Home is where the heart is. That’s because home is where you feel safe and happy. It should be a sanctuary where you can retreat from the stresses of work and recharge.
Most of us live full and hectic lives involving lots of human interaction, busy commutes, phone calls, meetings, and workplace politics. When you get home at the end of the day your body and mind need space to recharge. You need to relax in a place that feels safe, calming, and all yours. But what are the best ways to create a calming home environment?
Consider what you do to relax and focus on creating a dedicated space for that activity. If you like to listen to music take special care in the ritual of selecting and playing a record – display your favourites, make a “shrine” for your record player, and make a special comfy corner to sit and listen. Avid readers could invest in a super comfortable reading chair and a great light and place them somewhere with a nice outlook. An artist could find a corner of your place to turn into a little studio space to draw or paint.
Natural elements make for soothing distractions, so try to bring the outdoors inside. Some well-placed greenery can help de-stress your home by increasing oxygen flow. Check out our blog post on the best air-filtering indoor plants, then create an indoor jungle. Tanks of goldfish and trickling indoor water features are meditative additions to any room, or display smoothed river rocks or shells for a tactile natural display.
Many of us feel stressed out when we’re surrounded by visual noise (clutter). Try to declutter your space and keep it neat and tidy – don’t keep bills in a pile where you can see them, clean out your closet regularly, and where possible only have things you love in your home. Booking a cleaner to come at regular intervals can help keep your life in order by keeping the mess stress at bay.
A super simple way to turn your home into a sanctuary is to feature happy memories in your decorating. Blow up your favourite holiday photos and hang them on your walls instead of bought artworks. Pick a colour scheme inspired by your favourite place. Display mementoes from your travels on your bookshelves.
Outside your home you have no control over what you smell – there’s a whole lot of garbage and reheated tuna pasta out there! Make your home a respite for your senses by embracing aromatherapy. Diffused oils, incense, and scented candles in your favourite scents can be an instant mood lifter.