After a long day at work, doing chores, or chasing after the kids, is there anything better than flopping down onto the couch to catch up on your favorite Netflix drama? Having a space that caters purely to relaxation is really important to your sense of well being. After a stressful day, it’s a must to be able to switch off and wind down, but you don’t need to overhaul your entire house or completely redecorate to achieve this. Just a few little changes and you’ve got yourself the perfect living room sanctuary:
Keep it Serene: When choosing your color palate for any room, it’s important to consider the mood you want to feel while you’re in that space. Pale blues, greens, yellows, and beige have the ability to help relax our minds. Try to keep bright colors out of the walls, furniture, and fabrics of any room in which you would like to relax – bright colors are great at energizing us and helping us to feel awake, which is basically the opposite of what you’re trying to achieve in your living room.
Harvest the Power of Fire: Fire can be really relaxing, warming, and comforting when used in a space correctly. Introducing a fireplace can be a great focal point for the room, but it also allows you to warm the room to your specifications and give off a great light and a touch of elegance. Electric fire installation is relatively straightforward, and they can bring a charming atmosphere into the room. With so many to choose from, make sure you check out this Fireplace Guide to find the best electric fire for your room. It can also be lovely to add large white pillar candles, which can give the room a spa-like feel, and add softness to the lighting in the evening.
Bring the Outdoors In: Never underestimate the power of indoor plants and flowers. The greenery purifies the air, adds color to the room without being abrasive, and looks really beautiful, too. Flowers help to make the room smell clean and lovely and can be very soothing visually as well.
Keep it Clutter Free: Clutter in any room is not conducive to a sense of serenity. Rather, it does the opposite by bringing a sense of disorder and chaos to the brain which can make it difficult to relax. Keep out trinkets and photos that you love and which bring you happiness, but put everything else into storage. A few little ornaments have a much bigger impact visually than a lot of clutter and makes it much easier to clear your mind.
Let the Light In: Natural light is great for making us feel good, so hook back those curtains, pull up the blinds, and welcome the light in. Beautiful billowy curtains over large windows add a delightful sense of calm and look stunning to boot, but can also help to make a room feel more private if it’s overlooked. In the evenings, invest in a good dimmer switch so you can set the lighting to a comfortable level, and choose a nice reading lamp for when you need brighter light.
And there you have the perfect room for relaxation. So kick back, wind down, and enjoy the serenity. Ohmmmm.
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