A lot of us fall into the trap of making our homes a stressful place to be. Your home should be the place where it is easiest to unwind and relax, not one that brings anxiety and frustration. The transition usually happens quite slowly, so we don’t always see it creeping up on us. Thankfully, creating a more relaxing space isn’t all that difficult. We’ll take a look at how to make your home more calming so that you can enjoy it a little bit more.
Adopt a Minimalism Perspective
You don’t have to go full minimalist and get rid of everything you own, but there are benefits of minimalism that can help create a more relaxing space. Getting rid of visual clutter can reduce feelings of anxiety. It also alleviates the restless feeling of always having something you need to get done. The principles of minimalism can help you remove distractions and the little things that clog up your space and make it difficult to relax.
Use Color Effectively
One of the best ways to make your home more calming is to play around with the colors that you find around the house. Just seeing some colors can change your mood drastically, especially if you’re already in a heightened state of anxiety or frustration. Use the following principles to choose a more calming palette:
- Cooler colors like blues and greens create a more relaxing atmosphere.
- Whites and pale yellows offer a sense of brightness to a room that can improve your mood.
- Darker colors can either make a room feel claustrophobic or cozy, depending on your personal preferences.
- Loud colors like bright red and purple can wind you up and make it hard to relax.
Use Natural Light
Not all of us are lucky enough to live in a place with tons of windows that allow for a lot of natural light. If you do live in a sunny home, natural light from outside is very good at improving your mood, so keep those blinds open as much as you can. For houses with fewer windows, proper lighting is still essential, so emphasize what light you have. Poor lighting isn’t just annoying to deal with—it also has adverse effects on your mental state.
Separate Work and Relaxation
If you’re one of the many people who work from home now, you may find yourself having trouble with switching off from work mode since you’re stuck in the same house all day. This challenge is common, and you can combat it. Rather than move around your home while you’re working, try to designate a small area as your workspace. Make it a place you can easily avoid during your relaxation time so that your brain can start to separate the areas subconsciously.