After a stressful day at work, stepping into a peaceful home can help you calm down, relax, and feel ready to cope with everything that tomorrow may bring.
Here are five ways to transform your home into a tranquil sanctuary where you can escape from the fast-paced world.
Decorate With Calming Colors
Soft blue, light green, pastel pink, and lilac are all examples of soothing colors. Create a serene environment in your living room and bedrooms by decorating the walls in calming colors.
If you wish, you can contrast this with energizing colors in other rooms, such as the kitchen, dining room, and bathroom. Red, yellow, and orange are all colors that will give you a burst of energy.
Infuse Your Home With Fragrances
Scented candles, aromatherapy oils in heat lamps, and air fresheners can all help create a tranquil atmosphere in your home.
Soothing fragrances that help reduce stress and anxiety include lavender, sandalwood, chamomile, and ylang ylang.
When using home fragrances, pay particular attention to your living room, bedrooms, and bathrooms.
Create A Cozy Reading Nook
Find a quiet corner of your home where natural light floods in. If possible, choose a place where you have a pleasant view from a window. This could be a view of your backyard or your neighborhood.
Place a comfortable armchair and a bookcase filled with books in this corner. Add a reading lamp, pillows and a warm throw or afghan to create a quiet, cozy reading nook where you can retreat from world.
Take time to read, write in your journal, or sit in silence and reflect or meditate.
Adorn Your Home With Natural Objects
Natural objects, such as shells, pebbles, and pine cones, remind us of happy times spent at the beach or in the countryside.
Display different kinds of natural objects throughout your home. For example, a shell-edged mirror looks good in a bathroom while a bowl of pine cones adds a natural touch to your living room.
Choose home accessories made from natural materials, such as slate coasters, stone tiles, and wooden bowls, to bring nature indoors and create a relaxing atmosphere.
Vases of flowers and house plants refresh the air in your home by releasing oxygen. Place a vase of flowers on a console table in your hallway and display plants on window sills and side tables throughout your home.
Organize And Declutter
If you organize all your belongings and keep only the items that you need and/or love, then your home will be as clutter-free as possible. This will give it a calm, orderly atmosphere and make it easy for you to relax.
If you don’t have a place to store each of your belongings, purchase extra bookcases, linen chests, filing cabinets, storage boxes, and other storage solutions. Tidy things away as soon as you have used them so that you maintain a clutter-free environment.
Sometimes it can be difficult to unwind after work. Returning to a calm, clutter-free environment will help you recover from the pressures of the day and feel energized and ready to cope with the stresses of tomorrow. Transform your home into a calm haven in the midst of a turbulent world.
Originally published at www.huffingtonpost.com on August 19, 2016.