If you’re not a feng shui expert, it’s probably hard to find a right balance for your home when it comes to a stress-free environment. But fortunately, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on a ton of books, experts or designers to tell you how to make your house more relaxing.
I have 20 ways right here in this article of how to improve your house to make it more relaxing, combining some feng shui common sense concepts with hours of online research.
Some of you may have a green thumb when it comes to flowers and gardening, which is actually great because flowers lighten up the mood and, placed in the living area, they can really improve your relaxing space by giving fresh air and nice smells. But for those of you that keep coming home to a dead orchid it can get frustrated.
Don’t worry, there are plants out there for you too! You can go and buy some succulents. They are super easy to maintain and freshen up the air real nicely. If you want something that has even more low maintenance, go with air plants.
Your home starts at the door so why not buy a nice welcome mat? They come in various shapes and forms and even have funny messages written on them. You can have a good laugh while you’re searching for your keys to unlock the door.
Mount holders around the house
Some of us keep losing important stuff around the house and it gets frustrating trying to search for them every time. My solution is to simply install mount holders on the walls around the house to easily find my phone, remote controls or even car keys.
We always end up buying a ton of scented candles that just end up collecting dust. Even though we love candles, they may become somewhat unnecessary at times. To satisfy your need for scents in the house I suggest buying a big candle (they sell ones that burn for up to 40 hours) and placing one in each room of interest. If you are not crazy about candles but still like a nice scent once in a while, you can buy some scented sticks and place them all over.
Oil diffusers are good too. They give you a calming scent and a good night sleep. You can use lavender in the bedroom, lotus for the entire home and anything for the bathroom.
There are two kinds of people: those who love all their art hanged, and those who have all blank walls. If you’re from the first category, you might be confronted at times with busy, cluttered walls. The solution to that is grouping all your pictures and frames into one big gallery wall display. It even works with different frame shapes and styles so let your imagination work.
Pops of color
If your house has a predominant neutral color palette, it is best that you place some furniture or accessories that bring up a splash of color. There are many ways you can do that, from a colorful wall lamp, to adding a little nature to your house with some agates on the shelves.
You don’t have to be a retiring sailor to put your belongings into a shadow box. Nowadays, these are used to gather up all your knick knacks that don’t quite find a place in your house. They look great on walls or on shelves. You can also make one of these every time you travel and collect a lot of unnecessary stuff you won’t be using anymore, like bus tickets and so on.
Choose the right colors
The experts have spoken! In order to give your house the maximum chill effect, you must use earth tones and cool colors. Blues and greens and all their derived colors are always a good idea if you want to feel calm and relaxed when you get home. Another option is to keep your walls in the classic white. Whichever option works best with your personality.
Decorate your couch and bed
These two places are the ones on which you spend the most time when you’re at home. So why not splurge a bit and buy some comfy throw pillows and comfy blankets to put on your couch? For the bed you can opt out for some faux fur blankets that may be insanely expensive, but they’ll be your best friend when you want to chill or you want to outrun a cold.
Organize your night stands
Because you sleep right next to them, it may get frustrating to wake up to a total clutter. Instead, you can keep just the essentials on top of them and the rest stored away nicely under. For the tech savvy ones, hiding a power strip inside the night stand might be a great idea to be able to charge all your gadgets.
Lights are important to set the mood right. But don’t settle for your usual light above the head. Instead, you can opt out for some floor and table lamps to minimize the harsh overhead light. Multiple small light sources in a room will really be setting your relaxing mood on.
Organize your drawers
Because we talked earlier that it’s best to organize your night stands, organizing your cluttered drawers is a good idea too. That way you can find anything at any given moment, whether it’s that super glue you were searching or just a tag.
Clear your entryway
The first thing you see when you come into your house and the last one when you go out is your entryway. Having a clean, organized, entryway will give you a calming sensation. Putting your keys, coat and shoes right by the door can save up a lot of stressful searching too.
You can find online a lot of organizing ideas to give you the space you really want.