How do you feel about your home? So many times, it becomes a place where we simply exist, and before we know it, we realize that we don’t feel comfortable in our own home.
Your house deserves your loving attention just like any other area of your life. If you want to love where you live, you have to put in the work to decorate it in a way that helps you rest and relax at the end of those long days.
Fortunately, getting the peaceful home you’ve always wanted doesn’t mean you have to completely remodel your interior space. Here are five decorating tips for a more peaceful home that won’t take a lot of time or money.
Get the Windows Right
Your first step is to get the windows right. Choosing a decorative window treatment can have a huge impact on how you feel about your space, but you can’t forget about why you’re installing a window treatment in the first place.
If you want to create an inviting atmosphere, you have to be able to control the amount of light in your space. That means letting in the sun to lift your mood during the day but creating a dark, calming atmosphere when it’s time to go to bed.
According to Blinds.ca, window blinds and shades are both good options, “Window blinds have slats that can be tilted to control light. Window shades do not have slats you can tilt as they are one piece of material; however, they do give you the option of choosing light filtering or room darkening materials to allow only the exact amount of light that you want.”
Throw out the Clutter
Clutter can definitely affect the way you feel about your home, but it can also ruin your life. From decreasing your creativity to causing strain in your relationships, it’s well worth your time to throw out all the stuff that’s cluttering your space.
That could mean going through your closet, getting rid of some furniture, or even putting things into storage. Either way, when you get all that extra stuff out of your space, you’ll feel better.
Choose Scents Wisely
Scents can impact your mood. Air fresheners and candles are a great start, but you do have to choose scents wisely.
Certain smells, and certain brands, can be extremely overwhelming. You don’t want to end up tasting that room spray instead of smelling it!
Settle on muted scents that make you happy and consider using essential oils. They can diffuse an entire room with scent without that contrived smell that’s common with other scented products.
Color can have a huge effect on your mood. Yellow in the bedroom is going to energize you when you try and go to sleep while powder blue in the office is going to drain your energy.
Color matters, and if you want a peaceful home, you have to choose relaxing paint colors. However, that doesn’t mean every room in your home should have a relaxing hue. A few color ideas include:
- Blue is great for the bedroom because it is the color of trust and peace
- Yellow is a good idea for the office because it’s the color of the mind and intellect
- Green can bring balance to common living spaces, like the dining room
Don’t discount your favorite color, no matter what its meaning! If you love the color orange, consider a muted shade for the bedroom, regardless of what anyone says!
Surround Yourself with Things You Love
Everything in our home has a history. If you’re surrounded by pictures of estranged family members and furniture you shared with an ex, it’s time to rethink the things you expose yourself to on a regular basis.
Go through your home and think about how things make you feel. Get rid of things that no longer make you smile and replace them with items that lift your mood. Hang pictures of loved ones on the wall and decorate the mantle with knickknacks that you picked up on your vacations.
Don’t think it all has to match either! A patchwork appearance of all the things you love in your home is more important than sticking with a color scheme.
If you feel like life is chaotic, it may be because you’re living in a chaotic environment. Regain a sense of peace by using these tips to update your interior spaces and you’ll find yourself looking forward to spending time at home again!