Your home is your retreat, where you come to seek sanctuary from the hasty and sometimes cruel world outside. Inside, you should be able to rest, relax and distract your mind from stressful thoughts. However, not every home has such an appeal instantly, and if you want to inject your home with this paradise-like atmosphere, you will need to make some clever interior design moves and freshen up the space a bit. Ready to take your chances with some DIY redecorating? Don’t worry, we’ll give you a helping hand in the form of some really neat tips.
Get rid of the clutter
A large messy collection of stuff scattered all around your home can become a true nightmare if you don’t get rid of it soon. The ill effects of disarray and disorganization are many, but what should worry you the most is that it contributes to chronic stress, and stress is the last thing you should feel when in the secure embrace of your home. Take a good look around your house and get rid of the stuff you can live without. It will instantly look cleaner and more organized.
Set the (neutral) tone
Neutral colors are generally soothing to the eye and thus to the mind too. Besides, they provide a perfect backdrop for all the other interior design experiments and styles. It is because neutral shades, such as white, beige, sand, nude and gray provide you with the freedom to use a variety of different tones and they match well with different décor approaches, ranging from Scandinavian to Mediterranean.
Introduce natural materials
People have always aspired to bring the outdoors in, and it is no wonder since natural materials evoke a sense of serenity that nothing can compete with. The organic approach to design will prevent your accommodation from seeming overly formal and make it cozier and warmer. The most logical material to start with is wood, and you can do it in various ways, such as furniture, hardwood floors, beamed ceiling or reclaimed wood wall. You can also go with stone, clay, bricks, or some other organic-looking material.
Clear the air
There is nothing worse than spending time in a closed space where the air is stifling. The number of indoor pollutants ranging from the ones we create (e.g. smoking) to the ones that are present without our knowledge (e.g. dust mites) is overwhelming, and in order to be able to really take a deep breath in your paradise-like home, you should do your best to purify the air. You can do that by introducing house plants which will produce more oxygen (and look great too) and by acquiring hepa air purifier for dust, and keeping it in the rooms which are highly exposed to this pollutant.
Embrace the natural light
Natural light has a huge impact on one’s well-being, while a dark room with no access to sunlight can make you feel moody and depressed. So, what can you do? One approach is to get rid of the curtains altogether and leave the windows bare. You can also go with sheer curtains. If you find the bright sunlight too distracting, you can hang white rice paper or tracing paper over the windows, to make the light less overwhelming, while still letting it in.
Take it outdoors
Do you have a large backyard? Or a small terrace? Regardless of the scale of the approach, you have to outdoor space, you can use it to your advantage and create a soothing oasis. The very organization of your outdoor space will depend on various factors, but some things you ought to include are greenery, flowers, a water feature (e.g. a small fountain, DIY pond, pool), a gathering area (a whole set of outdoor furniture or a chair and a table for you alone), etc. If you have enough space, you can even introduce a pergola, gazebo or another type of shade.
After these interventions, your home will look and feel as if you’ve stepped into another world, designed solely to make you feel happier and more relaxed, which is, after all, the main function of the place we call home.
DISCLAIMER: This article expresses my own ideas and opinions. Any information I have shared are from sources that I believe to be reliable and accurate. I did not receive any financial compensation in writing this post, nor do I own any shares in any company I’ve mentioned. I encourage any reader to do their own diligent research first before making any investment decisions.
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