Picture the scene: it’s Friday night. You are dead tired after a week from hell. All you want
is to go home, enjoy a glass of wine, listen to soothing music and soak for hours. However,
this daydream becomes much less attractive when your home is a constant mess. Many don’t know how to achieve that zen atmosphere that can transform a regular day into a calming, meditative experience.
If you are one of them, read on for our simple guide crammed with ideas that work.
The minimalist movement has been gaining followers at a rapid rate. It seems like people
are finally starting to see that buying and owning stuff doesn’t actually make them happy.
In fact, quite the opposite could be true. Just think about how you feel when you walk in
the door and your home is messy and cluttered. Tense? Stressed out? Tidy, uncluttered
spaces are beneficial for your state of mind. They provide a frame for your thoughts,
without feeling oppressive. Clutter can negatively influence your mind and exacerbate
feelings of anxiety and depression. In a way, keeping your home spotless and clutter-free
is as much mental hygiene as it is physical. For most people, the bathroom, as a very
intimate space, feels like a personal sanctuary. Gorgeous bathtubs, stylish mirrors and lots
of storage space are enough and they don’t need to be overwhelmed with a million details.
Choice of Colours Matters
It’s no secret that colours affect our mood significantly. The wrong colour scheme can
completely ruin the calming look you might be aiming for. It’s important to work on shaping
your mood by painting each room a colour that will support its function. When it comes to
bathrooms and bedrooms in particular, you should be aiming for a simple, relaxing colour.
Depending on your personal preference, you could aim for the traditional white or off-
white. Warm pastel shades like beige or peach are also quite popular. And, of course,
nothing evokes calm like the colors of water: shades of blue and green. If you want to
experiment with bolder colours, the kitchen is the right place to do it.
Enrich with details
As we’ve mentioned, your home should be a clutter-free zone. Plenty of storage space is
imperative in achieving this goal. However, once you’ve put all the necessities out of sight,
you can work to make the space more beautiful by choosing to display just a few
handpicked details. The objects that are visible need to serve the purpose of beauty, or
even have some personal meaning. For some people, that’s the gorgeous family heirloom
mirror. For others, scented candles and a tiny Japanese zen garden. Those who practice
yoga and mindfulness might want to display a statue of Buddha. Whatever you choose,
make sure it’s something that’s beautiful to you, something that helps you find balance and
Bring nature inside
There’s nothing quite as soothing and beneficial to our physical and mental wellbeing as
nature. While you can’t exactly go out, live in the forest and bathe in a stream, you can
endeavor to bring at least a little bit of that nature inside. First of all, provide as much
natural light as you can – it will make all the difference. Natural light is much better for the
mood than artificial. Plants can also transform the space, giving it a touch of relaxing, lush
green. Plus, they clean the air and protect our respiratory system from pollutants. If you
can, embrace natural materials as well, such as terracotta, bamboo, wood and stone.
The world is a pretty stressful place. However, it’s up to us to work on diffusing the stress
we face instead of compounding it. Your home should be a place where you feel safe,
relaxed and comfortable. Create a place where you can feel happy and relaxed, and
chances are, those feelings will come.
Chloe is an art historian and recreational ballet dancer. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. She also enjoys learning and writing about home design, since she is crazy about aesthetics. She is a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator