If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed with your everyday obligations, from work to various errands you have to run all over town, you’re not the only one. These hectic times take their toll on us and our mental health is often affected. This is why a lot of people decide to turn their home into a Zen oasis where they will be able to escape the hustle and bustle of the outside world and feel better. Listed below are some tricks you can rely on when it comes to making your home more Zen. Take a look.
Let the light in
Natural light is one of the most important parts of creating a Zen space as it will make your home bright and airy. Seeing as how we cannot all afford to install floor-to-ceiling windows, we have to look for ways to make the most of what is at our disposal. So, to maximize the light that comes into your home, you should get sheer curtains or completely get rid of them if possible. Furthermore, don’t place items that could block the sunlight near the windows. However, regardless of how big and unobscured your windows are, you will still need some artificial lights. When choosing light fixtures, you should avoid harsh florescent ones and opt for those that are warm, soft and calming. Instead of overhead lights, install task and ambient lighting to create a peaceful mood. Luckily, there is no lack of stores where you can purchase quality lighting fixtures in Australia so you’ll easily find pieces that fit your home.
Choose an earthy colour palette
Another easy step you can take towards creating a more Zen home is implementing an earthy colour palette. This means that you should do your best to avoid vivid and flashy hues as they will not inspire a calming environment. Instead, go for neutral and warm shades. Paint your walls in off-white, beige, grey, greenish or brownish tones to better connect with nature and reach the inner balance. Look for furniture pieces in similar shades to create a relaxing space. Of course, that does not mean that your home should be completely devoid of colour, you can introduce some patterns or prints with your throw pillows and blankets, for example.
Opt for natural materials
In addition to using natural colours, you should also implement natural materials in your home. While changing your flooring might seem like too big of a project, installing laminate that imitates the look of wood or stone is not expensive and will not take too much of your time. In case your floors are already keeping up with this theme, you can also consider some area rugs to make the place cozier and warmer. For instance, sisal rugs or woven reed mats are very versatile and earth-friendly seeing as how they are made from sustainable materials. Then, if you do need curtains for privacy, stick to light materials which will still reduce noise and block draughts. Finally, bamboo blinds are also something to think about.
Introduce greenery into your home
Other than using materials that will bring a touch of nature into your home, why not opt for some actual living nature? Adding greenery to your home does not only come with a ton of health benefits but it will also make your space more Zen. If you have a green thumb, you will have no issues taking care of some more demanding plants such as gardenia, the banana plant or the fiddle-leaf fig tree. On the other hand, you can also look for some low-maintenance varieties that are great for those people who really don’t know what they’re doing when it comes to plants. These include the spider plant, the air plant and aloe among others. Finally, if you prefer flowers that you can replace often, you can consult with your local Darwin florist and choose to have bouquets delivered on a regular basis, so that you have some lively colours in your home as well.
Add a water feature
If you are aware of the main aspects of Zen, then you know that water plays a vital role as well. Running or trickling water can have a soothing effect on your mind and body and help you relax. However, sometimes it can be difficult to add a big feature to your home. While you can build a huge fountain in your living room, it is hardly something everyone can do. Instead of that, you can put a smaller fountain on a coffee table or bookshelf. You will still get to create a tranquil atmosphere.
We often don’t realize how electronics affect your everyday lives. From staring at computer screens for work to constantly refreshing our social media feeds, we are glued to our devices. However, for a Zen home, you should create a no-electronics zone. Of course, this is easier said than done. But, start slowly – make your bedroom an electronics-free area. Don’t scroll your phone endlessly before you go to bed and remove your TV from the bedroom. When it comes to the living room, find a way to hide the TV. For example, create a cupboard that will hide it when it’s not being used. Plus, all the wires and cables really have an effect on the serenity of the space.
Declutter your living space
Finally, none of the previously mentioned tips will work if your space is messy and cluttered. This is why you have to get rid of all the unnecessary things in your home and think about practising minimalism. Start by cleaning your home thoroughly and putting everything back in its place. If you encounter things that have no place, you probably don’t need them. Consider donating them to one of the many charities. Discard everything that is in your way and you will notice that with clear and tidy surroundings, your mind will feel at ease as well. This does not mean, however, that you need to avoid all décor – just keep it minimal and meaningful.
Begin implementing these seven tips as soon as possible and you will start seeing the benefits of your Zen home in no time.
SmartReno can help you find the right contractor for your Decoration & Design project