Creating a living space that meets physical needs, but also benefits our health and wellbeing too, is more important than ever in today's hectic world.
Here are some simple tips on how to form a peaceful sanctuary to relax and recharge in, from Rebecca Snowdon, interior style advisor at Furniture Choice.
The perfect colour palette
An effective way to create a relaxing environment is by decorating with a calming colour palette.
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Try to avoid drastic colour changes from room to room, instead keep tones consistent in order to achieve a well balanced, calm flow throughout your space. If you’re green-fingered and love to stay in tune with nature, earthy tones such as sage, beige and taupe are ideal choices. Other alternatives include greys, light blues and purples or if you prefer bold colours, incorporate a splash of bright shades against neutral tones.
Be sure to display personal accessories that mean something to you, such as souvenirs, homemade trinkets and gifts.
Other effective accessory options are those that add to the mood and help you shut off from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Go with accessories that will easily switch up the feeling of the room, such as aroma diffusers or scented candles. Pair with cushions and throws for the perfect cosy feeling.
Nothing sets a mood like lighting. If you ensure your home has access to many light sources, there won’t be a feeling you can’t induce. Use large windows and French doors to bring in natural light. Dot candles and lamps around the space to bring a soft, warm tone when you’re ready to come home and relax.
When using neutral tones, it’s easy for a space to appear big and empty. Fill up the space with inviting textures such as plush sofas, soft blankets and fluffy faux fur rugs.
The perfect thing about these extra touches is that they’re cheap and easy to introduce. Not only will you set the ideal cosy tone, but your space will appear warmer. This will make it the perfect place to disconnect, and focus on re-energising with maximum comfort.
The power of nature on the mind is undeniable. It offers the serenity we’re all after at the end of a tough week. So when you live in a climate like the UK, how can you get those benefits without sacrificing warmth and comfort?
Bring the outside in with a few simple decor choices and accessories. Small additions such as wooden textures, indoor plants and green tones are simple ways to embrace the outdoors from the comfort of your sofa. Or try growing your own indoor herb garden for an attractive and delicious home accessory?!”