April 14, 2022

Creating a Calm and Soothing Space: Ideas to Make Your Home Cozy

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.

1. Reduce Clutter

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:

  • Remove items that don't belong in the room and put them away in their proper location.
  • Sort through trash and recyclables before properly disposing of them.
  • If you have items you don't often use, sort through them to determine what's necessary to keep.

2. Make Conscious Color Choices

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.

3. Quiet the Noise

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.

4. Shed Some Light

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.

5. Aromatherapy

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.

  • Lavender
  • Jasmine
  • Sage
  • Vanilla
  • Rosemary
  • Peppermint
  • Cedar or sandalwood
  • Chamomile

You can distribute scents into a room through incense, candles, diffusers, room sprays, or bath/shower bombs.

Owning a home provides infinite possibilities when it comes to making your space your own. If you’re considering purchasing a new home, or are interested in a renovation loan, contact us today!

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