Modern living can often be busy and filled with pressures and distractions, which is why it’s so important to have an oasis to come home to. Mindfulness has proven to be an important tool to manage the busy nature of daily life and improve our wellbeing, helping us to focus on the present and what is around us. But how do we bring it into the home?
Here are some tips on how to turn your home into a space that can help us relax and improve our sense of wellbeing.
Declutter, declutter, declutter
Scientifically proven to reduce stress, the best way to begin incorporating mindfulness into your home is by decluttering. It’s easy to get distracted by the growing piles of stuff around us, and over time this could lead us to feeling anxious and finding it difficult to unwind, focus or even sleep properly.
Take a lead out of Marie Kondo’s bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and approach the task by tackling specific categories such as clothes and books, and working your way through your belongings methodically. This allows you to eliminate clutter in an easy, organised way.
Establish a sense of harmony
Once you’ve decluttered, you may well find yourself with extra space. You can use this benefit to make sure each room works well for you and your family, as well as arranging furniture in a way that creates a sense of grace and peace.
Begin by identifying the focal point of your room - it might be a fireplace, windows, or even a statement piece of furniture, like a bright sofa or strong table – and then build your space around that. It might also be a good idea to work with a theme, and vary your decor according to size, shape and texture, to create visual interest that still has a cohesive sense of harmony.
And remember, sometimes less is more. Decorating with negative space – that is, a place you’ve intentionally kept blank and empty- can make a strong statement, and also add a restful quality to a home. Keep clutter at bay with practical, storage solutions with the help of double duty furniture such as coffee tables, wall shelves and bedside tables.
Establishing a connection with nature is another great way to integrate mindfulness into your home. Proven to soothe anxieties and boost mental wellness, having greenery and indoor plants around might be just the thing to wellness, bringing the outdoors in can also add beauty and character to your home.
You could add small details such as indoor plants or even an artfully arranged bowl of stones. Another tip is to look for furniture that is made from natural materials such as wood, clay or marble for a more coordinated look to your home.
The colours you pick to decorate your home can have an important on your wellbeing. Natural light is a key player when it comes to brightening spaces, so you may want to pick a shade that complements it.
Earthy neutrals such as beige or taupe inject an airy, tranquil feel to a room and is ideal for smaller spaces and apartments.
Grey is also a great shade that’s suitable for almost every part of the home, specifically the living area, study or bedroom. Grey gives a cosy feel to a room and is in the ideal position of being neither too dark nor too light, making it easy to match with your decor.
If you prefer bold hues you can still infuse them into the overall colour scheme as an accent shade. For example, yellow is an energetic and summer-ready shade, and offers cheerfulness and zest in small doses, whether it’s on furniture or on the walls.
On the other hand, if you like colour but still want to keep the look minimal, consider going pastel. Pastel shades are a perfect option if you want to experiment with calming colours in your home, and a great way to begin including colour into your decor without getting overwhelmed.
Your choice of colours may differ depending what room you’re decorating. For example, a colour with a lot of energy such as green, purple or red might work better in your kitchen or dining room, while soothing tones of blue and grey may work best in a room designed for relaxing, such as your bedroom.
Find out more about the psychology of different colour schemes here.
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