With a majority of workers feeling stressed on any given day, finding ways to manage stress has become more important than ever for one’s physical and mental health. While there are many positive ways to cope with stress, another way to feel at peace is to create a space where you can feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Your home is more than a place to store your belongings—it should also be a place where you can relax after a hard day at work. Some spaces, such as bedrooms, are easy to turn into a serene oasis. Other parts of the home such as the living room, kitchen, and bathroom may be a bit more challenging to work with if you’re aiming for a tranquil feel. The good news is that there are simple ways to transform these areas into a relaxing haven, so follow these tips to give your space a stress-free vibe and stay happy and calm in your own home.
Choose a soothing color palette
Colors can influence mood and emotion. To promote relaxation in living rooms or kitchens, consider using pale or neutral shades. Watery, pale blues can also work to give a room a serene feel. Try having a neutral color scheme such as sand, beige, and white in your living room and incorporating touches of blue in your décor.
Add the right accessories
Too many decorative elements can make a room feel cluttered or messy, which is not what you want when you’re going for a soothing vibe. Oftentimes, just one accessory or design element can work to tie the look of a room together while giving it a peaceful feel. Try installing a recessed or tabletop ethanol fireplace in your living room. This type of fireplace can give your living space an elegant feel and looking at the flickering flames can be very relaxing on a cold night. A tabletop water feature in your home office can also work to make your workspace more pleasant and inviting.
Play with texture
The right combination of textures can make your home a comfy and cozy place to be. Wooden flooring is more comfortable underfoot than ceramic tiles or marble, but if you have marble flooring, you can lay down wool or pure cotton carpets or area rugs to make it more comfortable. Consider placing throw pillows and throw blankets in the living room to add softness. Go for natural textiles such as linen or cotton for curtains to give your home a Zen feel.
Enhance your space with the right scents
Beeswax candles, a linen spray, or an oil diffuser can all work to give your home a lovely scent. However, not all scents can promote relaxation—when used improperly, scented products can actually trigger headaches and affect your mood in a negative way. To help you relax and unwind, try citrus scents, lavender, peppermint, or jasmine.
Try these tips to transform your home into a relaxing space. You’ll surely enjoy spending time in a soothing environment and the changes that you make will benefit your overall wellbeing.