Given that it is where you want to do all your unwinding and relaxing, the home is the one place you need to be peaceful. We all know how glorious it is when you can get home after a long day to a home which encourages your relaxation. On the other hand, when your home is somewhere which stresses you out even more, there is nothing worse. That’s why most of us are always on the lookout for new ways to make the home more peaceful. If you think you have already tried every technique there is to try, you are sorely mistaken. Here are five of the best techniques for making your home somewhere that everyone will be happy to enjoy.
The first step in making your home a haven of peace is also one of the simplest. That’s right: before you do anything else, you must first make the place as clean as possible. We are talking here, first and foremost, of getting rid of the clutter in the home. At this point, you need not worry too much about how dusty the place is. For now, it is sufficient just to make a bit more space in the living areas.
A good rule of thumb to follow when you are de-cluttering your home is to ask yourself, for everything that you come across, whether you really need it. Some people like following the six month rule. In other words, if you have not used something in six months, get rid of it. You could always change the rule if you feel that it a little harsh for your own situation. A one year rule, for example, might work even better. The main thing is that you successfully get rid of a good proportion of your old unwanted belongings. The moment you have achieved this, you will already notice a significant difference to how the home feels.
Getting rid of clutter might be one of the least exciting aspects of the whole process – but it is quite possibly the most necessary. Once you have done that, you can then give your home a quick spring clean. Science has shown that even the act of cleaning can make you feel more peaceful, so this works on more than one level.
Once you have a spic-and-span house, it is time to think about the lighting situation. Most people don’t tend to put that much thought into their lighting. However, this is a real shame, as it is a very important aspect of keeping the home at the right level. So how do you go about achieving the correct lighting?
There are no hard-and-fast rules with anything in the design of your home – and nowhere is that truer than with the lighting. However, there are some basic tenets which most people could benefit from following. These are methods which tend to work in most homes. Although, do bear in mind that no two homes are the same. What works for one may well be disastrous for another. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best lighting trends for creating a more peaceful home.
The first and most obvious thing to bear in mind regarding lighting is that you should keep it level. What this means is that both the intensity and the frequency of the lights should be fairly medium. With that in mind, do not use overly-powerful bulbs, and only dot a couple of lamps around here and there. You are looking to have some choice when it comes to lighting, but not to overdo it. In terms of maintaining a harmonious atmosphere, you might find it beneficial to have more lamps than main lights. These are much less harsh on the eyes, and more pleasant as a result. It might also be worth investing in something like a Himalayan salt lamp. These can work towards enhancing the quality of the air inside your home.
But the lighting of your home is not all you need to focus on. Let’s take a look, now, at the color scheme.
What colors you have throughout your home is a really important part of keeping everything peaceful. Despite what you might think, neutrality is not necessarily what you want to go for here. That is fine for when you are hoping to sell the property, sure. But when you just want to make things a little more peaceful, it is best to go for some specifically calming colors.
Blues and greens are, more often than not, your best choice for instilling a sense of calmness into the home. You don’t want to overdo it, however, or you will feel inundated with these colors. And that will not contribute to any feelings of calm you might be hoping to cultivate! Instead, go for subtlety, as with the lighting. The occasional bold patch or stripe of your chosen calming color should more than suffice to achieve the desired effect.
Mess Is Okay!
Here is a real secret to making your home a haven of peace: allow a little mess. This might sound odd – it certainly does seem counter-intuitive. However, it really works. The idea here is that, if you allow for a little mess, that means you have to make space for that mess. And that, in turn, means more room to move around in at home. There is also the added advantage of having an increased feeling of freedom. Any household needs certain rules in place, sure, but too many and it makes for a considerable level of disharmony. Instead, consider relaxing things a little. You will soon notice that the atmosphere at home significantly improves.
Bring The Outdoors In
Last but not least, a quick note to say that one of the quickest ways for making the home peaceful is to include nature. If you bring the outdoors in, even to just a little degree, it can make the world of difference to your home. All that is required is a plant or two dotted around the house. There are proven benefits to doing this, and you will no doubt notice those benefits in no time.