March 28th, 2020
Your home is your refuge from the outside world, but sometimes, it might feel like a dumping ground for emotional and physical baggage. That can get in the way of relaxing at home as you should. So if you’re wondering how to create a relaxing retreat at home, read on. And feel free to contact me with your own ideas
There are steps you can take to make your home more comfortable, and help you feel more at ease as soon as you get home. Consider this your checklist for a relaxing home:
How to create a relaxing retreat at home
• Let the light in.
Natural sunlight can make your home feel more open. Allow natural light to come in by minimizing drapes and shades during the daytime. But feel free to close them off at night, when your home should be dark to help prepare you for sleep.
• Clear the clutter.
Clutter can bog you down in more ways than one, and contributes to a feeling of disorder. Cut back on the distracting items in your home so you can focus more on what matters.
• Bring in fresh flowers and plants.
Living things in your home can make it feel more vibrant. House plants can help clear the air, too, and fresh flowers add a feeling of sophistication and be visually pleasing.
• Use natural materials.
Whenever possible, favor natural materials over synthetic ones. For example, cotton sheets, hardwood floors, and bamboo curtains.
• Choose relaxing wall colors.
Bright, bold, and dark wall colors can make a statement, but they might stress you out, too. Consider more muted tones, such as pastels and earth tones. Blue tends to be the most calming wall color, so if it suits you, that’s a great choice.
• Don’t let things pile up.
Piles of anything — whether it’s laundry, bills, even books — can feel like unfinished business you need to take care of. Manage items before they have a chance to stack up and get in your head.
• Let your art reflect your mood.
Bring in wall art that’s soothing, such as relaxing landscapes, or photos from a treasured family vacation. Even art in soothing tones can help make your space feel more comfortable.
• Use dimmers for your lights.
A dimmer switch can set the mood and bring down harsh lighting when you need to dial it back.
• Designate technology zones.
Give technology defined spaces in your home — so it doesn’t creep into where it shouldn’t be. A cell phone drop zone can be a good place to charge your devices and not bring them into bed with you.
• Add coziness.
Throw blankets, pillows, and plush rugs can make your home softer and more comfortable. And a plush towel might be all it takes to make your bathroom feel more like a spa.
• Make functional spaces organized.
Whether it’s your kitchen, bathroom, or entryway, keeping spaces where you do the most work easy to manage can help you take a load off. Instead of searching for a lost tupperware top, or trying to figure out where that extra tube of toothpaste is, you can just grab, go, and get on with your life.
• Turn on music.
If you’re up and moving around, some background music can be more soothing than a blaring TV. And consider leaving music on even when you’re not home. Walking in to some of your favorite tunes can make you feel right at home as soon as you arrive.
• Bring balance to your home.
Aim for symmetry as much as possible, and balance both dark and light throughout your home.
Think about how you can make your home a more relaxing, inviting space. Keeping areas clean and organized is a great start. And considering design that offers soothing elements can take your retreat to the next level.
Susan Austin is a family research specialist with Family Living Today. A mother of three and small business owner in Texas, Austin spends her days juggling work and family life — sometimes expertly, sometimes not.
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