We live in a fast-paced, busy, city and it’s not always easy to unwind. Creating calm simplicity at home can have a positive effect on your mood and psychological well-being. Here are some ideas and design elements that will help transform your home from zero to zen real quick.
No Mess, No Stress
Clutter is a major stress inducer! A simple way to begin a tranquil transformation in your home is to declutter. Get organized with shelving, boxes and containers and remember “everything has a place, everything in its place”. Take a few minutes to carve out specific places for each item. Keep piles of papers and technology out of sight and out of mind!
Lower Your Tone
A zen-inspired design should induce a sense of relaxation and calmness. Earthy, natural colors and soft tones such as white, grey, shades of beige or pink beige should be used throughout the home to create a zen den. Pay attention to the chromatic harmony between various elements and the visual continuity between walls, furniture and floors.
Stop and Smell the Roses
Certain scents have the power to invigorate you, comfort you, help you relax or unwind. Let the sweet scent of geraniums or herbs on a window sill fill the room. Notice the aroma of fresh vegetables and herbs when you’re cooking. Use essential oils in a diffuser or light beeswax or naturally scented candles to create a soothing sanctuary.
A Neat, Sweet, Sleep Retreat
Your bedroom should be a sanctuary where you can switch off and relax. Remove any furniture you don’t need so the room feels lighter, put away technology and keep clutter off your nightstand. Put something that brings you peace on the wall behind your bed. Make room for a spot where you can meditate, journal or draw. Consider light, neutral colors and natural textures that will put you at-ease in your abode.