These simple decorating tweaks will make your space more relaxing — without causing you a lick of home renovation-type stress. For anyone who craves a little more serenity in the day-to-day (so, all of us?), these simple decorating tweaks will make your space more relaxing — without causing you a lick of home renovation-type stress. This is how Guides4homeowners tranquility appears.
1. FIND THE PERFECT PLACE FOR YOUR THINGS
It’s all about ease when it comes to organizing, not where you think things “should” belong. According to Marissa Hagmeyer of Neat Method, a professional organizer, keep what you need where you truly need it. Keep a pair of “in” and “out” baskets accessible if you’re in the habit of sorting mail while watching TV.
2. LOOK FOR SOOTHEING SHADES
A fresh coat of paint can completely transform a room’s ambiance. Try creamy ivory or greige (a warm, gray-tinted beige) for a classic neutral that’s more comfortable than stark white, suggests Dee Schlotter, color specialist for PPG Paints.
3. GET INTO THE SCENT
If you needed another reason to stock up on candles, here’s one: An scent that brings back a pleasant memory is a quick way to feel good right now. Pine will transport you to the coziness of the holidays, while coconut will transport you to the serenity of your last (kid-free) trip. A fragrant candle or diffuser should be placed next to your bed or near the front door. Isn’t it wonderful to be back at home?
4. GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR REST
A good night’s sleep does not happen by itself; you must first establish the appropriate environment. So, where do you begin? The temperature is controlled by the thermostat. Maintain a cool but comfortable temperature in the room (60 to 67 degrees) and don’t underestimate the value of a nice sheet set! According to Anna Brakefield, bedding designer and proprietor of Red Land Cotton, a higher thread count isn’t always better. Lower thread counts allow more air to get through, which might help you stay cool and comfortable in the middle of the night.
5. INSTALL A PLANT IN EACH ROOM
Believe it or not, taking care of plants is a kind act, and the more compassion we have in our life, the better. From the dining room to the bathroom, go beyond the windowsill and include plants wherever you can. Snake plants, Chinese evergreens, and aloe vera are all easy-to-care-for kinds that any want tobe green thumb can maintain alive, according to plant expert Tyler Davis.
6. ALLOW LIGHT IN
Even when we’re stuck performing chores, sun-filled rooms make us feel energized. If privacy isn’t a problem, skip curtains and draperies altogether to maximize natural light in a room. Then try designer Justina Blakeney’s idea of hanging a mirror opposite a window to bounce the light throughout the space. So clever!
7. FILL YOUR LIFE WITH THE THINGS YOU ENJOY.
Sure, getting rid of household clutter is vital (if you don’t want to become that one neighbor), but if tchotchkes and treasures make you happy, then go ahead and decorate with them. To keep them orderly while on display, slip them into an open cabinet or arrange them on a shelf. This method prevents other surfaces from becoming cluttered, and grouping similar items together makes dusting much easier.
8. SELECT UNIQUE COLORS
Certain colors can raise our spirits, just as they can offer a sense of Zen to a room. Red energizes, yellow promotes optimism, and blue inspires innovation, according to Schlotter. So keep these colors in mind the next time you’re picking paint samples, and let your walls do the elevating throughout the house.
9. LIGHTING LAYER NUMBER NUMBER NUMBER NUMBER NUMBER
People, there’s a reason why it’s called mood lighting! Although most rooms have an overhead fixture, sconces, lamps, and even dimmers allow you to customize the lighting for different occasions.
10. ESTABLISH A GOOD FLOW
How effectively your family and guests relate can be influenced by the furniture you have and how you arrange it. Place sofas and chairs across from one another to promote mingling, then add a few ottomans for extra seating and a place to set a drink. Who knew that arranging furniture for a happier home life could be so simple?