Even in ordinary times—let alone during pandemic—the stresses of daily life can be exhausting, with challenges coming from every direction. No wonder so many people yearn to make their homes a refuge as well as a shelter.
The good news is that just a few simple changes can make all the difference.
Here are some ideas from Better Homes & Gardens (BH&G) on how to turn your home environment into a serene retreat:
Buy houseplants: We all know that houseplants can be a great focal point in a home, notes BH&G. “However what might come as a surprise is the numerous health benefits associated with them.” Plants help to purify the air and reduce stress and fatigue.
Declutter surfaces: Leaving a jumble of items on every surface creates a sense of chaos. Straighten up bookshelves, desk drawers and countertops so that you can regain a sense of control over your surroundings and calm your mind. Use organizers to group small items in an attractive container. Then, rest easy without the unsettling feeling of clutter.
Choose cool colors: While bright red and purple might speak to a bold sensibility, they don’t do much for inner calm. Choose softer colors, such as dark gray-blue, soft gray, soft neutral green—all complemented with muted hues and pale pastels.
Add fragrance: After a stressful day, it’s nice to surround yourself with subtle fragrance. Try reed diffusers and candles for luxurious self-pampering.
Pick furniture and accessories made from natural wood. What is more calming than nature? Bring the outdoors inside with shelves, wall art or furniture made from beautiful wood. “Whether it’s salvaged, reclaimed, or driftwood, the much-coveted material brings a certain level of tranquility,” notes BH&G.