It’s official – we’re spending more time than ever working our butts off. In fact, most of our working hours aren’t even logged or paid for. With this in mind, it’s becomes even more essential to have an amazing home to return to after a long day in the office; something that you can call your own.
With most of us choosing to live with others (whether this is in the bustling city with like-minded strangers or still at home with the parentals), it isn’t always a case of returning home and switching off. You need that one area free from noise and the daily grind.
Whether you have a place to yourself or a house share with six others, this is possible! And here are a few ways you can build a tranquil atmosphere in your home:
It is so essential to control your lighting if you wish to optimise any room, let alone if you wish to create a calming atmosphere. The last hour in the evening is all about winding down. This not only gives you the best opportunity to have the perfect night’s sleep, preparing yourself for the day ahead, but has been proven to help you loosen. Forget your troubles with dim lighting best achieved with lamps. Whether that’s a floor lamp or mini bedside table, try opting for one with adjustable dimmer depending on your mood. If you seach online, you wouldn’t believe how important it is to get this right. Just imagine unwinding after a long day with your favourite book, a glass of red and subtle lighting.
Plenty of Pillows
We went with the alliteration but we don’t just mean pillows – anything soft goes! Lots of pillows and cushions make your space seem more homely putting you at ease and helping you relax. It adds that all-important personality too. Especially with many different fabrics and calming colours such as greens and yellows. Steer clear of those dark reds! Why not go one step further with an array of bean bags? It helps if you have the space, but your beanbag can also signal your alone time if you don’t have enough space in the bedroom. Once you slouch in your beanbag, your housemates know it’s your time for unwinding.
Involve All Senses
We’ve spoken about using a number of fabrics, and of course the lighting, but don’t ignore your sense of smell. Grab yourself a number of calming lavender candles to help soothe your mind. There are so many scents out there perfect for relaxation. Whether you decide to opt for an array of cheaper smaller candles and experiment with various smell combinations or opt for a larger more prominent smell, you will be surprised how much of a different these can make.
These three points are so easy to achieve. They require no special circumstances, huge amounts of cash or massive amounts of effort. Just small changes you can transform your living space to create a calm and serene atmosphere, perfect for escaping the real world, just for a moment or two.