Your home is the place you spend most of your time. That, on its own, should be reason enough to dedicate some time to its design and decor. It’s a well-known fact the environment we spend most of our time in has a huge effect on our well-being and health. Not to mention, our homes reflect the state of our souls. If you walk into a messy and unorganized house, you can safely assume that the owner is currently dealing with inner chaos. The way you feel can greatly affect the kind of state your home is in.
On the other hand, the state of your home can also greatly influence how you feel. Reaching inner peace isn’t an easy task, but designing your home to convey this feeling is the first step to reaching it. The inside and outside of your home matter equally, and each room should have a distinct vibe of serenity in it.
Working on yourself also means working on your environment. Anxiety, worry, and stress tend to go away when you’ve got a safe place to call your own. Thus, calm and peaceful design is something you should aim for. In addition to having a beautiful home every visitor will envy, you’ll have some much-needed inner peace.
1. Color me calm
The colors you use in your home will be the biggest influence on your mood. It’s pretty well-known that color has some effect on our mood and well-being, and that effect only increases when we’re talking about the rooms you spend most of your time in. To make calm vibes flow through your whole home, you’ll need to employ different powers of different colors.
Let’s start with the living room. This is the room where your family spends most of their time together—where you laugh, bond, and truly live. The living room is equipped with everything from an elaborate seating area to a high-quality entertainment system. The color you choose has the power to amplify feelings of joy that this room naturally brings with it. If you want to leave this room a blank canvas to remind yourself of its potential, paint it white or beige. Those who are looking for a happier vibe should paint it yellow, as this color is associated with joy. White, beige, and yellow are light colors which can also brighten up the space more than anything else. This is, of course, wanted in a room with so much human activity.
For your bedroom, look for a color that lets your eyes and brain rest. Pastel-based colors usually do the trick. Pastel blue and green are especially effective choices. The right shade of blue brings those deep feelings of calm to the surface, making you forget about your anxiety and worries and helping you fall asleep. Green, on the other hand, is associated with growth and nature. There’s nothing more serene than the thought of nature right before bed.
Your kids’ bedrooms should be as serene and calm as yours, but their play area shouldn’t put them to sleep. Don’t be afraid to be a little bit more playful. If their play area is in their bedroom, you can combine two colors to achieve both serenity and playfulness. The best colors to use for such an area are red and orange. They’re passionate and make us more alert, which makes us more present in the moment.
Another step you can take in achieving a cohesive design is to introduce one item of the same color in every room. It should be something simple, yet effective. For example, you can put a vase with colorful flowers in each room. Make sure the vase is of the same color in each room. This way, you’ll create a channel through which positive energy can easily flow. Each room of the house will be connected into a larger picture which generates serenity.
2. Trust your nose
As well as color, the scent you introduce to the premises can have very calming effects on you and your family. We tend to neglect the power of fragrance unless we come in contact with unpleasant smells. Just like unpleasant smells have the power to make you pinch your nose and even make you sick, good smells have the power to put you in a better mood and soothe you.
An overall feeling of calm and serenity can be easily achieved with incense and candles. For the best effect, one smell should be present in all areas of the house. Mixing scents can be good on occasion, but can generally create chaos for your nose if those scents aren’t compatible.
The room which will benefit from candles most is the bathroom. There’s nothing more relaxing than taking a hot bath and relaxing with a soothing candle burning in the background and radiating feelings of calm. Those who have problems sleeping should use a candle or incense stick in their bedrooms, too. If you combine the soothing fragrance with the calming colors on the wall, you simply won’t be able to resist falling asleep.
3. Building the steps to serenity
No matter how spontaneous you are, humans are still creatures of structure and routine. Nature may not seem like something you can organize, but with a strong and coherent structure, the effects of serenity and calm in the garden only increase. That’s because structure accentuates the colors of your garden.
Another reason why structure is so appealing and calming is that it makes you feel like you’ve got everything under control. Being in control of your garden can easily transfer to feeling like you’re in control of your life. Being at the top of your game and feeling competent brings feelings of confidence, too.
One way to introduce structure in an elegant way is to edge your garden. There are a million beautiful garden edging ideas out there, allowing you to be as creative as you wish. Creativity has the power to bring out the best in us, giving us back our faith in our abilities.
One piece of advice is to start from the broader aspect of your garden and move to the narrower ones. In other words, start with your fence. The fence is the most important part of your garden structure. It has the power to shape the whole space and introduce a certain feeling into the premises. Some fences are so high and sturdy that they make the garden resemble a fort. On the other hand, some are very open and guarantee almost no privacy. The kind of structure you choose depends on what you want to achieve.
The fact is, people are different, and not everyone reaches their places of calm in the same way. Those who want privacy and no prying eyes should opt for higher wooden, metal, or even stone fences. This pairs perfectly with a rustic or vintage theme. Those who want to invite the world in should definitely lower their guard with some lower, see-through fences.
When it comes to the inner structure of your garden, various edges can help you create different garden zones and paths. One zone could be reserved for drinking coffee, while the other could be your kids’ play area. Use the power of edges to create interesting paths and lead your visitors through the magical design of your garden. You can also use edges to protect your plants from getting accidentally stepped on or hit.
4. Fusion for the win
Bringing your home and garden together may sound like an impossible task, which is why most people focus on designing each part of the home separately. By converting some rooms or creating new ones, you can actually connect the outside with the inside. One of the best examples of this is by creating patios. These outside areas expand your home and your garden at the same time.
You get to enjoy the benefits of the inside and outside and thus create wonderful calming effects. If any of the rooms in your house look out into the yard, you might consider replacing the outside wall with glass, or introducing big sliding doors (when you slide the doors open, your garden will be part of your home!). Also, if you use a big canopy sheet, you can create a sort of roof above the garden, making it feel like a part of the house.
Less elaborate projects sometimes involve introducing pavilions or pergolas to the garden. This way, instead of bringing the outside in, you’ll be bringing the inside out. These outside rooms can be a great way to enjoy your garden, rain or shine. You can decorate the interior of your garden structure completely like it’s inside of the home, too. This way you’re accentuating the fusion even more. By introducing a great contrast, you’re actually bringing the most beautiful features of each part of your home.
Your garden is as important as your home. Nature has a way of bringing us out of our shells and showing us how beautiful, gentle and relaxed we can be. Your house, on the other hand, is a sort of shelter from the outside world. It’s your fortress and barrier, which eliminates all negative feelings. We can view interior and exterior design like yin and yang—one cannot function without the other.
Eliminating negative feelings is only temporary if you don’t have something to teach you to nurture positive ones. And it’s much easier to nurture those positive vibes when you’ve learned to dispose the negative feelings. By making sure each aspect of your home is taken care of and designed to create peace and serenity, you open the doors to a much calmer and happier life for yourself. It may not be easy, but it’s worth it.
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