7 Decor Tips That Will Empower Your Home and Your Soul

01 December 2017

The emotions sparked by the aesthetics of our environment can shape our relationships with people that surround us and with ourselves. So, if you want to make some changes to your home decor that will empower both you and your home, here’s where you could start.

Many studies show that our environment affects our thoughts, our mood, our feelings and our overall well-being. The emotions sparked by the aesthetics of our environment can shape our relationships with people that surround us and with ourselves. So, if you want to make some changes to your home decor that will empower both you and your home, here’s where you could start.

1. Embrace a minimalist color palette

The minimalist color palette that involves soft, washed pastels can totally revamp your home and help you relax, recharge and live mindfully. Think soft neutrals, mint green, sandy pink and mild greens for your new and empowered home.

2. Create a Zen oasis

If you have a room in your home that rarely gets used or a corner that has been sitting empty, you can easily turn it into a space for exercising your body and your mind. Create a Zen oasis for yoga and meditation that will surely make you feel relaxed, stress-free and centered. In order to decorate the space, bring in some soft lights, like candles or string lights that will help you create the right atmosphere. You can also bring in a speaker to play some chill-out and ambient music, or get a pair of good wireless headphones if you don’t live alone. If you want to achieve complete relaxation, you have to be comfortable. So, equip your Zen oasis with some pillows or yoga bolsters for even better support.

 

3. Declutter for peace of mind

Many people report feeling stressed out when they are surrounded by clutter. Their levels of cortisol (or stress hormone) rise with the clutter in their homes or workspaces. However, decluttering will decrease stress, clear your mind and your home, and let you breathe easily.

4. Enjoy your outside space

If you’re lucky enough to have a garden veranda or a balcony that overlooks a park, a river or has an ocean view, make sure to use it to your advantage. These outside spaces are great for relaxation, family and friend bonding and connecting with nature. Hanging out at a balcony or veranda will also allow you to breathe in some fresh air and soak up some sun. Sun provides us with essential Vitamin D that boosts our immune system and improves our mood. Additionally, gazing at nature also has positive effects on the human mind. It improves focus, reduces symptoms of ADHD and encourages creativity.

5. The relaxing powers of greenery

Keeping hanging gardens or potted plants in your home has more benefits than just aesthetic ones. Plants do look great in any space, but they also have many physical and mental benefits. They keep our indoor air quality at optimal levels, reduce noise pollution, enhance our cognitive functions and improve focus. Having potted plants in your environment also relieves stress and anxiety. However, plants in more neutral colors have a relaxing effect while plants with bold and colorful flowers can feel energizing, so pick your indoor plant according to your requirements.

6. Light up your home

A flood of natural light will have a great effect on your home and your life, so let the sunshine in as much as you can. Natural lighting will help you start your day on a high note, lift your mood when you’re feeling down and make you more productive and motivated. Sunlight also makes you more alert and helps battle depression and cognitive decline later in life, plus you’ll save up some money on your electricity bill. So, if you can, invest in installing big windows, especially in your living room and kitchen which will make your daily tasks much easier. You can also add skylights to your space as additional sources of natural light. However, if you don’t feel like renovating right now, you can improve natural light flow by improving your window treatment. Replace your old and thick curtains with some airy bright ones or install Venetian blinds.

7. Reorganize your kitchen

Most interior designers agree that the living room isn’t the heart of the home anymore and that the kitchen took over its place. Spending time in the kitchen boosts feelings of comfort, warmth, protection and community. Aside from being a place where you prepare your healthy meals and keep your family full and happy, the kitchen is also a place where you can be social and share stories with your loved ones. So, it should be both a functional and social space for your family. However, if you want to use the full potential of this space, make sure you orient your counters and food prep surfaces so you can face your family and communicate with ease.

Your home should be a place where you can always find peace and comfort and a place that will inspire you and empower you to achieve great things. These design tips will certainly help you feel strong and healthy both mentally and physically, so get decorating.

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Chloe is an art historian and recreational ballet dancer. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. She also enjoys learning and writing about home design, since she is crazy about aesthetics. She is a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator.