Life can be pretty stressful at times. Between work, family, maintaining a social life, taking care of a home, trying to squeeze in times for hobbies, and about a million other things, sometimes it can all just become too overwhelming. So wouldn’t it be nice if your home offered a bit of an escape from life’s everyday stressors? We think so too. Read on to learn easy steps to take to make your home more relaxing.
1. Banish clutter
If you look around your home, the biggest source of stress is most likely coming from any clutter or tidying up that needs to be done. Tired of looking at piles of junk mail, magazines, electrical cords and dusty tchotchkes? Then it’s time to spend a day (or two or three) going through everything, throwing out junk and setting up new organizational systems to keep your home neat and tidy from now on. Once you’ve completed an overhaul on your home, these systems will help to keep clutter out of your home for good! It’s also good practice to get into the habit of doing a little bit of tidying up on a daily and weekly basis to avoid any clutter accumulation that crops up.
2. Add comfy, coziness to every room
One of the best ways to make your home more relaxing is to make it more comfortable. In your living room, add soft throw pillows and blankets and, if you find yourself constantly asking people to stop resting their feet on your coffee table, try a large, overstuffed ottoman in its place. Not only are these soft and welcoming for tired feet, but many of them double for storage. Add a serving tray, and it’ll keep it’s coffee table function as well! Finally, adding a soft, plush area rug will add another layer of comfort while giving you a chance to either add some bold pattern to a room or a neutral, soothing base.
In your kitchen and bathrooms, swap out old towels for ones that are thick and fluffy. Exchange your typical anti-bacterial hand soaps with soaps that have soothing scents like aloe, vanilla or lavender. If you’re looking for an added level of spa-like comfort in your bathroom, try a towel warmer and, if you can fit it, a plush chair. (We recommend a chair covered in indoor/outdoor upholstery to protect it from the moisture.) In the dining room, switch out hard, wooden chairs with upholstered ones, or add soft seat cushions.
3. Rearrange your furniture
This is a biggie. A room that feels stifled with clunky furniture or, conversely, feels too sprawled out and barren is never going to feel calming and relaxing. So, if your home is lacking flow, take these tips into consideration. First, avoid pushing all of your furniture up against walls or into corners. This is a common mistake in living rooms, but it’s very easy to fix. You just can’t be afraid to float your furniture!
Start with your focal point, in this case the TV/entertainment center, then arrange the remaining furniture in order from largest to smallest. You’ll want your couch directly across from the TV so, if you’ve got a long living room, try to avoid placing these two pieces of furniture on the opposite walls that are farthest apart. Other things to keep in mind: try not to block windows with big pieces of furniture, make sure the room has a good “flow” and has clear paths for people to walk through and, if you have a large living room, try to think of your room in terms of “zones.” So, create an entertainment zone where your couch, TV and loveseat or armchairs will go, then create other “zones,” such as one for bookcases and an armchair, one for a desk, or one for a sitting area near a large window. Feeling stuck? Check out this guide for inspiration!
4. Try out a new color scheme
Most people will tell you that soothing, relaxing colors typically consist of tranquil greens, blues and neutral tones. This is true, but when it comes to paint color, it’s always a case of personal preference. So, if you find yourself feeling more relaxed with bright, vibrant hues like buttery yellows, bold reds or deep greens, then that’s fine! Your sanctuary doesn’t have to consist of earthen tones, although it’s definitely not a bad idea to settle on an overarching color palette for your home for some consistency. If you’re looking for color schemes, we highly recommend checking out some color choosing apps or taking a trip to your hardware store to take a look at the color palette chips they’ll have there too.
5. Cultivate good vibes
If there’s anything in your home that either has bad memories associated with it or has just been the eyesore of your home for too long, then make plans to get rid of it and replace it! Tired of your uncomfortable couch? Replace it. Tired of the gargantuan coffee table that everyone stubs their table on? Replace it. And if there are there are certain items in your home that make you happy, like family photos or paintings, then invest in more of those! When your house represents your tastes, likes and loves, it’ll always feel more like home.