A quiet and relaxing evening at home is one of life’s greatest pleasures. When you are designing and decorating the interior of your home, it is important to pay extra attention to making a relaxing environment since it is one of the most effective methods of getting rid of chronic stress. A quiet and calm home makes waking up in the morning a joy, and you always have a soothing place to come home to after a noisy day at work. In fact, living in a quiet environment that promotes relaxation often translates into better relationships between the people who live at home. A peaceful home can also improve your inner energy levels and turn you into a happier and more fulfilled person.
Here are some practical interior design tips for creating a quiet and calm home.
Clear the Clutter
Whether you’re an avid follower of Marie Kondo or a self-proclaimed maximalist, clutter produces physical and unconscious chaos. Oftentimes unkempt piles and disorganization can lead to 20 minutes of searching for those pesky car keys and an overall feeling of distress. Take some time to tackle that messy closet or piles of old mail bogging you down. You’ll feel the tension immediately escape the room as you toss away those unneeded items. Spend time cleaning out unused items for donation, and invest in appealing organizational tools like woven baskets, oversize clear jars, and drawer inserts.
Learn Colour Psychology
The simple addition of a colourful wall or statement piece can transform the mood of any room. Silky white textiles offer a sense of elegance and serenity to a bedroom, whereas a daffodil shade of yellow may add just the right amount of exuberance to a family’s living room. Choosing the right colour scheme can be a challenge, so experiment with different shades and combinations to determine how they may impact the feeling of your space. Cool shades are often a safe choice to create soothing spaces. Shades of blue and green and combinations of those colours are best.
Use Plenty of Natural Light
Nothing brings clarity or highlights the intricate design details of a room like a stroke of natural light. A naturally lit room boosts productivity, improves mood, and creates an overall tranquil atmosphere more so than an artificially lit environment. For apartment dwellers with few to no windows, try incorporating reflective surfaces into the home. The amount of natural light will immediately double by allowing sunlight to reflect off strategically placed large mirrors or lacquered pieces.
Add Plants and Flowers
When looking to recharge from a stressful week, people often flood to their nearest botanical garden or hiking trail to immerse themselves in nature. Why not bring the restorative qualities of emerald escapes indoors? Not only do they add a verdant pop to your design scheme but, according to a study done by Nasa, plants eliminate toxins from indoor spaces, thus re-oxygenating your home. For those with a not-so-green thumb, try varieties such as parlor palms or snake plants that require little maintenance for maximum serene effects at a low lift.
Designate Tech and Tech-Free Zones
Technology brings so much to our lives — from information to entertainment to security and comfort in our homes. Sometimes you need to unplug to connect with the great big world beyond the screen. To help your household enjoy some time without electronics time on the regular, consider establishing tech zones and tech-free zone in your home. Keep computers and other tech devices limited to one area, so everyone can be free of the constant tug of the internet when being with family. Establish guidelines for your tech-free zone, mainly about electronics-free activities such as mealtimes or an hour or two before bed.