With rising levels of lockdown induced anxiety, living in a calming home has become more important than ever. Find out how to decorate a relaxed and peaceful house that will help relieve stress and worry from your soul.
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As the scope of human interactions between our personal, professional and social lives has increasingly become restricted to the confines of our intimate living spaces, it’s time to reassess how to best adapt our homes to help boost our mental health and wellbeing. Whether you are a minimalist or maximalist, here are a few styling tips to get you inspired.
Declutter your home
Home decluttering is the first step to achieving a calming home environment without having to spend any money at all. However, it does require time, commitment, and sometimes help to do so, depending on how large your space is.
Take an inventory of each room in your home by writing down the main items that you want to keep. Then, set time aside, either in the evenings or at weekends, to go through the contents of your storage furniture and living areas, from your living room, your attic, the bedrooms to your garage, one day at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Enlist help from family, friends or professionals if necessary to finish the work off. Separate and label in boxes or bin bags the items that you wish to donate or sell from those that will immediately be thrown away. Follow through with your donations or organise a garage sale to avoid being tempted to keep your cluttered items in your attic or an emptied storage furniture.
Go for a muted colour palette in key areas of your home
Choose from an array of soothing shades to create a serene and calming home atmosphere based on colours that most appeal to you. For your main living and dining areas, pure white,off-white, greige, beige, light grey, or light blue are potential options for you to explore for a calm and balanced space.
For smaller and more intimate spaces such as the study area, the family room or the bedrooms, explore earthy and sandy tones to transform your home into a little oasis of calmness and peace. Earthy tones’ adaptable natural neutral colours create a firm foundation for any modern or traditional interior scheme, by being easy to to mix and match with other colour combinations, letting other shades shine.
To maximise the homely and inviting vibes of your calming shade, anchor your rooms, where appropriate, with interesting earthy colour furniture and handcrafted accessories in natural stone, wood, fibers and textures such as rattan, raffia, wicker, jute, or mudcloth.
Create a dedicated calm area within your home
Now that our busy homes, where we inhabit almost 24/7 under lockdown, have turned into transitional work offices, gyms, schools, day nurseries, restaurants and pubs, it’s more important than ever to create a dedicated “calm area” within our homes for us to unwind.
For people living in open-plan concept homes, delineate zones to make it easier for you to carve out that much needed zen space you need to relax and chill out from the hustle and bustle of the day. Use a corner of your living space, a balcony, a converted attic, a small garden area, or the corner of your own bedroom, if space is in short supply, to create that little sanctuary where you can find time to reconnect with yourself or curl up to read a book.
For those who have more available space, keep one room separate that will be designed as the calming home area, where television and other intrusive electronic gadgets will not be allowed. Design the room in a way that is centered around people’s interactions with themselves, when they are alone in the space, and with others when family and friends come together for healthy conversations. Perhaps, the separate room can be designated as an ‘adult-only’ space if you have kids.
Bring the outdoors inside
Another clever way to create a calming home environment is by filling your home with plants and flowers as a way of bringing nature inside to keep you connected with your external environment, if you have no access to a garden, a balcony or a shared outdoor space. Choose indoor plants of different sizes and heights such as the Devil’s ivy, the kentia palm, the snake plant, or the Zanzibar gem that tend to fare well under low maintenance, reasonably good lighting and care.
Opening your windows throughout the day, even in colder months, to let some fresh air in is another way to clean the air in your home, letting stuffy air out for a more soothing and calmer atmosphere. Fresh air is also very therapeutic as it can make you feel more energised. It can also help you sleep better, restore your mood and decongest your nose if you have a cold.
Allow for natural light to flow inside if you want to enjoy the warmth of the sun and reap the numerous health benefits of sunlight. Beyond bringing a blissful atmosphere into your home, natural light is clinically proven to boost vitamin D, ward off seasonal depression, and improve sleep. Do your best to get daily moderate exposure to sunlight by installing glass windows or doors with curtains and blinds you can open and close with ease to regulate the rays of light you let in your home.
Prepare your bedroom for a good sleep
The very best place where you can fully experience the tranquil energy of a calming home is in the comfort of your bedroom.
To create a soothing environment in your bedroom, television, laptops and other electronic gadgets should be tucked away in drawers or bespoke storage systems to allow your overworked or overstimulated mind to gradually fade into sleep mode.
For a quality sleep experience, go for a comfortable mattress that caters to your specific needs and preferences. Select a bed frame that best reflects your personality and the theme you have chosen for your bedroom, be it English farmhouse, art deco, Japanese, bohemian, Parisian chic, elegant minimalism, or something else.
Before splurging on any mattress, there are a number of questions you need to ask yourself based on your needs and preferences. Do you prefer to sleep on your stomach, back or side? How firm do you like your mattress? Do you need an organic mattress to help you avoid allergens? How warm do you like to be in bed? And, what mattress size do you want based on your chosen bed frame?
To luxuriate your bedroom, go for an all season two-quilt duvet that you can connect or use separately based on the seasons. Invest in high quality bed linen. Double up on the pillows. And layer your bedspreads based on the style and level of warmth you are seeking to achieve for calming home living.
Add clever lighting and spa elements to your home
Home fragrances and scented candles, meditation music, and a clever lighting system to calm, energise, concentrate, and for good sleep should be installed throughout your home for a relaxing living experience. From your living areas to your bathrooms, spread aromatherapy scents such as jasmine, lavender, or rosemary that are evocative of a soothing and uplifting spa experience.
To achieve appropriate lighting for each room of your home, It might be worth enlisting professional support from a high quality lighting design expert such as Astro Lighting that will work with you to create bespoke lighting solutions for your home based on your budget.
Add table lamps to your space to introduce layers of ambient lighting, and consider fitting a dimmer switch to a main pendant to make it easier to tone down too much brightness.