Our lives are busier than ever these days. Hectic schedules dictate our lifestyle and leave us with little time to unwind.
Plus, there are everyday life situations — unexpected repairs, a sick child, sudden change of plans, moving house etc. When all these add up, it’s easy for stress to creep in and disrupt your mental calm.
While many stressors are beyond our control, there’s one thing you have the power to change: Your home environment.
And, because our environment has a tremendous impact on our moods, with a little tweak here and a little upgrade there, you can turn your home into a space that uplifts your mood, calms you down, and ensures better sleep.
Here are some easy decorating ideas that can transform your house into a relaxing, stress-free sanctuary.
1. Remove the clutter
Let’s start with the easiest thing you can do: De-cluttering.
Imaging walking into a room full of mess after a busy day. Or, waking up in one. Studies show that clutter has a negative impact on your mental as well as physical well-being. In fact, researchers have found a direct correlation between higher levels of stress hormone and a cluttered home.
The logic is simple. Clutter makes your home look crowded and chaotic. A clean space offers a sense of calm, allows you to move about easily, and you spend less time fishing out what you need from a pile of stuff.
So, tidy up your space and trust us, you’ll instantly feel less burdened.
2. Bring the nature in
Houseplants can instantly perk up your space. According to the University of Rochester, being surrounded by nature can make you feel less depleted and encourage social interactions.
For a peaceful abode, add a splash of greenery with indoor plants. Flowering plants can offer the dual advantages of visual and aromatic pleasure.
If you’ve never taken care of plants or you’re unsure of your green thumb, you can try your hand with some hired plants from Advance Plants.
3. Use soothing colours
Give loud colours a break and go for cool or muted shades. According to colour experts, tranquil shades of green and blue as well as neutral earth tones tend to be relaxing on our senses because our mind associates them with nature. Whites and beiges are also great to create a cool, composed, and relaxed environment.
If you can’t commit to painting your walls in these calming hues, you could incorporate them in the form of curtains, drapes, accent pieces, décor items, and accessories.
4. Play with textures
Soft fabrics such as cottons or linens are great materials for furnishing as they offer a light and airy ambience. You can combine different textures to build an inviting space. For example, wooden accents, stone fireplace, and plush rugs can be used together to create a home that radiates warmth.
5. Let natural light flow in
Exposure to natural light, at least for some part of the day, can lead to better mood. Letting natural light to flood into your space can make a drastic and positive difference to the look and feel of a room. You can even position a large mirror opposite to a window to maximise the effect.
Use these tips to make your home a stress-busting haven.