Elements of Comfort: Design Tricks can bring Karma to your living space
Everyday, we face challenging and stressful situations. This happens in our workplace and at home. For instance, at work, your boss may not be satisfied with your performance. The commute to the office may be exhausting and have heavy traffic. long. The cashier at the grocery store charged you twice for the same product. Then to top it off, when you get home you are faced with more chaos. Your home should be a sanctuary, where you can relax and enjoy the space as a comfortable and serene environment. One of the factors that can create tension in your home is the design, but if done properly, a home remodel project that includes interior design can help you ease the tension, and create a space of peace and harmony. Here are some ways you can introduce elements of comfort and peacefulness into your living space with design and style.
Vanquish the clutter
Look around your home. What do you see? If your living space is packed with knick-knacks, paper and other things that make it look claustrophobic and messy, that is probably affecting your mind too. When you are surrounded by dozens of visual stimuli, it is more difficult to process information and think efficiently. So, take a trash bag and pack all the things you don’t need and that can’t be of use to anyone and throw them away. Some useful things can be sold or given to charity. As for the remaining ones, try to conceal some in double-duty furniture pieces (e.g. ottomans with storage) or organize them in boxes and baskets.
Paint the walls
This may seem as too extensive a project “just” to turn your home in a more pleasant environment, but considering that colors have a large impact on our psyche, it is important to consider it. This is more than just a myth. A study about the effects of colors on emotions showed that certain colors can even produce higher pulse rates, greater levels of arousal, hostility or aggression, while some can soothe the mind. While perception of color is somewhat subjective, it is believed that less saturated colors are more soothing, and that shades like light blue, green, purple and warm neutrals may be more relaxing.
Get rid of negative memories
People have a habit of hanging on to some things from the past which don’t have a good influence on their mood. If you have some paintings, souvenirs or accessories which remind you of a bad period in your life or a person you want to forget, get rid of them and don’t look back. Replace them with things that bring in good vibes and happy thoughts.
It’s all about the comfort
It is impossible to feel good in a home where you are forced to sit on uncomfortable furniture. But the trick isn’t only in physical comfort. In order for some space to feel warm and inviting, it also needs to look like that. This means that you should include a lot of different textures, in the form of textiles and rugs. However, you shouldn’t just throw in layers of fabrics and accessories. Look for exceptionally stylish items, such as sheepskin rugs and elegant designer cushions made of materials like velvet and wool.
Green it up
Humans are designed to coexist with nature, which is why an apartment without plants looks empty and depressing. Not only do they improve your home’s aesthetic appeal, house plants are also proven stress-relievers and air purifiers. Your living space will look and feel more inviting, relaxed and pleasant if you display plants such as English Ivy, Aloe Plant, Rubber Tree, Snake Plant, Peace Lilly, Philodendron and Golden Pothos.
Let there be light
Dark and moody spaces cause dark and moody thoughts, don’t you agree? On the other hand, overly bright artificial lights can cause eyestrain, and don’t forget the cool fluorescent bulbs which can make your home look like a hospital. Fortunately, all of that can be changed in a couple of steps. First, let in as much natural light as you can (no curtains, why not?). Then replace your light bulbs for LED lamps which mimic the temperature of incandescent bulbs. And finally, install dimmers so that you can control the amount of light you’re receiving at any given moment.
These six changes can make your home as peaceful and comfortable as you need it to be, when you enter it after all those hours of being exposed to various stressors, so make sure you use them to their full effect.
About the author:
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home décor and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”