Spring is a wonderful time to redesign your home space to better match your family’s needs. If you’re finding that certain spaces are causing you stress or increasing your distractions, it may be time for a change. When decorating, it’s important to think about the space’s primary function and how to balance its intention with style and design. Minor upgrades and thoughtful selections can allow décor to have a full and beneficial effect. Below, we’ll explore various ideas to make your home as calm and soothing as possible.
Clutter can create distractions, cause stress, and make it harder for people to find what they need. You may feel that you have “organized chaos” without realizing how your disorganized space is affecting you.
Here are some tips for decluttering your space:
If you’re thinking of repainting a room, familiarize yourself with color theory before picking out paint swatches. Bold, rich, and warm colors can bring high energy to a space but can be hard for relaxation. Cooler, muted shades are encouraged in bedrooms to relieve stress and anxiety. Blues and greens can also remind us of our favorite outdoor spaces, like gardens or beaches.
Bare walls and hardwood floors can carry large amounts of sound. Heavy curtains or draperies around windows reduce sound and can provide other benefits, such as heat insulation. Furniture with soft upholstery, pillows, and blankets can help a room feel more inviting while also absorbing sound.
Light can impact your mind and body. Natural light has positive attributes to your circadian rhythm and vitamin D balance. Bright, blue tinted light can increase a person’s alertness but can also make it difficult to relax. Those who have seasonal affective disorder or live in areas with low exposure to natural light may benefit from warmer and softer light.
Our sense of smell can often trigger memories or associations. Think mindfully of scents that make you feel relaxed and try to incorporate them into your space.
Experts recommend these scents, although every nose is different.
You can distribute scents into a room through incense, candles, diffusers, room sprays, or bath/shower bombs.
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