As many of us spend hours each day at home, and more so if you are working from home, it’s important that you have a calming living space to relax in. Having a home that is cluttered, dark, and disorganised, can have an impact on your lifestyle and your mental health and well-being. Mindful decor has become more crucial than ever before, so that we can all relax, de-stress, and unwind after a long day. There are many ways that homes can be more welcoming and relaxing with just a few simple home improvements.
Use soft and light colour palettes
Colour influences how we perceive the area around us. With vast research, colour psychology shows that colours like red, yellow, and orange, have stimulating effects. In contrast, colours like green, blue, and purple, are seen as more soothing and calming. Therefore, the colours that you choose to include in your home will have a significant impact on the atmosphere of the room.
For example, blue is a popular colour that is often used in bathrooms and bedrooms to help create a sense of relaxation, calmness, and peacefulness. Using softer colours such as light grey in the bedroom can also help create a relaxing sleep environment for you to unwind in. Dusky Pink, Rose Gold, and Navy Blue are just some of the best complimentary colours for grey bedrooms that you can use in your home.
Brighten up your space with lighting fixtures & natural lighting
Natural light is one of the core pillars to mental well-being since, apart from maintaining your body’s sleep-wake cycle, it also helps us focus, be more productive and makes us happier. Light also interacts with the colours in your home, and that can affect how we respond to them. You can strip away heavy curtains and have your seats facing the window to maximize your exposure to natural light. If you don’t have much access to natural light, you can also use different types of lighting throughout the house such as candlelight, table lamps, and ceiling lights to help brighten up your home.
As much as sunlight is essential, the need for darkness cannot be understated. Invest in a good pair of dimmable switches and blackout blinds, as they are useful when you need to sleep. Switching off lights in your home when they are not in use are also some easy ways that you can go green at home and live a more eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle.
Incorporate biophilic designs into your home
Biophilia theory suggests that humans have an innate and genetic affinity with the natural world. Using wood, stone, and plants in your home can help you feel more connected to nature and can help create a peaceful living space. Plants help to improve the air quality within the environment, which in turn helps boost our mental health. If you can’t get outside and enjoy some green space, then mimicking it in your home can help improve your mood and reduce your stress levels. You can also use organic material like wood for the floor and furniture to help you feel grounded in your environment.
Declutter & organise your living space
One of the big home factors that can impact your mental health is how tidy your home is. If you have rubbish lying about, clutter on the floor, and disorganised storage space, then you might feel a bit disorganised yourself. Minimalist decor and organising your space properly can help declutter both your home and your brain. A tidy home can give you the ability to focus more and it will also make your living space more enjoyable to spend time in. Start small when tidying up your space, one drawer or room at a time, and go forward from there. Clearing out any old or unwanted items can also help you to feel more productive and better in the long run.