Most of us are exposed to a certain amount of stress every day, and trying to figure out how to fight it can sometimes cause even more stress. The best place to start is with your interior, as your surroundings can greatly influence your mood. With that in mind, here are a few simple décor changes you can make that should help you clear your mind and feel less stressed out.
Surround yourself with things that make you happy
Not just metaphorically, but literally ‒ give your home a personal touch. If the only things you have in your study room are a desk, a chair, and a computer, it’s not hard to see how such a room can make you feel anxious. If you like to read, you can buy or build a nice bookcase for your favorite books. Add some family photographs as well, or your kids’ drawings. In other words, decorate your home in such a way that the first thing you see when you enter any room is something that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed.
Breathe life into it
Research has shown that flowers and other plants have a positive effect on people. Thus, try to introduce colorful flowers into your home. Potted plants are also great focal points, and they can break the monotony of neutral-colored areas. Plus, they purify the air in your home, which is especially useful during the allergy season. However, if you can’t have too many plants in your home for one reason or another, you can always find an air purifier for allergies and keep the air inside fresh and free of allergens.
Think about the colors
The colors in your home can have a great effect on your mood, so choose them depending on the rooms and their functions. For example, you can paint the bedroom or living room in calming colors such as blue, green or gray. Bright colors tend to energize, so they are the best choice for the rooms in which you prefer to stay relaxed. You can also create a focal point of your favorite colorful vases, figurines, or pottery, which will surely draw everybody’s attention and make you feel better every time you look at it.
Let more light in
Proper lighting is important not only for your vision but for your mood as well. Let in as much natural light as you can to make the rooms less gloomy and more spacious. Additionally, use soft LED lighting bulbs instead of the regular ones, and install a dimmer switch, since it’s not exactly easy to unwind in a room with strong overhead lighting. You can also add a couple of accent lamps and some candles to create a more soothing atmosphere.
Get rid of clutter
Not only is clutter distracting, but it also symbolizes chaos and disorder. To fight the clutter-induced anxiety, start from the entrance to your home and thoroughly clean one room at a time. Put away everything you’re not going to use anytime soon, take out the trash, get rid of the clothes that you don’t plan on wearing anymore, clean your desk, sort out your papers, etc. Replace the clutter with more heartwarming decorations such as leafy branches, plants, or photos of your favorite family vacation trips. What is more, in order to stay more organized every day, you can rely on a wall planner to keep your daily chores organized. Be diligent and your home we stay stress and clutter-free!
Warm it up
While soft blues are definitely the most “peaceful” colors, another great color you should try is gray with a hint of red in it. It isn’t as cool as blue, and it doesn’t feel as sterile as the usual grays. You can also add some pale aqua to the mix, and create a warmer but still calming atmosphere. Besides the colors, introduce some throw blankets and pillows for the extra comfort, and a few paintings to make your home feel less dull and empty. Soft fabrics also keep the sound from echoing, so consider introducing a couple of soft shaggy rugs into the mix as well.
By changing your environment, you can change the way you feel in it. Therefore, do your best to make your home calming, comfortable, and clean, and you won’t have any problems staying sane and relaxed.