Today, our lives are busier than ever before. Spending more time in the office and on the road, we’re rarely home to enjoy our lives. Life has become so fast paced that we rarely know whether we’re coming or going. For most of us, this has become so commonplace that we don’t really think about stopping to smell the roses. Our homes are chaotic and disorganized and so full of discord that we don’t know how to relax. Here are a few easy to follow steps that can help us to make home more relaxing and harmonious at the end of a frenzied workday.
Let’s start by setting the tone for a relaxed and calm home that we’ll want to come home to.
Flowers are an ideal beginning. They are soothing and pretty and smell wonderful.
White candles will lend an air of beauty and relaxation to our homes as well. Avoid those that are overly fragrant and instead focus on natural scents such as clean or linen and try to alternate sizes for a visual appeal.
Lighting is a great thing to focus on as well. All natural sunlight is a wonderful addition to any home. Focus on a room’s natural lighting and try to use shades and curtains to enhance the room, not darken it. Even without the sun being out, windows that have the blinds open allow for more natural lighting.
Paint is another way to brighten up your home and allow for a brighter and more relaxed look. Seek quiet tranquil colors such as greens, blues, and greys. Whites and beiges will also help to balance out colors and brighten the home. Keep it neutral looking and use furnishings and fabrics to bring more colors into the room. Bright colors are energizing and when you’re trying to relax they can be overwhelming. Choose shades that are soothing and relaxing to the eye.
Clutter is another reason that many homes aren’t restful. It’s distracting and should be avoided. If you must have “collections” keep it to a minimum and try to make an arrangement that is soothing and appealing to the eye. Think family photos, fresh cut flowers, and plants to brighten up a dark corner.
Your outdoors can be a very relaxing place if you have one. Whether large or small, the outdoor area can be ideal for people looking to add to their relaxing space. Good additions are greenery, minimalist furniture or these outdoor wall fountains at Soothingwalls.com
Books are great as long as they’re not work related. Relaxing coffee table type books are fun to browse through while relaxing.
Grab a few throws and toss them about as well. They invite relaxation and comfort as well as a few throw pillows.
Hardwood flooring with soft area rugs can tie the room together. Allow it to impact the look and enhance it. Layer soft textures to create the ambiance that you’re seeking.