These days, people are more concerned about making their homes functional. Installing smart devices, intelligent security measures, luxury furniture, and creating a beautiful space often come at the top of the list of home considerations these days. Many forget one vital factor that makes a house truly a home: a cozy, relaxing environment.
Creating a relaxing environment in your home is essential because this is where you lay to rest at the end of a busy day, lounge with family and friends, and sleep at the end of it all. A cozy, relaxing feel in your home goes a long way to help your mental health by relieving stress and calming the mind.
And the good news is that, to make your home more relaxing, you don’t have to spend so much money as when executing a renovation or remodeling. It comes in the little things.
So, without further ado, let’s find out some little ways to promote peace and relaxation in your home.
1. Keep pests at bay
Pests are what they are — they are a pestilence to your life. Imagine cockroaches running across the carpet or cupboard near your bed at night and mice racing throughout your kitchen. Sometimes you just feel you might go insane. How do you relax with their tiny feet making annoying sounds all over your house? Even ants that do not cause diseases can damage furniture and disrupt your peace just by walking in numbers along your walls. To promote peace and relaxation in your home, it’s worth calling an ant pest control professional or taking DIY measures to get rid of these tiny nuisances.
2. Build-in some snug comfort
Life is stressful. We can’t avoid it, but we can choose to escape once in a while, and a particular part of your home can make just the perfect spot for that.
Bringing in some items like teakettles and a luxurious throw blanket can make any spot as comforting as can be. Whether you’re chilling on the couch or working at the dining area, a luxurious throw with tea in hand can make you swear never to leave that spot ever again.
3. Bring in nature
One way to promote a relaxing environment in your home is to bring outside in — set up flower vases and a little garden indoors.
Studies suggest that visiting natural environments is beneficial in reducing stress. Since you may not always have the opportunity to see nature because you live and work in a highly urban setting, you can bring the greens to you.
It’s so mentally rewarding to see those tiny buds coming out as you tend to the plants. And if you choose the right plants, you won’t fail to notice how much difference they make to your space.
So look around and think of those plants and flowers you particularly like that make you go “aww.”
Well, you may be worried about plant placement. Areas with an ample supply of natural light are the best spots to place your plants (they’re natural, so, of course, they require sunlight to survive). Snake plants or ZZ, which are low-light loving, are excellent choices if your indoor space doesn’t get as much natural light as you’d want all year round.
Pro tip: Never go for those drab-looking plants you’d especially find in malls and offices. Go for something that oozes class and excitement while bringing an aura of calm.
4. Take your devices out of sight
Out of sight, out of mind.
You know the saying. It’s simple. You can forget all about a thing when it’s out of your view. But as long as it’s within range, all it entails fills your mind and weighs it down.
That’s exactly what happens with your digital devices. One way to promote a sense of relaxation and peace in your home is to keep your laptop and phone out of sight once in a while. You see, social media and those pending tasks you have to complete on your device continuously raise your blood pressure. But even when you know that, you still can’t help but check in Twitter as long as your phone or laptop is at your fingertip.
If your home is large enough, lock up those devices away from your relaxation spot. Be with your family without the risk of seeing your laptop and remembering all the tasks you’re yet to do.
If you don’t have so much space, you can lock up the devices in a drawer and turn on do-not-disturb mode at night.
To avoid missing emergencies, you can always adjust some settings to allow specific calls to go through or receive notifications when the same person calls twice within 15 minutes.
Forgetting all about your phone for a while might just be what you need to clear your mind.
5. Incorporate your favorite scenes into the home
It’s simple. Think of that one place that appeals to you with an air of peace and calm. Is it nature? Is it out in the ocean, or is it on a beach? Look for those elements typical of that place and bring them to your space.
If it’s the sea, you could bring in wall photographs of the rising waves, dolphins, and other aquatic creatures. You can take things further by selecting your painting and color pallet based on such scenes as well.
6. Smell matters
Make your home smell great. Nothing can be simpler yet so relevant. Pleasant aromas can help calm the mind and soothe aching nerves. Try soy candles and see what works for you. You’ll never fail to find one that matches the kind of mood you want to create in your space.
7. Add something picturesque
The first point alluded to this, but it deserves a portion of its own. It might be a piece of wall art or photographs to enliven a bare wall. It could also be different forms of accent lighting, cushions, candles, vases, or beautiful wall clocks. An eye-catching yet mind-calming item in your space will go a long way in creating that homely feel that soothes the soul.
Your home is your heaven on earth as much as it’s your haven. It ought to be the first place where you feel utterly safe, comfortable, and peaceful. Applying some of the suggestions above would help you achieve that without breaking the bank.