Life is often hectic and stressful, so it’s really important that your home is a space where you can feel relaxed and escape the chaos.
However, it’s often easy to find your home filled with clutter, disorganised and messy. That’s why we’ve put together some relaxing and balancing home decor ideas that will help you to transform it into a haven of calm. Read on for some top tips on how to make your house a tranquil oasis.
Have a clear-out
Before you consider buying new furniture and updating your decor, you need to have a thorough clear out of all your clutter. Piles of unnecessary stuff everywhere doesn’t just make your house messy, but it can also impact your mind leaving you feeling disorganised and chaotic. And just tidying away the clutter into drawers and cupboards isn’t enough to tackle the problem.
You need to be brutal — get rid of stuff that you don’t need anymore, or you’ve never even used. Do you really need that waffle maker that’s still in the box, or that huge stack of books you’ve never read? For sentimental items that you do want to keep but don’t use, box it up and store it somewhere out of sight.
Once you’re left with the things that you really need or want, then you can start to look at storage furniture that means you can tidy things away properly. Try to keep your surfaces as clear as possible — invest in drawers, cabinets, shelving units, and boxes so that you can keep your home organised as much as possible.
Pick the right colours
Colour can make a huge difference to your home — but instead of painting every wall in different shades, try to focus on one key colour for each room. A single statement wall that focuses the room is going to help you coordinate everything else in there so that it feels more ‘together’ instead of erratic.
Pick cooler shades like blue or green if you’re looking to create a calm, soothing space. This doesn’t have to apply to every room, but try to avoid bold colours like red and orange in your bedroom or living room — places that you want to feel relaxed in. However, if one of your favourite colours is a bold, bright shade and it’s going to make you feel happy, then create a feature wall with it.
You can keep some rooms completely neutral with cool white or light grey walls, or use warm neutral hues to create inviting interior spaces. Once you’ve got this calming canvas to work with, you can complete the picture with accessories and pieces of furniture that add smaller splashes of colour to the room.
If you don’t own your home and can’t paint the walls, there are still plenty of ways to make your rented space a calm home. Focus on defining the colours of each room with a key piece of furniture, by adding throws and cushions, or putting up your favourite prints and posters.
Add some calming, air-cleansing plants
Many people find nature calming — getting outside for a walk, visiting a local park or gardens to escape from their busy lives. So adding some plants to your home is going to bring a bit of the outdoors inside.
Not only do they look good, and add a grounding, natural element to your rooms, but many plants can also purify the air in your home. And most of them, like parlour palms or spider plants, don’t require too much maintenance — just a little water when they dry out.
Maximise natural light
Making the most of the light in every room of your house is going to make it feel bigger, brighter, and calmer. Opt for blinds instead of thick curtains in rooms where you don’t want people to look through the windows — they’ll give you some privacy, but let in light when you need it.
Other room-lightening tips? Make sure there’s no bulky furniture blocking any light from your windows. Strategically placed mirrors — whether mounted or propped against a wall for a more casual look — can help bounce light around rooms as well as make them feel more spacious. Don’t underestimate the importance of good lighting — natural lighting doesn’t just make your home look good, but it also boosts productivity and your mood.
Natural textures can also help to make your house feel more tranquil, while softer materials make it cosier. Cover hard floors with rugs and mats, add throws to soften your sofa, and layer up different textures. You’ll feel comforted and calmer in no time.
Create a calm bedroom
One of the most important rooms to create a calm, relaxed space is your bedroom.
More than any other room, aim to keep it clear of clutter as much as possible. Don’t try to cram in too much storage, and give yourself as much space as you can. Stick to lighter colours that make you feel calm, and try to make it feel open and bright.
Avoid putting up lots of things on the walls that make it feel crowded and busy. And most importantly, don’t put a television in your bedroom — it stops the temptation of late-night TV binges, which will mess up your sleeping pattern.
Instead, invest in a warming bedside lamp — soft, ambient lighting is key if you want to create a relaxing, sleepy environment — and add a small bookshelf to your room so that you can unwind reading before you fall asleep.
These are just a few ways in which you can create a calm, relaxing home.
Even if you’re updating your home on a budget, you just need to focus on creating clutter-free, organised spaces, using colours that make you feel peaceful or happy, and bringing some light and peace-bringing plants into your home. Sorted.