Sense & Semblance
5 Ways to Zen Out Your Home
Do you know that by introducing the philosophy of mindfulness into your interior can actually help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety? Also, nothing beats walking into your home after a long day and feeling a sense of inner peace. We have singled out our top 5 tips that will help you transform any space into a calming oasis.
1. Soften your lighting.
The first thing that you should consider is the lighting as it plays a huge role in setting the mood of the space. Bright direct light has a stimulating and energizing effect while dim indirect light gives off a calming effect. To set a cozy and comforting mood, opt for table and floor lamps that are warm and atmospheric.
One of the easiest ways is to simply switch out your cool lightbulbs for warm ones. Make sure to go for energy-saving LED ones to save yourself some money! If you have the budget, you can consider colour-changing LED that are programmable to change to warm orange light in the evenings and blue light in the day.
2. Keep surfaces clear and tidy.
Being mindful isn’t just about aesthetics. De-cluttering a messy surface not only looks amazing, it makes you feel amazing too! This is especially important in open concept layouts where clutter tend to be more visible in sight.
Everything in a household should have its fixed place to which it can be returned to after use to ensure the space is kept neat and tidy. One tip would be to place frequently used items within easy reach for convenience. But most importantly, do make an effort to clear and tidy your desks, tables, and kitchen countertops on a regular basis so you can start everyday fresh and with a clearer mind.
3. Incorporate neutral colours and patterns.
The safest way to create a calming ambience is to opt for a warm neutral palette - think earthy tones like beige and tan, accented with green. Clean white walls open up a space and make it feel airy, while soft, nature-toned pieces are soothing and easy on the eyes. These colours help promote a sense of inner peace and create a serene effect while giving you that almost-instant pulled-together look.
Besides using naturally occurring elements like woods and greenery, incorporate patterns that can occur in nature like circular patterns and curves. Together, they create a space that looks as good as it feels!
4. Scent your space.
Small additions like diffusers and scented candles can make a huge difference to your home. Not only do they improve the overall mood, the right combination of fragrance notes can boost your focus and spark inspiration as well.
Infuse calming scents like lavender and sage to make your space feel serene and relaxing, creating the perfect environment to chill out and unwind in.
5. Breathe life into your home with plants.
Houseplants are the home décor staple that will never go out of style. With clean, minimalist interiors, it’s even more important to introduce a little bit of life into the space. Indoor plants are gaining popularity not just for its aesthetic appeal but also for their air purifying abilities. And even if you have the blackest of thumbs, there are other hardy species like monstera and devil’s ivy that can thrive on their own.
Think of caring for your plants as a daily exercise in mindfulness that can help add routine and structure to your day!
With these simple touches, you can swap stress for serenity and make your home a happy and comforting place to be!