Creating a calm space

May 8, 2017 | Anoushka's Blog, Interior design and decoration

How do you feel when you walk into your home?

In today’s frenetic world it’s important to create a calm and peaceful space that allows you to recharge. Your home should nurture and support but if you design and decorate the space poorly, it could deplete your energy leaving you feeling exhausted, unhappy or even unwell.

I thought a lot about this topic over the weekend as I was on a yoga retreat, and the location (Awaba Spiritual Yoga Retreat) got it so right!

If you use a mix of design, psychology and eco products, you can transform any home into a relaxing space and, in turn, live a happier life. That’s a big call, but our physical environment is as important as nutrition, exercise and mindset.  Let me explain…

Firstly, all rooms are important.  Perhaps there’s an area not working for you, an odd layout or nook, decoration projects on hold etc. but don’t just close the door as they can play on your mind. Create home harmony by making each space in your home inspired.

That also includes removing any bad mojo.  The evidence of your experiences, good and bad, hang from your walls and sit on your shelves and in drawers.  So, remove anything associated with undesirable feelings and showcase those items that remind you of good times and uplifting people.

But don’t overly showcase as this ties in with one of my golden rules…“conquer the clutter”. Master the physical and unconscious chaos that needless junk creates by removing anything that unnecessarily litters your home.

Next is colour, which impacts on you emotionally, psychologically and physically, affecting both mood and energy. Begin to become aware of how colours impact you before determining pallet.  If you’re looking to create a calm space then using neutrals and layering in texture through fabrics, rugs and artwork is the easiest way to create that Awaba yoga retreat look and feel.

Plants can inject vivid greens and bursts of colour, from flowers or their pots and stands. By incorporating natural elements into your space, you can create inner calm and peace, and help to clean and re-oxygenate the indoor air. You can also bring the outside in with improved windows and doors.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the to-do’s of daily life. So, take a moment to reflect on what you would like your home to look and feel like and begin by taking small steps each day to create a calm and peaceful home. Remember that small steps will get you closer to your goal than inaction. Alternatively, if you just need help, contact me and let SmartSpace do the work for you.

For more information on this topic please check out the following SmartSpace articles: Thinking Green; 10 Tips on how to use plants & external living spaces to complete your home; Revamp, rework, recycle; How to make your home feel more zen.

NOTE: Images used under Fair Use, and were sourced from a variety of online sources and personal archives. The above commentary is a personal view and not commercial in nature.

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