What’s the first thing you feel when you step into your home? Relaxation? Exhaustion? In today’s hectic lives, our homes should be an oasis of calm and replenishment. In fact, our home environment may actually be contributing to our stress levels. Look around you. How does your home make you feel?
It’s always been known that our physical surroundings have the power to emotionally affect us. Philosophies such as Feng Shui have been around for thousands of years. Interest in this area has exploded in the past couple of decades, however, with recent studies finding overwhelming evidence that our home surroundings have a major impact on our sense of wellbeing.
Here are some tips from our experts to get you on the way to creating your perfect living space.
1. Consider colour
There is a whole psychology of colour to be explored, most of it backed up with solid scientific evidence. While many of us like to play it safe with magnolia or off-white walls, a little colour is a powerful thing.
Blue invites serenity and is particularly soothing on bedroom walls and furnishings.A bold red wall can be energising, while accents of bright yellow in a kitchen feel cheerful and welcoming. Experiment with fabric samples to discover the colours that work best for you.
2. Bring the outside in
We each have an innate, vibrant connection with the outdoors. There is nothing like a peaceful woodland walk for helping us feel calm, centred and revitalised. Incorporate some natural elements into your home decor for a rejuvenating effect.
Bring plenty of living greenery into your home. Not only do plants look beautiful, they help detoxify your indoor air and can even boost concentration and memory.
Natural light flooding into our homes is a wonderful tonic. So make the most of your windows by ditching the heavy curtains and replacing with lighter shutters or vertical drapes.
Accessorize your home with woven baskets and rugs. Floors made from wood feel warm and inviting underfoot. Decorate with bowls of seashells or pebbles. The only limit is your imagination.
3. Declutter, declutter, declutter
To truly relax and be able to think clearly, we need an environment that is clutter-free as possible. Remember - everything has its home. It’s just a matter of finding it!
You can make the task easier with dual-purpose, space-saving furniture pieces such as an attractive storage ottoman.
If you live in a small or awkward space, then multi-functional, modular furniture is the way to go. Floating shelves create a more streamlined space.
Spend an afternoon getting tough with yourself. Ditch everything you no longer need or use, going room to room. Here’s a step-by-step decluttering guide to get you started.
4. Experiment with interior arrangement
Configure your space to be balanced and harmonious Your aim should be to create a real sense of “flow” through every room.
A particular Feng Shui method might be helpful with this - close your eyes and imagine a surge of water pouring through the front door into your home. Ideally, you want the water flowing gently around each room, without stopping or stagnating. This can be achieved by arranging your furniture in curves, rather than lining it up.
5. Be creative with decor
Above all, your home should reflect you - your preferences, what makes you happy, what makes you relaxed, what inspires you. If you love water and the sea, try a marine-inspired decor. If your tastes are modern and urban, invest in some stunning metal wall art. Think of your home as your own living, breathing sanctuary that you have crafted yourself, and you’ll feel contentment from the second you walk in the door.