8 Tips For Making Your Home Feel More RelaxingNovember 16, 2014
Most of us associate a feeling of calm and peace with a relaxing holiday. But, why shouldn’t we be able to achieve this feeling a little closer to home? In fact, why shouldn’t we be able to get this feeling in our homes? The pressures of everyday life mean that we don’t give as much attention to our nests as we would like to. However, transforming your home into a tranquil space does not have to be expensive or time-consuming. With these handy tips, you will have that sought-after feeling of calm and peace as soon as you walk through your front door.
Certain flowers have a calming scent that works well at relieving stress. Try adding some vases around your home full of lavender, rose and jasmine flowers. Not only do they give off a soothing aroma, they are also beautiful to look at.
Candles are a great way to achieve a relaxing ambiance in your home. Aromatherapy candles are specifically designed to make your body and mind relax. White candles with a delicate scent, such as chamomile, are much more calming than strongly scented varieties, which can be overpowering.
At night, softer lighting will set the perfect tone to your new relaxing home. Instead of using the main light in your rooms, opt for the lower lighting provided by table lamps and floor lamps. Alternatively, try adding a dimmer to your main light so that you can adjust it with ease. Avoid exposed bulbs as the light will be too harsh.
During the day, open the blinds and curtains and let the natural light flood into your home. Spend time in the sunniest of your rooms, soaking up the warmth. This will make you feel relaxed and content.
Opt for neutral colors and soft fabrics and textures when it comes to furniture. You will achieve a relaxing feel with comfortable bean bag chairs, floor cushions and poufs. Soft looking and feeling rugs will also help. Arrange your furniture around a central point like a fireplace or a large window to achieve a calming look and feeling.
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Everyone associates relaxing times with being in a warm bubble bath. Even just the sight of the bath will make you feel relaxed. A lovely white, clean bath surrounded by candles and flowers is guaranteed to make you feel very calm.
As is the case with the furniture, light, neutral paint colors will contribute to a relaxing home. Hues of blue, gray and green will work best as will whites and creams.
A tidy home is a relaxing home. If your house is dirty and cluttered, you will be easily distracted by it, and you will find it much harder to focus on chilling out. Although this may be easier said than done, especially if you have young children, try to remove as much clutter as possible. You might even consider doing a proper clear out of all your unwanted items. Make your bed every morning as this will make it more inviting at night time.
Pictures and paintings of tranquil scenes will help you achieve that calm feeling. Choose pictures that are not too loud or bright as these may cause the opposite of the effect intended.