Updated: Apr 28, 2020
Burning the candle at both ends?
Restful spaces are so important in today’s fast paced, work hard - play hard world. We often have to make a concerted effort to slow down and take time to relax. Creating a living environment with calming spaces helps make recharging an easier and less time-consuming process.
Your environment can have a huge impact on your happiness and wellbeing. The mind picks up on triggers, it may not react to them instantly, but it does store them, increasing stress levels without you realising. Piles of clutter around the home, a messy bench when you are trying to cook or dirty clothes on floor are all contributing factors.
Designing a home to help manage these factors can be so easily done. Practical things such as additional storage and the right kitchen flow can help lighten the tidying load. Simple elements such as calming colours, light and functional streamlined furniture can help you love and relax in your space even more.
Another idea is to maximise indoor-outdoor connections or add a spot of nature. House plants are one of the easiest and most affordable ways to calm a space. Many help detoxify the air, improving air quality, while creating a relaxing aesthetic. Plants have long been known to help reduce stress levels, along with helping reduce mental fatigue.
Designing a nook within the home can also be a fabulous way to inject some calm into a space. It can be cosy, it can be comforting, or it could just be a hideaway.
In a bustling house a nook could be your special place to relax, read a wonderful book, eat some delightful treats or just sit. I’ll take mine with a glass of wine!