Your home is and always should be your sanctuary. It’s a place where you should naturally feel at ease, but with constant stress being placed upon the average person from work and other issues, unfortunately the home can become a reminder of these stresses, and begin to add to our anxieties.
In an attempt to rid our houses of these worries we naturally want to bring in some form of change, yet for some people this idea only brings forth worries about cost, so we’ve devised 8 simple ways that you can begin feeling relaxed and at ease in your home on a budget:
1) Have a plan
To make a start you firstly need to realise that every room in your house is important, and neglecting one room plays on your emotions at home - afterall, out of sight is not always out of mind. It is important to decide upon what qualities you wish to bring into your home - do you want a boho haven or a modern zen space? Anything that you want is available to you and you should take the plunge and decorate to what appeals to your creativity.
2) Create focal points
As soon as you enter your home there should be a focal point which makes you feel good about yourself. Whether this be a family portrait, an ornament or a plant, make this the first thing that grabs your attention when you walk through your door.
3) Bring in natural elements
Natural lighting plays an important part on your mind frame at home. Simply unblocking windows and allowing daylight to stream into your home is a great start to creating a relaxing environment, after all, even on more gloomy days the natural light is still bright enough to fill dark spaces. Go through your home and open all of the blinds and watch the room light up around you. Open up a couple of windows if you have to. Not only will this make your home feel bigger and more spacious, whilst adding to the natural touch of your house, but it will also mean that you’re spending far less money lighting up your home artificially.
Flowers and natural elements are great at lifting up moods. As humans, we’re attracted by nature from the moment we open our eyes, or smell that first summer breeze. Bringing nature into your home is a great way to connect yourself with the beauty of the earth and will help to calm you in times of stress.
Using different forms of lighting to brighten up specific locations is a great way to give a room a relaxing vibe. Having so much unnatural light in one location can seem daunting, making it difficult to wind down towards the end of the day, and so a healthy mixture of light sources will help to alleviate headaches and take strain of your eyes. Installing light dimmers into your home is an easy way to keep the unnatural light to your personal preference, however, using lamps to light up desired areas is just as good at keeping you relaxed towards the end of the day.
Candles are another way in which you can help to calm yourself. When lit, the lighting is not too harsh and can dance playfully across the room. However, with candles it’s important to stay away from those which have a strong scent as this can lead to painful headaches which we shouldn’t have to point out is the least relaxing thing to succumb to after a hard day's work.
5) Colour Schemes
Room colour is important to how you feel in your own space. Wall colour can affect your mood on an emotional, psychological and physical level, even affecting our temperature and appetite in cases. It is important to learn what certain colours do to you before picking a colour scheme for rooms. When choosing a colour scheme, try to remember what feel you decided for your home earlier; lighter, softer tones tend to create a more relaxing atmosphere, with light blues, greens and greys creating an almost tranquil presence; whereas brighter bolder colours tend to energize a room and may be best suited to play areas and the kitchen, where the desired effect is to motivate.
Clutter only adds to stress, and an overly cluttered area only generates a feeling of chaos for a room. Not only does clutter make it harder for you to find things in your home but it can play on your mind throughout the day making the idea of removing it an unbearable task. Organize what happens in your home daily and create a designated place where you know you can walk to and find what you need.
Removing clutter will also help to give the illusion that there is space in your home. We tend to get anxious in smaller spaces (like when the shopping center is packed full of people during a busy period) making coming home an unappealing task. Nobody wants to come home and bang their shin on a coffee table, it simply doesn’t relate to pleasure for us. Make the decision if you really need that item in that particular space, or in your home at all, and if you don’t, then move it. Not being able to safely maneuver a room leads to anxiety and it’s important to rid that feeling from any space whether this be in your house, your shed or your work.
It is also important that you carefully consider the purpose of each room in your home and try to organise a living structure which works best for these purposes. By allocating activities to certain rooms you’re unconsciously being made to transfer from one space to another with ease and without stress. Keeping electrical and distracting appliances out of the bedroom is a great way to construct a space which is for sleep and regeneration without distraction. Furthermore, having a TV and a computer in the living room is a great way to allow you ease of access to your entertainment for the day.
7) Surround yourself with the good and remove the bad
Surrounding yourself with items which add comfort to your life is also a key factor in ensuring that your home is relaxing and comfortable. Items such as these tend to come in the form of your hobbies and pastime activities. For example a lot of people enjoy reading, watching films and creating art or music. If these are hobbies that interest you then having a space in your home where you can reach these is essential to keep you feeling relaxed. It is then important that you ensure that you can complete this hobby in the most comfortable conditions; adding cushions, throws and blankets is a great way to do this.
Additionally, holding onto the good memories is equally important. If there is something which you look at and it evokes a pleasant memory, place it somewhere where you can see it. Moreover, photo’s of friends, birthday presents and earlums usually hold the most positive memories and it’s essential to place these in the home in a place where they can be seen regularly in an attempt to remind and motivate us during down periods.
Similarly, removing negative memories from your home is an essential part of staying relaxed and comfortable, especially if these are tied to a particularly traumatic past relationship or experience. Now, we’re not saying to throw an ex partner bonfire and burn everything they gave you; it’s important that you can differentiate between the good and the bad in your home. But, that ‘worlds best girlfriend mug’ given to you 3 years ago really doesn’t need to greet you with your morning brew.
8) Get started
The most important part of creating a comfortable home is to take action on change as soon as something begins to bother you. Don’t wait around for these issues to fix themselves, and try not to get riled up on the idea that you’ll have to spend all of your savings on making your home perfect to you, because the reality is that you probably already have the tools to make your home relaxing, you just haven’t realised it yet.