After the hustle, noise, and distractions of a busy day, it’s nice to come home to a peaceful environment – a place where you can unwind and rejuvenate. But what, exactly, does a peaceful home look like? To us, a peaceful home is a place to live that promotes an overall sense of well-being and is enjoyed simply for what it is.
Turn your home into house of zen by focusing on these five simple elements.
A major contributor to wellness is natural light, so keep blinds and curtains open as much as possible during daylight hours. (Exposure to natural light is linked to healthy sleep patterns, unlike the harsh fluorescent lighting of most offices.) After dark, opt for soft lighting – install dimmer switches or swap out lamp shades for fabric designs.
Tip: Create a reading nook or other quiet space next to a window. Set an intention to spend a few moments there each day.
When it comes to wall color, opt for shades that create an overall sense of calm, such as soft gray, light blue, and sage green. Choose natural materials and texture to add personality and depth.
Tip: White walls are a popular element of minimalist décor, but often result in spaces that feel a bit overexposed. The slightest touch of color on interior walls will create a more peaceful environment.
Noise pollution is known to trigger stress and interrupt sleep, so finding ways to reduce noise is essential to a peaceful home. Set aside a quiet space in your home, free of electronics and other distracting sounds. If noise is unavoidable, try a white noise machine (or app) or indoor fountain to mask everyday noises with something soothing.
Tip: Take advantage of the quiet and use it as an opportunity to meditate or try restorative yoga.
Ease of Space
Clutter creates distraction and disrupts the natural flow of your home. While a total purge might not be necessary, recognize what belongings truly give you joy and consider donating the rest. For unsightly necessities, consider dual-purpose furniture, such as a storage ottoman.
Tip: Feeling extra motivated to improve the flow of your home? Read our tips on feng shui.
Air quality is often overlooked in the home because it’s not something we can see. However, clean air plays a significant role in a healthy home. Open windows whenever possible to allow circulation and stock up on air-purifying house plants. Diffusing essential oils such as lavender will also create an atmosphere of calm and well-being.
Tip: Don’t forget about humidity levels. Homes that are too dry or too humid keep our bodies from functioning at their very best.
Many variables play a factor in creating a peaceful home, but trying out the ideas above will help quiet your mind so you can truly focus on the things you love about your space.