Your home is your haven and the place you want to feel safe and happy in. In a world of chaos and unknown, having your own space to go to is so special. But if your home feels just as chaotic as the outside world, then it won’t be the haven space that you are looking for. Your home needs to reflect your life, of course, but if it is too messy, too cluttered, and too random, it can mean that it isn’t a relaxing or calming space to be in at all.
Think about your bedroom, for example. Are you the kind of person that makes the bed as soon as they get up, or do you leave it? If you’re the latter, then it can actually make it harder to get to sleep at the end of the day. Living in a constant whirlwind can be tough. At the moment, you might find that you have a little more time on your hands compared to normal, so it can be a good time to think about your home and what you want it to look like. Having a space that is more calming and more peaceful, will help you to really cherish your time at home. Here are some suggestions of things that could make a difference.
Style it on somewhere that you really love
When you think of somewhere that is peaceful and calming, or a place that you really enjoy being, where do you think of? Styling your home on a place that you love to visit, and that always calms you, can be a good starting point. For instance, if you love the beach, then you could take some of those tones for colors in your home, and have accessories around that theme, such as decor with shells and sand, or having recycled wood furniture. If you loved your travels to somewhere like Bali, you could take those sights and sounds and bring them into your home (think wooden sculptures, house plants, and all things coconut).
Color makes a big difference in the home, and color also plays a big part in the environment around you. If you have colors like green, blue, and ivory, then they can be very calming and are regularly associated with more peaceful environments. Neutral tones like grey, cream, and sand can also be calming and earth colors are quite grounding, especially when they are compared to bright reds or oranges. Not only can you think about color on the walls, but think about color with your furnishings and accessories.
In your backyard, having something like a water feature can be something that is really calming and peaceful. The sound of water can be so soothing. But what is the equivalent for indoors? Well, who has seen the fish tank scene in Romeo and Juliet (the Baz Luhrmann version)? How romantic and peaceful is that scene? It just shows that having water inside the home, through something like a fish tank, can be calming and relaxing. Of course, it will take some setting up, and making sure that you have the best fish tank setup will help it to look good and keep the fish alive. But that, along with some other calming features, can be all that you need to feel calm and more peaceful and relaxed at the end of the day.
Add some green
If you want a quick way to brighten up your home and add in some elements of calm, then adding in some greenery can really make a difference. When you have plants in the home, nothing really compares when you see it growing and thriving. Not only can it be rewarding to look after your plants, but it can be something that is calming too. To help to create a happy environment, having tall, towering plants can really make a difference. Tall plants are the most eye-catching, and in many cases, they can be the best priced, offering you more bang for your buck. Houseplants can also purify the air in your home, so they really are a win-win.
Get better sleep
If you have a diagnosed sleep disorder, then getting to sleep can be tricky. For everyone else, it is all about creating the ultimate environment for your best sleep. One of the things that you need to think about is the design of your bedroom. For one thing, you shouldn’t bring work into the bedroom. If you have screens like a laptop and a phone, then avoid bringing them into the bedroom. It can be hard to switch off if they are there, and it does make a difference to how well you can sleep. You need to set yourself some boundaries.
The temperature in the room, and the home in general, can impact how calm and peaceful you feel. Too hot and it will be uncomfortable, and too cold will also be uncomfortable. So you need to reach that peak temperature in your bedroom (or home in general), that works for you.
The Lighting in your home really does make a difference to how calm and peaceful you feel. One thing to make a difference is to create mood lighting with dimmer switches. It stops there being harsh light before going to bed, and can calm you as you enjoy your evening meal and enjoy your evening, for example. It can also be a good way to help you to sleep better, as mentioned above. In order to help to transition yourself from wakefulness to sleep, it can be best to create an environment for yourself with semi-darkness to darkness, to then complete darkness.
As you can see, making just a few small adjustments can make a big difference to how you feel with your mood and calmness, and how peaceful you feel when you’re in your home. Is there anything else that you think would work best for you? It would be great to hear what you think.