I believe that interior environments have a HUGE impact on our mindset, energy levels, and outlook on life. This is the very sentiment that drew me to Interior Design in the first place. I have always been really impacted by the orientation, layout and general aesthetic of spaces I've occupied. Maybe it's as basic and instinctual as the comforting feeling a shelter provides, or perhaps it's scientific. Studies have shown that people are more productive when their environments have access to natural light and views of nature. I am all about designing commercial spaces to increase output, but I also feel that the home deserves the same, if not more, attention. You probably spend a lot of time out and about- working, standing in line at the grocery store, sitting in traffic, doing errands. Your home should be a sanctuary; one that simultaneously inspires you while allowing your mind and body to rejuvenate.
Here are a few simple ways to turn your home into a sanctuary:
This one is huge, you guys. Visual clutter is literally the worst. This can be anything from a pile of laundry reminding you that you need to go to the bank for quarters, a trashcan that needs unloading, or just that random junk you don't really need (or even like) but you have gotten used to and can now ignore (I am taking to you old chapstick sitting on my coffee table). Not only is it super therapeutic to get rid of all the "stuff" that accumulates, but it also relieves you of visual stress.
This rule should be called "shoving clutter into your closet does not count as decluttering." You will still know it's there.
Buy Something Special
Making your home a sanctuary doesn't have to be expensive. Try buying ONE thing that you absolutely love. Maybe it's the softest blanket ever for your bed or a colorful throw pillow you've been eyeing for a while. It could even be a cheerful coffee cup that brightens your morning. Once you have this thing in your home, appreciate it and love it! Don't immediately look for the next thing you "need." Material possessions don't bring fulfillment, but the feeling of mindfully treating yo'self to something beautiful just might.
Pay Attention to Your Windows
Window treatments are important! That said, I definitely had a sheet up for the first 3 months of living in my current apartment. You don't need anything fancy or expensive, but it IS important to have access to natural light and views of nature. Fresh oxygen is a plus, too!
The average American spends 80-90% of his or her time indoors. WOAH. That is a lot of time. Add some greenery to your home. It appeals to our biology and can give any space an instant fresh update.
Artwork can really warm up a space and make it feel more permanent. Print some pictures from Pinterest that inspire you and put them in an Ikea frame. This is a super inexpensive way to infuse personality into your space.
Having a signature scent in your home is an easy treat to give yourself. Scent draws strong connections to memory, so firing up that candle at night and being mindful of its presence will remind you to relax and appreciate your environment.
A lower wattage and a warmer color temperature is more relaxing that say, a fluorescent tube light. Go ahead and turn off your overhead lights in favor of table lamps for some mood lighting. I might embarrass myself, but I have white string lights in my home, and I absolutely love them. Turning them on every night feels special, intentional, and ritualistic.
Well, I guess I have a lot to say about this topic. More to come!! Let me know if any of these tips work for you!