For the past year or so, most of us have been spending more time in our houses than ever before. While things are finally opening up, it’s clear that having a home that feels like a refuge is more important than ever. Here are five quick and easy ways to help your home be an oasis of calm in an everchanging world.
Try Texture – Everyone’s life is so hectic these days, sometimes you want to actually feel comforted. Rich, contrasting textures like silk and velvet can make a room feel cozy and upscale. Just a few little touches can make a big impact.
Add a luxe throw blanket to your living room, or a and a few soft satin pillows on your bed, and cozying up at the end of a long day will literally feel like home.
Banish Business – Many of us are working from home now, and it’s a trend that looks like it
will continue. No doubt about it, there are some perks that come with ditching the office – No commute! You can work in your PJs! – but working from home has downsides, too. Some people have found that their work hours and personal hours have started to blend together. It’s tough to unplug at the end of the day when you can see your computer out of the corner of your eye.
If you have a laptop, consider putting it (and any other work-related items) in a drawer at the end of the day. If you have a desktop computer or a larger work area, try putting a decorative folding screen in front of your workstation to add some separation between your workstation and the rest of your living area.
P.S. This tip goes for kids and their schoolwork, too!
Go Green – Consider purchasing some plants. Plants look great and bring a pop of color into your space. They can also boost your overall health! Plants can help lower anxiety, increase creativity, and even improve air quality in your home. Since plants have so many benefits, you might want to get some for every room.
Select a Signature Scent – Have you ever noticed that just a sniff of sunscreen can transport
you back to a day at the beach? That’s because, of the five senses, scent is most closely linked to emotions and memories. Use this to your advantage and pick a signature fragrance that makes your house feel like home every time you walk through the door. With all the candles, diffusers and room sprays out there, you’re bound to find a fragrance that’s uniquely you!
Clear the Clutter – No doubt about it, clutter causes stress! Any steps you can take to minimize clutter will improve the overall vibe of your home. Here are a few things that can help. Have a designated “drop area” by the front door where you can easily but neatly store the everyday essentials like mail, keys, and shoes. Invest in hidden storage. Choose a coffee table with a drawer for remotes or an ottoman you can store magazines in so surfaces stay cleared. Visually streamline any collections. You can try grouping like items by size, style, or color so they look organized and purposeful.
About the Author:
Maggie Gillette is a fashion and lifestyle writer with over a decade of experience. She makes fashion fun and décor doable. She enhances everyday with lifestyle tips and tricks. Follow Maggie on Instagram @themaggiegillette.
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