Stress—linked to weight gain, bad digestion, depression, and more—is the enemy of good health. And since it’s hard to control stress-inducing circumstances, at the office, or in traffic, it makes sense to start somewhere simpler: at home.
“It should be a place to relax and shut the world out and your home’s design seriously affects your state of mind,
especially if you’re living in a City.
Here are some insights on how to make your home a paradise you’ll want to wind down in. Here are five ways to
1. De-clutter and get organized
As anyone who’s been driven to tears by not being able to find anything knows, clutter is super stress inducing. If you can fix this you’ll be so much happier. Invest in containers and then memorize the mantra—everything has a place, everything in it’s place. Take a few extra minutes to carve out a specific place for each item, and you’ll save time and sanity in the long run. You can hide that pile of papers you’re just never going to get to in a pretty box—so at least you won’t have to look at it.
2. Bring the outside inside
Studies have actually shown that stocking your space with plants can help calm you down, and the way you feel walking in a nicely groomed garden is a pretty good indication, too. You can invest in some low-maintenance plants like succulents (so that you don’t get stressed taking care of them), and you can also add nature-inspired textures and patterns to your decor.
3. Consider cool colours
If you’re going for more of a relaxing atmosphere, you’ll want to use cool colours like blue hues or soft neutrals.
There’s a reason super bright primary colors aren’t common at spas. Don’t fear combining sweet pastels either; you can break them up with black accents to keep it modern.
Harsh, overhead lights that beam down too brightly are headache-inducing, so stock your apartment with task lamps—desk lamps, floor lamps, and table lamps. Warmer light, produced by halogen bulbs, tends to be more
soothing, but if you want to protect the earth’s health too, choose fluorescent and get a shade that tempers or dulls the brightness a bit.
5. Create symmetry
This is definitely optional, but some designers like to play with symmetry to create a cohesive room. It creates balance in the room .If you’re OCD about picture frames being slightly crooked, then you’ll probably benefit from this
concept in your space, and possibly even sleep more soundly knowing everything is in balance.
By Tola Akerele
Photography: Jellyfish House / Wiel Arets Architects