How to Make Your Space Feel More Inviting/Relaxing
Everyone wants to walk in to a calm and peaceful home after a stressful day at work. It’s easy to make any space a cozy and relaxing environment. There are a few key pieces that will automatically transform any room.
- Colors: The color palette that you choose can greatly impact the way that you feel. Having loud bright colors may look fun in the store, but when you get home and put them together, it can create an uneasy space. You want a cohesive color palette of 2-3 colors that pair well together. One of those colors can be bright, but the others should be soft or muted colors. Neutrals are always an easy way to know you’re in the safe zone. Soft accent colors can tie the room together and make you feel at ease.
- Softness: Adding softness to any room is an excellent way to make the room a little more cozy. Having lush carpets on the hard surfaces is a good way to start. An area rug for the living room and bath mats in the bathroom warm the hardwoods up and make it feel more inviting. Have plenty of pillows on the sofa and chairs, as well as throw blankets. Even a lightweight throw during the warm months can make the room feel more inviting. Don’t skimp on your bedroom. Get high quality bed sheets and comforters. You want to happily anticipate jumping back into bed to get a great night’s sleep.
- Lighting: The lighting is one of the most crucial pieces to creating an inviting space. Harsh overhead lighting does not set a relaxing atmosphere. Have plenty of lamps for soft ambient light at night, and wide open windows to let in natural light during the day. Having different sources of soft lighting around the house will make the space more intimate and cast a mood setting light to calm your mind.
- Clutter: It may seem like a chore, but getting rid of excess clutter creates a healthy space for both your body and mind. When you have an eyesore sitting in the corner, it’s hard to relax. Remove any unwanted things and file away papers where they belong to stay organized. If you keep up with it a little each day, then it won’t build up and become a chore. Having a clutter-free space will let you move freely and clean more readily, and will make your apartment a stress-free environment to work and relax.
- Scent: Our mind is closely connected to our olfactory sense. Remove anything that has an offensive odor, or clean it well to remove the smell. Have scents around that remind you of pleasant things. Warm vanilla, lavender, and clean cotton are all great mild scents that are perfect any time of year. Lavender and eucalyptus are known to relax and rejuvenate the mind. By having your room permeated in a pleasant scent, your mind will drift and let your stress melt away.
- Greenery: Having a growing and living thing in the home immediately soothes the mind and creates a relaxing environment. You can have potted plants in the windows, or you can have vases of cut fresh flowers around the house. The little touches can go a long way to make the house feel more like a home. It’s not a frivolous expense when it makes you happy and changes the way you feel when you walk in the door.
When you live in a space that promotes relaxation, you’ll sleep better, enjoy your time more, and want to stay curled up on the sofa reading a favorite book. Be proud of what you create and invite friends over to stay in your cozy new apartment. They’ll be impressed with the transformation and never want to leave.