A home is much more than bricks and mortar. It’s a place we go to when we want to relax at the end of a long day. It’s a safe harbour where we start our days and finish them off to. It should be a place of shelter and safety. And for all of those living there, for the family, it’s the place we bond together for some quality time. Our homes reflect our lives – our past, our present and our future.
Houses have to have their own personality. A proper home will have a lot of unique detail, and be oozing with character and charm. Houses take on little pieces of us. And they easily become cluttered, confused and a bit chaotic because of our everyday lives. We bring all of our stress, tension and pressure into our homes too. Whether the internal pressure is the kids playing noisy games, bringing work stress home or a stressor like a pest infestation. Empire Pest Control tell us that household pests are one of the top 10 stressful life situations that London residents face.
Transforming your home into a warm, inviting and stress-free zone is a lot more than just organising and getting some better cleaning habits. But changing things up can have a knock on effect to make a better home, and lead us to having a more wholesome home life.
Think about your colour scheme and textures
Some individual elements around your home may not quite fit in with the overall scheme. It might take a fine designer eye to notice these things, but our subconscious will instantly latch onto something that doesn’t quite match. This makes stress worse. If you notice you become particularly irritable in one certain are or room for no apparent reason, it might be something really minor that’s irking you.
Having soothing colours and textures that go together in harmony is best. Be mindful of what you are choosing to decorate your home, even if it’s pictures and furniture.
Bring some nature inside.
Landscapes, seascapes or skyscape paintings, along with potted plants and flowers are all representative of nature. Haven’t this element in your home will really appeal to your senses.
In fact, having nature around us in the home has been shown to lower our blood pressure. We respond instinctively to their presence, so having a bit of nature in your home is an amazing healing element that can have some serious far-reaching benefits.
Light it up.
Having the proper light and ventilation in a home will boost your overall positivity. If you have windows and doors aplenty, consider just having light curtains and drapes to take advantage of the light. Soft lighting such as table lamps can also be used in darker rooms to bring the effect of natural light.
Keep it open and inviting.
The spaces in your home where you regularly entertain guests, such as the lounge or the dining room, have to convey an open and inviting vibe. Make sure all of your furniture is comfortable and size appropriate. Creating that welcoming ambience helps to rid your space of negativity.
Create a happy space.
If you enjoy particular hobbies, why not set up a separate space for them where you can spend time and reflect. For example, if you love to read, planting a comfortable chair with tonnes of comfy pillows and a great reading lamp would be the perfect happy space. Use this room as often as you want to de-stress at the end of a day and also encourage others to use it too.
Discourage technology in the bedroom.
Televisions and smartphones interfere with our sleep pattern, and keep your from having a restful sleep. Avoid using the phone before bed. Use your technology of course, it makes our lives easier, but it’s easy to overindulge in it.
Try living a simpler life.
It’s really important to focus on yourself as well as your home. Living a modest, simpler life can help you be a lot more stress free. Have a go at decluttering and give away anything you don’t use anymore. Make purchases more consciously, and only buy things that are absolutely necessary and useful to your daily life.
Designing and decorating a home can be stressful, but you can ease that stress if you design it the right way. It doesn’t mean you have to do a dramatic clean out or spend a lot of money on useless items. You want your home to reflect how you’re living your life.