It’s only common sense, that the house you live in and the space you live in – can effect your mood and elements of your lifestyle – such as your stress levels. In fact, for those of you reading that have ever stayed in a dodgy hotel room that was too cramped or too stuffy – you’ll know exactly what I’m referring too. How much nicer would your stay have been if you’d been in a beautifully appointed room?
Your living space is important – not just because it’s where you spend the majority of your time – but because it’s where you retreat too and it’s a refuge fro the stressful world of work. Your home is somewhere that should invite you in – and where you should feel relaxed and engaged.
But it’s not just that – scientific reports have also suggested that having a stress free home environment can actually improve your overall health. That’s right – having a stress free home that is nice, and comfortable and inviting is actually beneficial to your health. And that’s good for everyone in the family – as it means you’ll all be getting along better too.
You can redecorate your house, to make it more stress free – simply and easily and (believe it or not) you don’t need a huge budget to do it. Lots of us make the assumption that decoration is expensive business – but in all truth – it simply isn’t. You can have a shoestring budget and still have the house you’ve been dreaming of and still have a beautiful relaxing and stress free home environment, that’s going to decrease you stress levels so fast – you’ll wonder where they ever went.
How to Create a Stress Free Home Environment
Keep Colors Muted
For almost everyone – colors always evoke some kind of emotion and some kind of feeling. So I always tell people to think about the colors that make them happy and that make them feel positive emotions. These are the colors you should be using in your home – as they are the ones that are going to relax you and reduce those stress hormones.
It may sound too good to be true that something as simple as color can be so powerful – but you’d be surprised. Color is something we all feel drawn too – so choosing the right color is a big step towards designing a home that fits you emotionally too.
- Pastel Blue: This is reminiscent of the ocean, and the ocean if often a relaxing memory and thought for most people.
- Pastel / mint Green: Is a color of nature, and has been proven to calm people in situations of high stress. If you have a window that overlook a gardens, using a green color inside, can heighten the sense of one with nature.
- Cream: White can often be too bright for some people, so opting for ivory or cream is a great way to keep the room bright and cheerful – but without making it sterile of “hospital” like.
The trick with color however, is not to go too far with it. Think about what will work in the room and in the space. Something too over powering might have the opposite effect of what you’re after – in which case simply accenting the room with color may work better than painting the walls, this can be done with cushions or rugs or even something as small and simple as candles. Or, you could always try a feature wall instead – where only one wall is painted in color – to highlight the room in a more subtle way.
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Textures and Comfort
Many people assume the way to a stress free home is to purchase beautifully designed furniture. However – if the furniture you have (no matter how gorgeous) isn’t comfortable you’ll never feel fully stress free and you’ll never feel fully at home in your house. Think about it this way – if when you sit down to relax, you find yourself constantly moving and adjusting to find a comfortable spot – your body (and mind) is never fully switching off. This kind of thing is easily overlooked – but surprisingly can build stress gradually without you even noticing.
Pick out various textures that relax you and that make you feel stress free, Soft ones are often best as they make you feel cozy and warm – both things that counteract stress and worry.
Don’t ever opt for something you’ll end up panicking about – this is another common mistake people make – especially those with families, children or pets. Think about it this way – whilst silk is beautiful and expensive – if you have children or dogs who are going to be playing on it or near it, you’re always going to feel a little worries or stressed about something damaging, spilling or staining the gorgeous silk. Rather than sitting back and relaxing.
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Photographs and Décor
One of my final tips to anyone looking for a stress free home – is to surround yourself with items that are beautiful and remind you of happy time and joyful memories. Photographs are the easiest way to do this, and can turn an ordinary house into a loving home within seconds.
After all, without photographs your house could belong to anyone – and it may almost remind you of a show house perhaps – not something that’s going to encourage relaxation or calm. Instead, surround yourself with all those gorgeous memories and you’ll find your mood is instantly lifted just by looking at the photos and images you have displayed on your walls. It can be a family portraits, a holiday snap – or even somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit – but haven’t quite got to yet. I’d recommend getting them printed onto canvas, for adding a really show-stopping element to the room (companies like Printer Pix) or even just grabbing a few frames from your local high street store.
Another great tips I’ve found works for many people, is getting their favorite quote printed onto canvas, and having it displayed for them to see. This is something personal to you – which immediately will perk you up and relax you whenever you read it.
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Feel free to share your tips in the comments below. How have you created a stress free home environment.
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