Visually calm interiors comfort us and help us feel at ease—especially during times of uncertainty. Thankfully, creating a calming atmosphere at home isn’t that hard to achieve! From eliminating visual clutter to adding elements that lend a soothing aura, you can easily make your home delightful to look at and relaxing to live in. Here, we’ve rounded up six tips to help you invite harmony and create a peaceful ambiance in your own home.
1. Clear the Clutter
Take a few minutes each day to sort. Tossing out obsolete objects, organizing your belongings, and giving each item a designated area in your domain will keep your interiors tranquil and tidy. Use chic baskets and trays to store small but important things like your keys, wallet, and mail.
If you have a small bedroom with limited closet space, neatly stash seasonal clothes in collapsible bins you can store under the bed. For your home office, keep all your office supplies in storage bins and make filing important documents easy by color-coding your folders.
2. Use Colors and Decor Elements Sparingly
A serene home doesn’t have to look bland, but too many bold elements competing for your attention can create visual chaos. To achieve balance, pair a neutral base, like white or grey walls or wood-colored floors, with pops of pigments—a patterned rug, a few brightly colored throw pillows, or wall art.
It also helps to go easy on decorative elements. Stick to those that complement your color scheme (or at least belong in the same color family) and also serve a purpose in your home.
3. Open Your Windows
Opening your windows and letting the breeze and sunshine in is a quick, foolproof way to brighten up and freshen up the air circulating in your home. Plus, hanging out in sun-kissed spaces like your balcony or patio amps up your vitamin D levels and gets you in a better mood. Cast aside your curtains fully or open the shades just a few inches for a little more privacy.
4. Add Warmth to Your Floors
Area rugs keep your floors warm while defining and accentuating a specific space in your room—like your quiet reading nook or your bedside vanity. Rugs with deep, rich hues like navy blue rugs, burgundy rugs, or sage green rugs add serious depth to a space, while white or cream rugs with minimal patterns brighten up your space. For additional plushness and texture, opt for higher pile rugs.
5. Invite Natural Elements
Spending time outdoors reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and improves your mood. Recreate that serene, nurturing space indoors by adding a living element in your space, like houseplants and flowers. Even furniture and decor pieces made of natural materials like wood can help bring your home to life. The continuous presence of greenery and earthy elements in your interiors can tie distinct spaces together and bring a sense of harmony to a home.
6. Enjoy the Journey
The good news is that creating a space that promotes calm and positivity should be calming and therapeutic in itself, and it doesn’t need to happen overnight. Make tweaks and additions as you go, and follow what resonates with your heart. Remember to embrace the highs and lows throughout your design journey. Most importantly, approach the process with a genuine desire to evoke peace at home and transform it into your own sanctuary.