With many families using their home as a workspace and school as well as a living space, it’s no wonder that so many people are feeling overwhelmed. Unless your home is massive, it’s hard to separate all our activities into individual rooms. This makes it difficult to unwind from work or school, even well into the evening hours.
If you’ve been feeling like your once-peaceful home is now a buzzing centre of activity 24 hours a day, don’t panic. There are concrete steps you can take to make your home feel calmer.
Today, we’ll bring you some of our best tips for creating a more relaxed atmosphere inside your home. Some of our tips are as simple as rethinking your window coverings or flooring, and most of these improvements can be done in an afternoon.
1. Add window coverings
If your windows let in a lot of light and noise, it can be a major distraction and barrier to relaxation. Windows are great to have, but sometimes they just need to be covered.
To help make your home into a calm oasis, find a great window covering that can add a bit of soundproofing to the room. Drapes and curtains are a great choice for sound dampening. The thicker the fabric, the better soundproofing they can offer. If you’re looking to reduce noise by a large margin, layer thick drapes over lighter honeycomb shades for total noise and light reduction. You’ll sleep like a baby.
2. Make it smell great
Aromatherapy is a great way to help introduce calming scents into your space. There are lots of different ways you can introduce relaxing scents to your home, but the most popular include vapour diffusers, scented candles, and wax melts.
Regardless of which method you choose, make sure to opt for pure essential oils, which are made from plant extracts rather than artificial fragrances. Lavender is one of the most relaxing scents available, and many studies have found that it helps reduce anxiety and other mood disorders.
3. Clean up clutter
It’s hard to relax when you’re surrounded by mess and clutter. A great way to immediately make your space feel more serene and calm is to pick up clutter and tidy up your living area so surfaces are clear. If you regularly feel overwhelmed by clutter, it may be a sign that you need to pare down.
To help you feel more in control, set a time for 5-10 minutes every night, and do a speed clean. You’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish in such a short amount of time. Once that’s done, it’ll be a lot easier for you to enjoy your evening.
4. Add in some cozy textures
Every time you see a cozy blanket, don’t you just want to snuggle up? Soft, textured fabrics are perfect for bringing in an extra layer of coziness to your home.
The easiest way to do this is through textiles like blankets and pillowcases, but if you have the budget you can opt to redo your flooring and add high-pile carpet in a soft, neutral shade. This is a great way to make your space feel more welcoming.
5. Paint in calming colours
The paint colour you choose for your home has a huge impact on its overall atmosphere. Colour theory, which is a common principle followed by artists, studies how humans perceive and relate to colour.
Every human has their own colour preferences but overall, we perceive colour in a similar way. Most people will feel calmed by sky blue or sage green, while vibrant, bright magenta or citrine yellow are more invigorating and exciting.
You can use colour theory to make your home feel more calm. Cool shades are thought to be more relaxing, and if you choose a more muted shade like cream, it’s easy to match it to the rest of your décor. Keep the colours consistent through one area or floor, and you can promote a greater sense of flow.
6. Turn down the volume
When you have lots of music, noise, and chatter going at the same time, it’s really hard to relax. To keep things calmer, unplug a few noise-making devices, and isolate the sounds so you’re only listening to one thing at a time.
If you want to try and keep the sound moving throughout your home, invest in a set of Bluetooth speakers, which can be hooked up to the same source so you can listen as you move through different rooms.
7. Add some plants
Potted plants help bring the outside in, and promote a greater sense of calm throughout your house. Caring for them can reduce stress, and reminds us to take some time to tend to growing things, including ourselves.
One popular NASA study even found that some popular varieties of house plants help improve your air quality, quietly removing toxins and pollutants. Some of the best plants from the NASA study that you can bring into your home include:
- English ivy
- Variegated sansevieria
- Heartleaf philodendron
- Aloe vera
- Spider plant
- Peace lily
- Bamboo palm
8. Boost your natural light
When you’re not getting enough natural light, some people begin to feel moody, anxious, and even depressed. That’s because while artificial light does the job of illuminating our living space, it doesn’t bring in the same benefits as natural light. Natural sunlight is a key source of vitamin D, and helps increase our serotonin levels, which is our body’s happiness hormone.
Instead of relying on artificial light all day, take advantage of the daylight hours to bring more natural light into your home. If you’re not getting enough sunlight in your usual work or relaxation spots, consider moving your furniture around so it’s easier to access the sun.
9. Surround yourself with things that bring you joy
Some people get so obsessed with making their home look beautiful that they forget to add in personal touches. When we step inside our home, the things we surround ourselves with should make us smile. If you don’t feel like your home is a good reflection of your own style, it may be time to do an edit or add in some more personal touches.
Framing family photographs, displaying travel souvenirs, and showcasing your hobbies are all great ways to make your home feel more like ‘you’.
Duby’s Home Centre Wants to Make Your Home Feel Calmer
Want to make some changes to create a calmer environment at home? Come down to Duby’s Home Centre, where we can advise you on the best paint, flooring, and window treatments to make your home your own personal oasis.