Bringing calm to your home
These days, stress is a defining feature of contemporary life—this past year, 55% of Americans reported experiencing excess levels of stress on a daily basis. Good design might not be able to combat this existential cultural crisis, but it can certainly help us to create spaces that calm and restore us. Interior designers give great advice on how to create serene homes that counter the chaos of everyday life.
Color helps create a mood that ties together a space. Choosing the right color can be one of the easiest tools for manipulating mood within a space. Hone in on what you want a room to feel like. Bright colors are energizing, while muted colors are calming. Select calming colors for rooms that are the places for you to retreat.
When a space feels too designed, it isn’t homey; at the same time, a homey space can also signify ordinary. To find the balance between overdone and underdone, apply the perfect imperfection. Imperfect finishes on a light fixture mixed with a clean white modern countertop. Opposing strategies are balanced for just the right harmony and depth.
Functional Spaces are Serene
Create a space that functions well. Functional design increases the ease of everyday living and it also promotes a sense of calm. You want to feel as though your home is working with you and supporting you as you move through life, and not fighting you at every turn. If something is a part of your life on a daily basis, making it more functional is going to have a big cumulative impact on your level of calm. For example, if you’re a busy mom, that might mean a stroller closet near the entryway or if you love your morning coffee, a set of mugs stored above the coffee maker.
Engage Your Senses
Smell, touch, sound: all of these elements can promote calm, and are just as important as the visual design of a room. Texture always helps to create a richer experience of a space and it is particularly helpful to create a relaxing space because it engages our sense of touch and requires our brains to slow down and engage at the scale of the fingertip. The more you can engage the senses, the more you will impact mood. Think of adding baskets, candles, and art the makes you take a minute to feel, smell or see something that connects with you.
Nature is known to have a calming effect on mood—and although we spend much of our lives indoors, exterior environments still affect our experience of being, and feeling, at home.
If you have a beautiful view and surround, try to avoid cluttering your home with unnecessary objects that feel fake and keep what is natural to the setting. Nothing should compete with one’s connection to nature.