.
Nature Is Uplifting When Used Correctly
Did you know that people feel more relaxed and have lower blood pressure while walking through forests? Something about nature makes people feel more relaxed and calm. It’s an interesting primordial reaction and one that we can emulate in our homes.
Bringing nature into your home has never been easier. You could invest in wooden bowls, fountains, and even acorns to make your interior space feel more natural. The idea is to evoke a sense of nature in the home itself.
Plants are also a must for a peaceful home. Plants help to oxygenate and purify the air. They also contribute to reducing the amount of noxious gasses in your home. And if you choose the right plant, give off some beautiful scents to boot.
Clearly, Segregate Your Home To Fit Your Rhythm
Our bodies are governed by a very particular rhythm. We are hardwired to be active in the day and relatively inactive when it gets dark. But our modern lives couldn’t take us further away from this ideal. We’re exposed to street lights, computer screens, and bright lamps even late at night. And we make a habit of mixing work with leisure at all hours.
We can escape these bad habits, however, by segmenting our homes. Psychologists suggest that we have an area for work, an area for eating, an area for relaxing, and one for sleeping. They suggest that we never mix the two, like working in bed or sleeping in the lounge. Having different spaces with different uses is an automatic cue for our unconscious. When we transition from our work area to our relaxing area, it means that it really is time for us to take a break. Our unconscious knows that we’re not going to suddenly whip out our laptop and start firing off emails.