After a hard days work, the last thing you need is to return to a home that’s going to add to your stress levels. Cluttered rooms, angry colours, mess and disorganisation can all have an effect on your mindset, therefore it’s important to learn how to avoid this.
Your home should be a space which acts as a calm, relaxing place for you to unwind and de-stress. It should be a place you look forward to coming home to – full of happiness and peace. Obviously, if you have young children or a large family, you’re unlikely to get much peace in the home anyway and there isn’t much you can do about this, but a stressful and cluttered home is one you can do something about.
They say that wellness and inner peace should start right from your home interior, with your abode helping your mental state. With this in mind, here are a few key tips for keeping a peaceful and calm environment in your house:
Choose The Colour Scheme For You
Yes, there are many guides out there which will tell you the best colours to be exposed to in the home to create a peaceful environment, but don’t forget these have to work for you. If you’re a person that hates anything white and bright, then do take this into consideration before following ‘the rules’.
It is important to choose a colour scheme that makes you feel calm – so have a think about the colours which make your mind and body start to relax. Different colours affect our mood and energy levels in different ways. The general rule of thumb is that lighter shades and natural woods work the best, as they make small spaces feel open and airy. However, some darker shades like navy blue paints and turquoise are said to give out calming and tranquil feelings.
Reds and purples are known to do the opposite and create a sense of anger and stress. While this isn’t always the case for everyone, analyse the colour wheel and see where your mind takes you.
Declutter The Home
It’s no surprise to hear that mess and disorganisation affects the mind. If you enter your home and immediately see mess, it will instantly add to any stress you already have and take away any clarity you may have had.
Try to take a few extra minutes each day to make sure all your things are placed back where they should be and try to keep a minimalistic approach to your home. For those who struggle, a quick tip is to invest in storage boxes which double up as attractive furniture, such as stylish coffee tables and stackable shelves. If you can simply lift up a lid, or pull out a drawer, and fill it with the items that get left on the floor, it’s a fast and effective way to remove ‘mess’.
Try to put some time aside every few months to assess what you need to get rid of and what needs to stay, so you don’t end up hoarding items for no reason, as this will only add to the mess.
Create A Designated Space For Clutter
It can be hard to avoid clutter, especially if you have a family or small children. A way around this is to keep one of your rooms as a storage room – if you’re lucky enough to have this available to you. It doesn’t always have to be a dedicated room, it could be a little pantry or an understairs cupboard.
A room or space for clutter can be the place where you hang up coats, store shoes, keep toilet rolls, tools, cleaning materials etc. It’s a great way to keep the unsightly things out of eyesight. Another way of keeping clutter ‘tidy’ is to invest in large wicker baskets and keep one in each room. For the bedroom, you can keep things such as hairdryers and books tucked away, and for the bathroom, you could place products and spare towels in there.
Add Plants To Your Home
There isn’t anything much more calming in this world than to be surrounded by the serenity of greenery. By carefully placing small plants – both real and false – around the home in different rooms it can do wonders for the mind. Some house plants are fairly low-maintenance and look beautiful, with the added bonus that they help to purify the air in your home, making you feel focused.
Another trick is to treat yourself and your home to a bouquet of fresh flowers, which you could keep in a vase in the dining room or whichever room works for you.
Give Your Space A Calming Scent
Ever walk into a boutique hotel or spa and realise how uplifted you feel when you take in the aromas? Imagine the same for your home. You can create this by using essential oil diffusers or scented candles to make your home have its own relaxing scent.
Some popular scents used at spas and hotels to create the tranquil feeling include lavender, jasmine, cinnamon, rosemary, peppermint and lemon, which all have calming properties and are perfect for creating a soothing setting.
Creating a calm home can take many measures, but by making just one of the amendments above it really can work wonders. Assess your current home situation first and see which of the tips need addressing in a bid to create a calming, stress-free home environment.