10 Tips to a Calmer Home
Create the tranquil space your soul craves
For most people, home is the place where a day starts and ends. Instead of the home being a place of clutter and chaos, how can you truly make it an oasis? The key in essence is to create a sense of calm, which can be achieved in different ways. Here are our top 10 tips.
1. Create Cozy Areas
Create a relaxation area in your home specifically dedicated as a place to recharge.
2. Find a Relaxation Focal Point
Even if you don’t have a fireplace for everyone to gather around, you can still rearrange your space to create a focal point that can serve as the hub of relaxation activity. This could be done as simply as creating a cozy room, or an attractive communal table.
3. Infuse Scents
In nature each season brings a fresh fragrance and scent. Fragrance can also help provide a sense of calm. Consider infusing calming scents into your home such as lavender, mint, juniper and sage.
4. Incorporate Nature
Natural elements such as wood can help warm a space.
5. Provide Comfort
When in doubt, add a cozy throw or plush pillows.
6. Use Greenery
Succulents, trees and plants can help improve overall indoor air quality.
7. Integrate a Neutral Color Palette
Adding earth tones goes a long way to add warmth and coziness to a space. Consider warm, shades of brown, green, yellow and red.
8. Open the Windows
Natural light not only impacts moods, it helps enhance lives.
9. Add Candles
Nothing signals calm and relaxation more than candles.
Electronics usage is not only distracting, but a counterbalance to relaxation. Carve out a section of your day for device-free “me” moments.
Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at www.cathyhobbs.com.
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