Homes and interior design play a massive part in our emotional well-being. At this time of year when it's cold and the days are shorter we naturally spend more time indoors it is a great time to reflect on how we live in our homes and what makes it our own special place. Your home should nurture and invigorate you. Giving yourself some time and space to breathe and relax has never been more important.
5 Interior Design Ideas to Help You Create a Mindful Home:
1) Declutter to decompress
Take it one shelf at a time, a tidy home means a tidy and relaxed mind. You don't have to do a big clear out (unless you want to) but putting everything in it's place will help you feel calmer and more organised.
An added bonus of being clutter free is that it's much easier to keep clean. Therefore saving you both time and reduce stress in the long run.
2) Colour Your Calm
Colour is a great influence on mood. Discover your mood-enhancing colours that make you feel happy. As a starting point get lots of paint colour charts and see which ones speak to you (and your partner or family).
Blues are not only particularly on trend in 2022 but it's also a fabulously calming colour. The colour of the sea and sky create a sense of peace. A quick coat of blue wall paint on the walls will create a relaxing and peaceful vibe.
Pick a paint to revitalise your home
3) Bring the Outside In
Adding plants (either real or fake) has been scientifically proven to have a positive effect on our mental health. House plants not only absorb toxins and give out oxygen but being surrounded by both real and faux plants restore energy levels, is calming helps to clear your mind and reduces your heart rate.
4) Sleep Tight
Quality sleep is very important to our health. Your bedroom should be set up to soothe and relax to help you get the best rest possible.
When was the last time you replaced your mattress? You spend hours each night in bed, making an investment in a good quality mattress is a game changer for getting a good nights sleep. Typically a mattress should be replaced every 6-10 years but it's important to listen to your body ahead of this rule. There are many factors to consider when bed shopping; size, sleeping style, support level. Take your time and do your research.
Make it Cosy
Adding layers of texture and comfort to the bed is key to getting cosy. Velvet cushions, faux fur throws, soft squidgy bedspreads all add a tactile quality that gives a feeling of sumptuous luxury. Create the perfect place to disconnect and focus on energising in maximum comfort.
Light in Layers
A mixture of light sources are very important in the bedroom. Table lamps and lights by the bed. Main ceiling light for when you are dressing. Stick to lower wattage warm white bulbs to keep the mood relaxed and calm.
5) Use Your Nose
Scent should be as carefully considered as layout, lighting and paint colour. It powerfully affects the ambience and mood of any space. By bringing in calming scents to your home you can create a calming and tranquil atmosphere instantly, help you unwind and transform your home.
When you are choosing which fragrances to buy consider how it will harmonise with the room. Lavender is soothing and relaxing and is great for a bedroom. A citrus based fragrance is refreshing and invigorating and more suited to a kitchen or hallway. Strong floral fragrances are perfect for smaller rooms such as a cloakroom or bathroom.
Whether it's from a scented candle, reed diffuser or perfume mist diffuser quality home fragrance is an inexpensive quick win to reduce stress and anxiety.
It's relaxing and ritualistic to light an aromatic candle in the evening. Changing scents with the season also keeps it fresh and interesting. Floral and in Spring, Floral and citrussy in Summer, comforting in Autumn and rich and warming in Winter.
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