Sometimes it’s important to find time to slow down, sit back and relax – especially if you’re constantly on the go. Whether it’s getting everyone out the door in the morning, dropping the kids off at school, working late, grocery shopping, cleaning, getting your workout or cooking for the family, you’re probably longing for at least 10 minutes of relaxation every day. And here’s the best part: You don’t always need a beach to take a breather, as you can even do it in the comfort of your own home. How? By incorporating interior decorating and design ideas that have been proven to boost your mood. Here are a few ideas that will make your long and stressful day seem a bit less overwhelming.
Add sounds that soothe. The calming sound of running water is a sure winner. We’re talking about flowing water in its natural state, not the irksome dripping or rushing faucets! Fountains are the perfect for this. Whether it’s installed outdoors or in; when you need a moment of peace, sit close to a fountain, close your eyes and let your mind drift away.
Scent the air. Lightly spraying a pleasant fragrance in a room can be one of the quickest routes to relaxation. It’s a fact that the receptors in your nose have a direct route to the portion of the brain that affects your well-being. Aroma surely sets the mood of a room and is one of the easiest elements to integrate into a home. Scented candles and attractive perfume bottles cue the eye to expect a soothing experience.
Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine for altering a person’s mood and cognitive function, and essential oils can be very therapeutic. Aerial diffusion of these oils helps not only to add fragrance to the environment, but also in aerial disinfection. The smell of essential oils can offer both psychological and physical benefits.
Warm an area with candles. Candles are conducive to both quiet thoughts and lively conversations. Their soft glow also adds a sense of ease to any space. Hence, use them generously in your house. Always keep a supply of tapers, pillars or votives on hand. Candleholders can also give a vintage effect to your home decor.
Use flowers. Flowers are beautiful, inexpensive, and add charm to your interiors. They create a wonderful atmosphere and set a pleasant mood too. Beautiful flower arrangements bring unique shapes, textures, and aroma into rooms. Buy a Himalayan salt lamp. These are hand-chiselled solid blocks of crystal salts that have a beautiful pink colour – often pinkish orange, due to the high mineral content in the salt. In the middle of the hollowed out salt rock lamp is a light bulb that generates both light and heat. These lamps help purify the air, improve breathing, and increase energy levels. Himalayan salt lamps also come in decorative baskets of crystal salt blocks. These baskets look trendy, as the light and heat source underneath creates a soft pink glow.
Bring the outdoors in. Research suggests that being surrounded by natural elements encourages friendlier interactions with others. For a more peaceful home, bring in a couple of houseplants. You could also try hanging a mirror across a large window to maximise outdoor vantage points. Sometimes even hanging landscape photographs on the walls helps.
Work with light. Take advantage of nature’s gift by throwing back the blinds and enjoying the sunlight that comes in. The room will have a more peaceful feeling with gentle sun rays entering the space. Natural light not only reduces tiredness, but can also help you be more focused and attentive, improving productivity. Did you know that restricted exposure to sunlight has been linked to depression? It’s true. So welcome more natural light into your home – you’ll brighten your space and mood at the same time! –Sumana