Creating a calm and inviting space at home is good for your mental health and well being. It doesn’t have to break the bank and can easily be incorporated into any home with these ideas. See if you can create a calm home environment to enjoy in 2019!
1. Clutter = Chaos
Clutter can make a space stressful, even if you don’t notice it happening! There are some really easy ways to reduce clutter – and keep it that way!
A main element is keeping entrance ways and pathways clear so you have clean routes through your home. Keep front entry items – like coats, shoes and bags – in a cupboard. No space for a cupboard? Use some hanging hooks or a shoe rack to keep the mess contained! If you don’t, feelings of chaos creep in from the moment you enter the house.
Clever cupboard storage is key as well. Make sure you keep the items you use often toward the front so you don’t have to dig at the back of cupboards to find what you need. Put similar items in boxes, and clear out anything you don’t need. From children’s toys to old food items, clear out or put away anything you don’t need laying around – and use spaces like underneath a bed to store the boxes so you can’t see the mess.
Finally, create a space for mess if you can’t clear it away. Allocate a space in your home for clutter and mess, and make sure it doesn’t spread – whether this is a basket for particular items to be thrown in (toiletries, scarves), or an area around a table or work space (bags, paperwork), if it is all in one place you can find things later as well!
2. Happy Things
Fill your home with happy memories and things that make you smile to achieve a calm home.
By putting photos of happy memories, trinkets and gifts that remind you of people, and items that remind you of happy times, your home becomes more personal and a space you can enjoy with ease.
3. Bring Nature Inside
Natural elements in the home evoke nature and make you feel calm at home. Whether you fill your house with houseplants, or have fresh flowers in every room, there are a host of benefits. The colour green is a calming colour, and the plants will also freshen up your home, removing the toxins from the air and replacing the oxygen.
Think about which plants you use for each room – plants that like humidity should be in a bathroom and edibles should be in the kitchen!
Adding natural materials also makes a room feel fresher and calmer. Use lighter wood for an uplifting, calming feel, or bamboo for a serene, ‘zen’ effect.
4. Colour Choices
Redecorating your home with colours that make you feel calm can make a huge difference. The psychology of colour has a big impact on how you feel in a space and different colours are suited best for particular rooms or activities.
Green and blue are calming colours, and white or cream invokes feelings of cleanliness, peace and calm as well. Different colour tones also add warmth to a room, and making sure you have a co-ordinated feel to a room will make it a nicer space to be in.
Brighter, lighter colours make a room feel larger as well, whilst darker colours can feel oppressive in a small space or chill-out area.
5. Smells and Scents
A pleasant smell makes a space feel calm and welcoming. Using reed diffusers, plug in scents or scented candles boosts the calm feeling in a room. Try pillow sprays for a good nights’ sleep, or use pot pourri to add some colour as well.
Scents like lavender or chamomile are renowned for their calming effects as they interact with your brain – or just pick your favourite smell!
6. Cosy Spaces
Nothing beats curling up with a good book and a super soft rug!
The Scandinavians are brilliant at creating guidelines for making your home calm and cosy. You may have heard of the Danish concept, “Hygge”, which is about making a home cosy and enjoying life with friends. Also, the art of ‘Lagom’ centres around the idea of having just the right amount of everything. Read more in our blog on making a Lagom home here.
7. Add some Air
Homes hold in all the stale air and can make it feel unhealthy. By opening the windows each day, you can refresh the air and breathe in some new oxygen. This is especially important in damper rooms like bathrooms or kitchens, as over time the moisture will cause damp and mould – which can cause some respiratory side effects over a long period of time.
8. Light Up your Life
During the day the sunlight is an important, mood-altering element. But when night hits, it can be difficult to get the lighting right to make a home feel calm and cosy.
Use soft yellow lights to give a room a softer, more inviting feel. Avoid bright white lighting in relaxing areas as this is harsh on the eye – though having brighter white lighting in a working space keeps you focused.
Use different types of lighting to allow the room to be an evolving environment, especially in a living room or lounge. Providing different lighting will help provide the right amount of light for different times and activities.
Floor to ceiling curtains also make a room feel cosy as it feels more enclosed, invoking a feeling of security.
(9. An extra idea – making life easier at home will also keep you calm. If a home lift will help make your life a bit less chaotic, Gartec Home can help! Just get in touch on 01296 397100 to have a chat with our experts.)
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Whatever you do to make your home perfect, we hope you have a calm and cosy 2019!