Your home should serve as a respite from daily stresses. But when you walk into your microapartment, does your interiors make you feel calm or happy? Does your home feel like a sanctuary, a place where you can enjoy moments of Zen?
If your microapartment interiors are making you even more stressed out, now’s a good time to rethink your interior design. Nurture the body, mind, and spirit by creating a calm home, a peaceful dwelling where you can recharge and live a happier life! Here are expert styling tips on how to create a peaceful dwelling:
Remove and Avoid Clutter
A chaotic living space won’t give you the inner peace that you so desperately need. Removing clutter makes for a calm, serene dwelling! Clutter serves as a physical reminder that your house has a lot of things going on, which is not helpful for your already frazzled state of mind.
Unfortunately, there is no real way to eliminate clutter unless you remove bits and bobs regularly. You see, clutter in the home builds up over and over again, it’s a vicious cycle. This goes especially if you have kids! It’s unavoidable but decluttering regularly should help restore order in the home. In addition, avoid clutter by putting everything you use or take back to their rightful places. Curate your decors so these items won’t add to the visual weight of the room. Focus on the essentials for a relaxing abode!
A Tidy Entryway
The state of your entryway affects your mood because it’s the first thing you see as soon as you come home and the last thing you see when you head outside. If the entryway is disorganized, it leaves you feeling restless or exhausted the minute you step inside your home.
Keep your entryway tidy and neat by providing and expanding the storage space. Use a decorative stand for umbrellas or cubbies for your shoes. Add hooks and a space organizer to keep your essentials within easy reach. Use pretty bins and baskets to store small items so you never lose them!
Color can affect a person physically, psychologically, and emotionally. The right color combination could stimulate the appetite, lighten the mood, and even energize tired souls. If you want to create a bright, relaxing room that soothes the spirit, I highly recommend giving your microapartment a fresh coat of paint. You can do this yourself or get a professional to do it for you. A fresh coat of paint adds new energy to the room. Choose relaxing shades such as pastels, gray-blue, white, beige, pale gray and mint green.
If repainting your entire microapartment is out of the question, incorporate soothing colors to your existing décor. Start by changing the pillowcases to add cheerful pops of colors to the living room. Add a rug or a few decors that bring new energy to the room.
Eliminate Bad Energy
Certain things in our home remind us of negative experiences or undesirable feelings that affect our mindset. These things could be anything from a picture on the wall to a collectible, even a couch or a book. If you associate certain home items with negativity, it makes sense to get rid of these things to drive bad mojo away and restore peace in the home.
Start by curating your decors, gradually trimming the unnecessary and leaving out the essentials for a peaceful abode. If certain items in your home make you feel sad, angry, or frustrated, such as that picture of your ex from 5 years ago, get rid of it. Introduce positivity and light into your home by focusing on items that bring a smile to your face, like pictures of your backpacking trip or an uplifting painting!
Nature is nurturing and soothing, it revives an exhausted spirit. Incorporating natural elements to your interiors adds to the feeling of peace and calm. And you don’t have to spend a small fortune to do this too! Start by adding a couple of wooden decors to your interiors, perhaps a couple of wooden bowls or a leaning ladder in rich colors of mahogany, walnut, or oak.
A calming tabletop water feature, a rock terrarium or a vase full of vibrant blooms help foster peace and serenity in the home too! Be creative, experiment with different nature-based decors until you’ve perfected the look that you’re going for.
Decorate with Houseplants
Houseplants sure add new energy to a room; they’re the perfect functional décor for brightening tired spaces! If you’re decorating the living room, go for a drama and opt for a large houseplant. Complement the nice pops of green with a decorative planter!
If you don’t have much of a green thumb, check out these hardy houseplants! Now, if you prefer smaller plants or you’d like to put together a pretty centerpiece on the cheap, you can always make your own terrarium! It’s surprisingly easy! Maintaining succulents is also a cinch.
Just like colors, lighting can affect our moods. Stark lighting could make a bland space look severe. If you want to create a calming space, opt for soft lighting.
Soft lighting gives a sense of serenity and warmth to a room. Invest on floor lamps, pendant lights, lampshades, even desk lamps. Layer the light fixtures to make any room look even cozier, especially at night.
Curtains and Drapes
Compliment soft lighting with other soft details such as curtains and drapes. Curtains and drapes provide a cozy, cocoon-like ambiance to a room, especially at night.
During the day, you can draw the curtains to give the room a light, airy feel. But at night, you can close the drapes and give the room a sense of warmth and calm. Opt for shades that complement your existing color scheme. Neutrals and pastels should suit any type of color scheme.
Creating a calm space involves soothing the senses, including the sense of smell. Because nothing ruins a mood quite like a funky-smelling home, consider adding several scented candles in high-traffic areas of the rooms.
Scented candles are so easy to incorporate into an existing arrangement but you can also make your own centerpiece, one for each room. Whenever you feel stressed out or anxious, light the scented candles up and enjoy the refreshing scent that slowly fills the room!
The bedroom should be a safe haven where you can rest, relax, and sleep. The room should be just as pristine as the rest of your home. Thankfully, you don’t have to spend a small fortune on decors or pieces of furniture to create a relaxing bedroom.
Simple changes, such as changing the bed sheets or picking up dirty clothes off the floor is all you need to tidy up in the bedroom. Nothing beats coming home to a warm, inviting bed when you had a long day at work! Again, don’t let clutter build up, tidy up regularly to maintain the calming look of the bedroom.