Guest blog by Nick Acaster who is the Managing Director of the home accessories brand Rugs Direct. Here, he shares his top tips for turning your home into a calming oasis, so you always have somewhere to relax.
When life gets hectic, you’ll want your home to be somewhere you can retire to and relax. This means you’ll need to decorate it in a way that makes you feel calm, collected, and cosy. Here, I’m going to talk you through my top tips, from choosing the right colour palette, to using soft furnishings to add a welcoming feel, so your home becomes somewhere you look forward to coming back to each day.
Declutter your space
Having a messy home can leave us feeling stressed and overwhelmed (Psychology Today). So, if you’re looking to give your home a calming overhaul, and you often find it difficult to stay on top of the mess, it might be time for a big declutter.
Keeping surfaces like your coffee table, dining table, and kitchen worktops clear will make a huge difference, so look at why clutter might be collecting there and see if there are any easy solutions you could come up with. For example, are there piles of letters and junk mail that could be thrown out or filed away? Is your wardrobe packed full, even though you only ever wear the same handful of outfits? Have your bookshelves become cluttered with items that shouldn’t really be there?
Marie Kondo has a guide to eliminating clutter, which should really help you to realise what you actually need, and what you’ve been holding on to for no real reason. Take her tips on board and you’ll have a tidier, more calming home.
Decorate with a muted colour palate
The colour scheme of a room can have a huge effect on how you feel. For example, a bright yellow space is likely to make you feel energised, while a space decorated in more muted tones will be relaxing, which is exactly what we’re going for.
Many homeowners looking to turn their abode into a tranquil space will paint all of their walls white and add hints of colour with accessories. But, there’s no reason why you can’t add some different hues to your walls. Just make sure you stick to pastel colours or neutral tones.
Better Homes & Gardens has an in-depth guide to choosing a calming colour scheme, which is well worth checking out. They recommend opting for a monochrome look in your living room, keeping things simple with one standout feature in your bedroom, and picking out some pale cabinets for your kitchen.
Use soft furnishings for a homely feel
You want your home to feel warm and welcoming, so any tension you’re feeling disappears as soon as you walk through the door. And, one of the ways in which you can ensure your house or flat has a homely feel is with some stylish soft furnishings. Not only will they help your space to feel much cosier, but they’ll also give you the opportunity to add some extra dashes of style into a room.
If you have wood, laminate, or tiled flooring, you can help to give this more of a cosier feel by adding some rugs. A living room can really benefit from an area rug that will give your feet a soft landing whenever you leave the sofa, while adding a runner rug to a hallway can make the journey from one room to another far more comfortable.
I would also recommend adding plenty of cushions and throws to your lounge. This is probably where you spend most of your time relaxing, so you’ll want some accessories that are going to make the experience far cosier. And, when you settle down to watch your favourite Netflix show, or you curl up with a book and a glass of wine, you’ll be able to pile up the cushion and pull a throw over you for maximum comfort.
These tips will go a long way towards transforming your home into a calming oasis where you can hide away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Take them on board to ensure your abode is somewhere you always look forward to returning to.