Many of us spend a great deal of time at home these days. Whether you work from home, love spending time meal-prepping in the kitchen, or you simply enjoy leisurely time in the comfort of your own home, it’s possible the space isn’t as calming and relaxing as you’d like it to be.
If you’d like to create a sanctuary that incites feelings of calm and relaxation in your home but aren’t sure where to start, take a look at the ideas below. Try one or try all to create the calming space you’d like your home to be.
1. Soft & Warm Fabrics
Nothing says warmth and coziness than a soft quilt or a long shag rug. You can cover almost any surface in textiles, so let your imagination soar. Reupholster a chair in crushed velvet or add a soft shag rug to the floor – whatever it takes to make the space look and feel warm and inviting. Soft textiles have a calming effect no matter the season.
2. Balanced Colors
Although this year’s hot home décor trend is bold colors, to create the calming space you desire, try balancing pops of color against a neutral backdrop. For example, add vibrant throw pillows to your neutral couch for a balanced, interesting, and relaxing vibe.
3. Relaxing Home Décor
Look for home décor that fits your personality while also standing the test of time. If you’d like to try some of the newest trends in home décor, be sure it’s something you like because if you don’t, you may find yourself unable to relax completely.
4. Make Room for Winding Down
To truly help you relax at home, carve out a space that’s separate from the rest of the area dedicated to doing yoga or meditation. Be sure to include things like a floor mat or pillow, pictures you love, a couple of plants, and a music source to make the perfect nook for your relaxation practices.
5. Embrace Scent
Your sense of smell is the gateway to calmness as certain scents invite relaxation and reduce stress. Try lighting a few scented candles around your home or diffusing essential oils to create a relaxing atmosphere in your home. Scents to consider include chamomile, lavender, Jasmine, and lemon.
6. The Right Lighting
The right lighting can have a dramatic effect on your mood. If it’s dark or gloomy when your workday is done, you may need some light therapy to lift your spirits and instill relaxation. Look for lights that mimic the sun or try stringing lights across your living room to bring a positive vibe to your space.
7. Let Natural Light In
One of the easiest ways to create a brighter, calming space is to let the natural light flood in. Even if your home or apartment doesn’t have a lot of windows, you can still embrace the natural light you do have by not covering the windows with heavy treatments and keeping them open for as long as the daylight hours allow. You can further increase the brightness in the room by hanging mirrors on the walls to reflect and bounce the light around.