It’s no secret that your environment can have a direct impact on your overall well-being. Here are some tips for crafting an inviting home that can have a positive effect on your lifestyle in the new year
1 Carve Out a Relaxing Nook
It’s important to balance a busy schedule with sufficient downtime. For that reason, design an area in your home that’s reserved for reading or meditating if that’s more your thing.
2 Embrace Nature
Embracing nature in your home goes beyond just incorporating greenery into your space. Orient areas in a room based on the time of day when the best light hits. For instance, it might be helpful to design a reading nook exactly where the sunlight tends to pour in from behind you when reading. If you have an outdoor area, make it more inviting so you’re more likely to spend a little more time enjoying the sunshine.
3 Avoid Feeling Confined
The best way to avoid feeling like a prisoner in your own home is to take advantage of your windows. Keep windows clean and pay close attention to where seating is placed in your home. You can also try painting a room in a lighter colour that makes you feel at ease.
4 Aim for Good Circulation
The flow of circulation is crucial in a home. If you are designing a new home, opt for wide corridors to allow for easy movement between rooms. Decorating with books and plants (this is where they come in!) can also encourage relaxed social interactions.
5 Pay Attention to Materials
For a more inviting home atmosphere, selecting furniture material wisely can make a major difference. Use natural materials like marble and wood that feel good to the touch to add an element of zen.
6 Combat Noise
If you live in a bustling city, drywall is your friend. Ask a contractor if installing a layer of sound-deadening sheetrock on the particular walls in question is a good idea. If that’s not an option for you at the moment, a simple indoor water fountain can mask low-level sounds with the healing sounds of water.
7 Declutter, Declutter, Declutter
There’s no way around decluttering your home. Yes, it takes time, but the payoff is significant. If you haven’t read it, check out Marie Kondo’s The Life‑Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Her decluttering approach is simple and works: get rid of things that don’t make you happy, and replace them with those that do.
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