From the moment we wake up in the morning, we are constantly on the go. At work, this seems to be the ‘expected’ pattern, but it tends to continue at home. So much to do, so little time. However, because you are able to modify your home, you can make space work for you. By making it practical but also soothing, you can make each day more relaxing and healthier for yourself. Here are some of our suggestions on how to transform your home into a stress-free zone.
Living rooms are the most public parts of one’s home and this usually means that there is little space for relaxation in them. This repurposing of the whole living room may be counterproductive, but instead, you can try sectioning out a part that you can use for resting.
Try placing a table lamp next to the sofa where you like to read or do crosswords in the evening and a blanket to snuggle in. This will not only give an impression of intimacy but also create focus in the room which you cannot get by using the overhead light. A blanket will make you more comfortable and make your hobby more enjoyable. This one spot won’t disrupt the room’s functionality but it will account for your need to rest on it as well.
The kitchen is the heart of a house and the liveliest corner of your home. Though its main purpose should not be forgotten, still even kitchens can have relaxing features. By making your kitchen more functional, you can make it easier to navigate and easier to use. By decluttering and creating additional storage, you can use your kitchen with less effort and less stress.
One interesting idea that you should find room for in your kitchen might be a spice garden. Having your own little garden inside isn’t only aesthetic, but it is also a convenient way to have fresh spices within your grasp.
Unlike the rest of your house, the primary purpose of your bedroom is to provide room for relaxation. This is why you should try to leave work and various computer gadgets out of it.
As far as furniture is concerned, choose a bed which is comfortable but also supports your body so as to ensure a good night’s sleep. Apart from your closets, find crafty storage for the knickknacks you keep lying around.
The recommended color schemes usually include neutral and pastel colors. They won’t overstimulate your brain and they will allow you to truly rest.
If you do yoga or some similar form of exercise, you can use the serene atmosphere of your bedroom for that purpose. Find a spot that works the best and, if possible, use it specifically for that purpose.
Instead of focusing on your life indoors, try to take it outside and use your garden for your everyday relaxation. No matter whether you prefer to lounge and breathe the fresh air or you prefer to work in your garden or work out in it, you should definitely reclaim its space.
By putting up pergolas and planting honeysuckles or roses to climb up their polls, you can create a separate semi-hidden spot in your garden. The plants will provide shade but also give a sense of tranquility. Maybe you can put up a small round café table and chairs for a more Mediterranean look.
Set up a vegetable garden to work in and eat from, and though it might not make your home self-sufficient at least it could be a start of an interesting and healthy hobby.
Rearrange your living space so as to provide room to relax and heal. A healthier surrounding will allow you to have a better quality lifestyle. Don’t completely repurpose your home as not every part of it can or should be a completely tranquil place. In your living room dedicate a place for relaxing and in your kitchen ensue more function for less stress. Make your bedroom a sanctuary from the outside world and let its less bright tones and comfy furniture room allow you to rest. Go into your garden and make it suit your idea of relaxation, your own dream garden. Reclaim your living space for a healthier and more relaxing home.
Author: Victoria Lim