We all perceive the idea of a home the same way, whether you live in a suburban house with a five-member family, or a small loft above a fast food joint. It is the one place you return to at the end of the day, where you feel comfortable, safe and at ease. If you still think there is something missing in your living space to make it a real home, keep reading. You would be surprised how easy it is to turn a residence into an oasis of relaxation, simply by changing a few things in your daily routine or paying closer attention to the design of your interior.
Like with an exercise, a cooldown is necessary after an intense day. After coming in through the door, maybe you decide to make yourself a well-deserved snack, or spend a few relaxing minutes in front of the TV, or turn on the computer to watch lighthearted videos. Consider switching this up for some alone time, where you can let your rushing thoughts settle down. Choose a quiet, almost meditative room to sit down, focus on slow, deep breathing, and let your body relax. Also, eliminating the use of electronic devices an hour before bed can help increase the quality of your sleep.
Reflect the exterior
One of the best ways to freshen up your living space is to let in some daylight and the outside air. Unless you live in an extremely polluted area, chances are that simply opening a window will greatly help with your relaxation. However, if you are unable to do this, there are other options. Buy an air freshener, turn up the AC; get some new and easy-on-the-eyes wallpapers, curtains or roller blinds. Shopping through your computer has made the search for these items even more accessible and stress-free. Make this interior redesign into a fun project that you can share with your loved ones.
Create your own oasis
If you browsed any lifestyle blogs in the past year or two, you might have noticed the increased popularity of houseplants. Succulents, orchids, even fruits, and vegetables are being grown indoors, both for their functionality and decor. Try and grow your own oasis, even if you don’t have a garden because it is a proven stress-relief treatment. There are plenty of websites where you can read on various plant families, other user’s reviews and decide which plants will suit you best, based on your daily schedule and the level of attention they demand.
De-clutter your room
Undoubtedly, one of the biggest problems of every household is the clutter that comes with the chaos of everyday life. Quite often, people don’t have the time to clean up on workdays, due to being overworked and exhausted. However, this can actually help them recuperate. To come home, close the blinds, go online and spend the rest of the evening hypnotized in front of a monitor is hardly going to clear your head. Setting aside a couple of minutes every day, simply to make your bed or clean out your desk can do wonders for your mental state.
It’s as simple as that – color. There is no need to get into an elaborate explanation on how colors affect the mood; there are entire case studies are based on this topic. But what we can emphasize is to use color everywhere, not just on walls – on furniture, picture frames, carpets, bookshelves, lamps, and so on. Unobtrusive, subtle shades of blue and purple have been proven to have a calming effect. Use yellow to simulate sunlight and bring warmth to a room. Green is the color of nature, so you might want to utilize it in places with wooden furniture.
Play with the lights
There are two ways to go about the lighting in your home:
- Natural light – if you’re lucky to have a window on the sunny side, throw aside the curtains; adjust your shutters to create unique mood lighting. There are countless stores that offer a wide array of window-related products, online. Blinds and shutters of different colors and designs will certainly freshen up your room.
- Artificial light – this is where you can get especially creative. Install a light dimmer in the rooms of your choice, or try out light bulbs of different colors. Orange and pink are the usual choices over the intrusive white or yellow. Candles are also a welcome option, with a scented bonus!
All these advice aside, perhaps the best thing you can do is take a page from your own book, your own experience. What made your childhood home feel like a home? Was it the smells, the sights, the people, or perhaps all of those things together? Take some time to reflect on what you need in a home. And then find the best way to ensure it becomes a truly relaxing place – a safe haven where the chaos of the outside world disappears.