For many people, their home is their happy place, a haven. When life gets hard, it’s the place to come back to, that allows you to relax.
If your home starts to feel like it’s grating on you, bothering you and not letting you relax, it might be worth looking into.
Whether it is because of the home itself, your own habits, or just a vital part of the formula to tranquility, we have got some tips for you on how to achieve a peaceful home.
1. Color Palette
It’s never too late to change some things up on the interior of the home. Although most of us won’t be able to redecorate whenever the feeling hits, we can certainly repaint the walls.
The walls are the part of the room that really gives it it’s vibe, lending a hand to however you are going to feel in that space. Choosing a color palette that works throughout the home is a great way to feel a flow as you move throughout it. This aids in keeping the calm no matter what room you find yourself in.
Regarding the color for the palette, studies have shown that people generally feel calmer surrounded by neutral tones. Your whole house doesn’t need to be painted beige and gray, picking different shades of brown and cream can help to keep the calm. It also helps regarding interior decorating since neutral wall tones will let accent walls or decorations stand out more.
2. Set Apart a Space
Sometimes it isn’t practical for your whole house to be set apart as a personal space for yourself. There is such a thing as a “man-cave” for a reason, and everyone in the home should be able to have a private space to get time for themselves. For children, this is often their own room. For adults that share a space, though, they might need to set something else aside.
This might be a garage that they can create their own workspace in, or even a greenhouse to get some growing in for the day. From inside to outside, it should be set aside as a personal area for you to get the time and space you need to reboot for the day.
Depending on what you need out of this space will change how you set it up. It could be a tool bench or a comfy chair. Either way, before creating the space, evaluate what is calming or needed in your life. What helps you relieve stress? Create your personal space out of these things.
3. Create Cozy
Beyond just creating a personal space, your whole home should lend to your comfort and tranquility. Life can be hard sometimes. When you come home, your house has the opportunity to help keep you calm.
There is a growing trend in interior design towards modern design. This often means hard edges, somewhat harsh colors and solid surfaces. This isn’t a formula for comfort and can be confrontational to look at, much less to live in.
Think about the things that make you feel comfortable. Decorate with furniture meant to be sat in for long amounts of time. Keep pillows and throws to stay at ease and to soften edges.
4. Lose the “Extra”
There are enough things that clutter the “shelves” of our brain that it can end up being quite overwhelming without us even realizing. We often fill whatever space we live in, from studio apartments to mansions. This is not always a good thing.
Clearing the clutter from your house can aid in the feeling that your life is less cluttered. From packed closets to desks jammed full of paper or scattered display shelves, a clean space will help develop a clearer mind.
How does this work? Our brains have a strong sense of loss aversion. The more things that we have, and the greater sense of emotional attachment we have to them, fill our minds of the stress of increased loss aversion. Therefore, the less material things that we are deeply emotionally attached to, the less stressed we will theoretically be as we are in our homes.
Whatever decluttering method you use to try and create a clearer space, for instance, feng shui or minimalism, clearing out spaces that can be left clean and clear may be a key factor for you to achieve tranquility in your home.
5. Get Some Green
There are many benefits of houseplants that have been touted by scientists. From qualities that allow them to be effective at cleaning the air to seemingly being able to bring light and life to a space, their benefits range a wide variety.
You may not believe that live plants will match up perfectly with the ambiance of your home. This simply doesn’t hold true. There is such a wide range of plants in different colors, shades and shapes. They can be effectively designed and will lend a more airy sense to any space.
Plants don’t just need to be houseplants to be effective. Many people get a lot out of their home gardens, finding themselves outside more than inside. For some yard work is cathartic, using the leaf blower to effectively create a clean space, or planting a line of flowering perennials that will give back joy year after year. If this is your case, create a space outside that you can find some light in.
6. Scent is Important
It has been found that scent is one of the most powerful memory inducers, that it has a large effect on our overall psyche and that it can be used to effect a new mood. There are key scents that are calming for most people, like lavender or chamomile.
All of us have scents that we associate with something powerful. Isolate those that may be triggers for negative things and make sure that they can’t be found at your home. Invest in candles that are scented with memories that are calming and bring back happy places.
Once your home becomes a place of tranquility and calm, you can then use the scent that you associate with your home in other areas of your life as well. Get a small candle or scent-infused lotion to keep at your desk. As things get hectic during the day, use these to think of the home you are going back to.
7. Find Your Beat
Taking in some tunes while you are doing some housework can help you to reach a mood or feeling that you might not have been able to in yourself. Find a general playlist that can be played on low throughout your house, or the area of it that you are in.
Music has a powerful effect on people’s attitude, so when you are having a hard day, let yourself sink into your own tunes. This might not work for everyone, though, if you are surrounded by noise during the day. Keep in mind that your beat might be no beat and you have the need for some peace and quiet.
8. Plug Into Reality
Keeping your mind in the here and now can help keep it from spinning out of control. Social media and the constant visual feedback that we get from a screen can negatively affect our emotions as well as our sleep patterns.
When it comes to your screen time, try to isolate it in your home and regulate it. This can help to reduce struggles with insomnia and regulate night time sleeping patterns. Constant updates don’t need to be happening when you are trying to wind yourself down.
If you aren’t able to limit yourself, try to keep it out of sight, then hopefully, out of mind. After a certain time or deadline is met, keep your tech in a different room and shut the door. This will help you to rid yourself of the desire “just to check one more time”.
Nowadays, there are apps and settings installed on your phone to help you regulate your usage. Turn it on sleep mode at a certain time of night. This can mean anything from a very dark screen to certain apps being locked or even your phone going greyscale. This can help you to stay less interested and will act as a reminder to put it down for the night.
9. The Light at the End of the Tunnel
Now that you have taken care of just about every other sense and feeling that you could use to create a tranquil ambiance in your home, think about its lighting. One of our primary senses is vision. What you see is often what you get. If you see harsh, luminescent lightening, what you often get is a harsher attitude.
When looking around at the spaces in the house, think of it in terms of primary lighting and secondary lighting. You need the primary lightning for when there are larger groups of people gathered and for more active activities. Secondary lightning is when those larger lights get switched off and a more personal space is created within the circle of light.
No matter if it’s primary or secondary, the lightning should be considered warm, not too bright or blue to avoid creating the feeling of a hospital room or an interrogation scene!