4 Ways To Make Your Home More Relaxing
Whether you live in a house or apartment, with a family or alone, the home is seen as a retreat from work, school or the general chaos of life. It should be a place where you want to be. The obvious way to make your home relaxing is to clean up the cheap toys and get rid of excess clutter, but there are more subtle ways to bring calm to your house. Here are some ways you can make your home more relaxing.
Color affects us physically and emotionally. Your brain absorbs color with innate effects as well as learned effects. Green light helps the production of dopamine in the brain to make you calm. It is also associated with nature. According to a study out of the University of Edinburgh, the color green reduces brain fatigue. Paint a wall a rich shade of green or swap out red accessories for green accents to give any room in your home a more relaxing feel.
To reduce stress, it is often suggested to pet a dog or cat because they are soft, or to squeeze a smooth stress ball. Think of these things when you're decorating a room. Recreate the softness of an animal by adding a fuzzy throw pillow or a furry rug. Add a delicate quality to your walls by switching out heavy curtains for sheer, gentle window treatments.
Some scents have the power to diminish tension. While the scent of lavender is widely known to have a calming effect on our brains, citrus smells can also help relieve mental pressure. According to a study conducted by Austrian researchers, even minimal exposure to citrus odors can boost one's mood. Scatter sachets of lavender about a room or light a citrus candle and you're on your way to a relaxing evening.
Make your home as quiet as possible by cutting off the noise from the outside world. You don't have to change out every bit of tile and replace it with acoustic tile to quiet your home. Instead, you can reduce outside noise by sealing off cracks and closing any gaps in your entrances and windows. Tighten any spaces where outside commotion can seep in, and add weather stripping wherever you can. Consider adding insulation to the attic to absorb outside noise. Use solid core doors rather than foam core doors to block sound as well.