Redesigning your home usually consists of looking into what style, what color scheme, and what new furniture you want. However, if you are redecorating your home, have you considered how these changes can impact your mental state? More specifically, how this can impact you and your families mindfulness.
In the last year, I became more and more interested in this topic and found myself restyling my home according to a more mindful design. First thing, I removed niche framing on one entire wall. This created an expansive smooth wall that no longer required me to “display” décor in little boxes, and it opened up the room big time. Second, I decluttered the stuff that had no function and no meaning to me. Then, I painted all my walls in a neutral color. I replaced window coverings to create more bright and airy spaces. I also incorporated green by bringing in plants, both large and small.
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
The point is, the first question everyone should ask themselves when redecorating their home is: “What makes me feel good in my home?” We all know that the place where we live highly influences our lives and our behaviors. We all do better when our homes are better.
Dr. Helen Sanderson of the UK combined her background in interior design and psychotherapy to create the Ministry of Calm. In a recent study, Dr. Sanderson’s research showed:
- 99% of respondents said that changing their space can affect how they feel
- 79% of respondents said it was very important that their space supported their well-being
- 40% of respondents said their home reflected the life they wanted to grow into
Your surroundings have a huge sub-conscious impact on your emotions and thoughts. Whether you live alone or with your family or friends, there are many different design elements you can do to help turn your home into a calmer and a more serene environment.
Bringing Mindfulness in Home Décor in 6 Steps:
1) Choose natural materials.
Wood is enjoying a big comeback. Together with all natural materials, such as linens, bamboo, and stones, natural material evokes a relaxed, close-to-nature feel and replies to people’s need for authenticity.
2) Neutral and soft hues.
While color trends have shown us bold and bright colors, a neutral palette in soft hues, no doubt, is the most suitable to create a calm and peaceful home retreat. I lived four years with lemongrass colored walls. Now that everything is light and neutral, I can say I am feeling much better.
3) The value of homemade quality.
While smart home technology is huge right now, there is a high demand for artisanal furniture and items to bring a personal touch into homes. From hand-baked tiles and ceramics to barn doors, adding some handcrafted elements into an interior gives perfect balance into homes. People like contemporary lines, but they like the warmth of bringing an older element into home.
4) Find a place for reading nooks and corners.
Bringing mindfulness into your homes also means finding a space where you can simply relax. Built-in reading nooks or just a corner with a comfortable chair and soft lighting can create a space where you feel well and enjoy time. Blankets, cushions, and plants are a great way to add coziness.
5) Green fingers.
Indoor plants are currently very on-trend, not only because they look good, but because of the health benefits they bring. Being outside for a few minutes can boost your mood, and some studies show that by bringing plants inside they can reduce stress and help with breathing problems.
6) Lighting is key to your mood.
Enabling as much natural lighting into your home can make a world of difference. You also need to consider artificial lighting. Make sure you have the correct lighting in the different areas of your home. For example, use daylight bulbs in kitchens and bathrooms, and softer lighting on dimmer switches in living and dining areas.
Here’s something to consider: We all deserve to have a life filled with meaningful productivity as well as thoughtful, in-the-moment reflection. Sure, you can get an app for that, but think about incorporating mindfulness into your life through home design.
Helen Houston is the owner of Staging Spaces and Redesign. Helen is a certified real estate staging and redesign professional and certified color consultant. A professional has the insight and expertise to turn a homeowner’s inspirations into reality. Using a knowledgeable professional is also a cost-effect way to achieve your goals in a timely and stress-free fashion.