Whether your home is brand new to you or you’ve lived in it for years, you know the feeling of being overwhelmed and stressed by the place you should feel most relaxed. And so much of that can be changed by some simple changes in color, shape, organization and light – if you’re ready to take the plunge. What to hear our favorite tips that turn your home from chaos to peace almost instantly? We at Unique Home Building would love to do just that. Because it’s time to create the relaxing, soothing living space you desire, wherever in the world you might be.
Let the be (smart) light.
A home that’s too dark can feel depressing or tiring. A home that’s too bright can feel anxious and sterile. So first of all, you’ll want to avoid cool and blue tinted or fluorescent lighting as they are less relaxing and can remind you of the light in a hospital, lab, or work environment. Once you’ve replaced your lighting with smarter shades, you can add accent lighting to darker or more simple places with string lights, candles, or even decorative glass bottles and jars with candles inside. And of course, wherever you can, add a dimmer to your electric lights.
Create peace corners.
No matter what your age might be, knowing you have your own place of retreat to unwind and relax in is comforting. Add cushions or pillows, your favorite books and maybe even a small table for tea and a notebook. This way, you’ll always have a place to go when you simply need to refuel and regroup. Kids love these corners and moms do too!
Seasonal smell good.
Aromatherapy has been proven to lift the mood, set the mood and also kill germs and boost immune systems. Invest in some quality essential oils for the antibacterial and health benefits, with fragrances like orange, lavender and bergamot. Other simple ways to add enjoyable fragrances are through natural candles; soy candles are great – or even with naturally formed incense sticks and cones. Keep fragrances available in each room and ready to use as needed. This also helps to keep the less desirable smells of the kitchen and bathrooms from taking over your home. Not sure what fragrances to use? Go with the seasons. Lavender or gardenia for summer smells and cinnamon or fir for winter.
Compile collection corners.
Gather up the pieces in your home that mean the most to you and put them in different places around your house. Things like small pieces of art, nick-nacks, heirlooms, and plants and then place them where you can enjoy them the most — on a sideboard, windowsill, or bedside table, for example. Your display should be specific to you and can feature anything from jewelry to a vase or glass bottle with a single flower to a stack of beautiful boxes topped with a smooth stone. Don’t be afraid to mix and match here! Let your heart show you what to use!
Always add plants.
Have at least one living plant in each room. Succulents and air plants are perfect for small places and bathrooms as they give a subtle yet still vibrant feeling of life. Larger plants are best reserved for the living room, bedrooms and office.
Your home needs to feel like a place where you can relax, get inspired and retreat. So don’t settle for living in a space that doesn’t feel like a sanctuary. Try these tips out and see if they give you the lift you were needing. If that’s not quite cutting it, you might be ready for the bigger step of remodeling. And that’s where we come in. Call us at Unique Home Building today to see if we’re the contractors for you.