Transform your home into a balanced and peaceful sanctuary
In these uncertain times, while most of us spend all our time at home, sharing a space for so long - even with our loved ones - can be challenging at times. At this time our space has a huge impact on how we feel, our ability to work, the way we support others and how we cope with the situation.
Chances are you are nesting at the moment, whether you are pregnant or not. We all share the need to turn our living space into a place of comfort and belonging, with physical and emotional stability.
“Home” looks different for everyone, but the desire for a clean and orderly place to put down our roots is universal. We all share a natural instinct that guides us through creating a comfortable space that counteracts the chaos of the outside world.
For me, nesting is a meditative act which helps me organize my thoughts and feelings as well as my belongings. What I find wonderful in these challenging times is the fact that we are all going back to our roots, going back home - which is the most important source of energy to receive everything we desire back from life.
This is an amazing opportunity to reconnect ourselves to our home - a place that now, and always, gives us so much - but now we have the chance to see it vividly. This is also a great opportunity to discover all kinds of serene corners in our home, get rid and donate items we don’t have the use for anymore.
So how can we create a calming ambiance that can become our sanctuary these days? Here are a few ideas on how to bring more tranquillity into our home and to our mind.
A styled, organised space allows the energy to flow naturally. The Strøm collection featured by FabHub
ORGANIZE CLUTTER AND CHAOS
A disorganized space creates a visual tension that can lead to physical stress, difficulty in concentrating and grumpiness. So for a calming, stress free ambiance it is important to create a well-designed space filled with items we love.
Cluttered rooms will have the opposite effect on our mood and mental health. Start by clearing the clutter that creates a sense of chaos in your home, keep only items that give you joy and invest time in organizing your items so that everything has a place.
When a space is organized and styled, there is room for energy to flow naturally in a space.
Add a range of natural materials and textures to your space. Photo Credit: Leroy Merlin
FOCUS ON LAYERS AND TEXTURE
For a serene space, focus on adding a range of natural materials and textures such as wood, terracotta, natural pottery, stone, rattan, small touches of concrete and natural fabrics like linen, cotton or plant base wool. You want your space to include a mixture of different fabrics with different levels of softness.
Use soft accessories such as throw pillows, rugs, throw blankets and curtains that pool on the floor to layer on cosy textiles such as cable knits, macramé and dry pampas, giving your decor a relaxing look and feel.
If you are into DIY, you can start by painting a wall. Photo Credit: Tono + Co
START WITH A NEUTRAL COLOR PALETTE
Unsurprisingly the color palette in our home can act as an immediate mood lifter. Consider a serene color palette of neutral monochromatic, muted tones with a more calming, pleasing and relaxing effect. If you are into DIY, you can start by painting a room, a wall or even an old furniture.
Neutral spaces promote the calmest, sanctuary-like vibes – texture and pieces made from natural materials can help create the same amount of tranquillity and ground the overall theme of the room. Try decorating with white or light toned neutrals such as off-white, beige, light grey, light terracotta or sage green.
Having said that, a space doesn’t have to be colorless to be calming. Designing a serene home doesn’t mean you have to give up your favourite bright, saturated colors as they can play a big role in the overall mood and in our experience of our space.
Choosing the right color palette is personal, so spend time getting to know how color (or a lack of color) affects you. Choose your home’s colors to create a tranquil feeling that suits you.
A house with plants has cleaner, fresher air and positive health benefits. Photo credit: Coco Kelley - Proper Hotel Santa Monica
THE POWER OF PLANT
Nature is known to have a calming effect on mood - and at the moment, as we spend most of our lives indoors, creating a green environment inside can totally change our experience.
Having something green and fresh in your home is always a good idea: not only that caring for plants can be a stress-relieving pastime, the sight of plants can be soothing. A house with plants has cleaner, fresher air, which has positive health benefits.
In rooms where houseplants can’t flourish, try bringing cut greenery instead or easy- care plants that thrive even with minimum sunlight, but can still spread the energy in your entire home, bringing the peaceful benefits of nature.
RELAX IN YOUR BEDROOM
Your bedroom is probably your top choice to unwind and relax and you should try to ensure it is a space which allows you to recharge.
Even if you work from home and use your bedroom as an office during the day, make sure you improve your sleep quality by making your bedroom a sanctuary.
Any home style is a candidate for a serene décor, a relaxing atmosphere is fairly easy to achieve. Try to make sure you have a way to maintain it and make your home a peaceful sanctuary to enjoy every single day.