Five tips for creating a calming home

Our homes should be like sanctuaries – a place to unwind, de-stress, and recharge after a busy day. But with more people working and even schooling from home, there’s more potential than ever for the chaos of daily life into our living spaces.

With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that 26% of Brits think their home isn’t a relaxing and calming environment to spend time in, according to a new study conducted by fitted furniture experts Hammonds.

But what can you do if your home is making you feel more overwhelmed than relaxed? In this article, we’ll share five tips for creating a calming home.

  1. Declutter and simplify

Visual clutter is a major contributor to stress. In the Hammonds study, 60% of respondents said they think having too much clutter is making them stressed at home. So, begin by decluttering each room, discarding or storing anything that doesn’t serve a purpose or meet Marie Kondo’s requirement to ‘spark joy’. Having effective storage plays an important role in reducing clutter. It’s much easier to get mess out of sight when you have clever storage solutions like understairs cupboards or multi-functional furniture.

  1. Harness the power of colour

Most people just follow gut instinct when deciding what colour to paint the walls, but it’s crucial you consider the impact colour can have on your mood. The survey found that 28% of people think dark walls is preventing them from feeling relaxed in their homes. Opt for a soothing colour palette to cultivate a more calming atmosphere in your living space. Think soft neutrals like beige, cream, or pale grey, which are better at evoking feelings of tranquillity.

  1. Embrace natural light

On the other hand, it’s a well-known fact that natural light is a powerful mood booster, so you need to do everything you can to maximise the sunlight getting into your home. Keeping your windowsills clear is an effective way to do this. But consider also cleaning any dirty windows you can’t properly see out of, which 45% of respondents said were ruining their mental peace at home.

When natural light wanes, avoid the harsh electric lighting that spoils the serenity of 41% of Brits. Create a soft and inviting ambiance with layered lighting instead, using table and floor lamps with warm white bulbs, as well as dimmer switches that let you adjust the intensity for different moods.

  1. Create a sensory oasis

The senses play a vital role in helping us feel grounded and relaxed. So, it’s worth including elements that engage your different senses around your home. In addition to using colour and natural light to make your home more visually relaxing, you can invest in plush throws and cushions in soft fabrics to add a touch of cosy luxury. Then use scent diffusers to fill your home with calming scents like lavender or chamomile, masking out any unpleasant smells that 65% of respondents held responsible for their feelings of unease. When it’s time to unwind, try playing calming music or nature sounds to further enhance the tranquil atmosphere.

  1. Welcome nature indoors

Plenty of research shows there are many mental health benefits of connecting with nature. With this in mind, bring the great outdoors into your home by incorporating houseplants throughout your home. If you’re not a confident plant parent, you can choose low-maintenance varieties like snake plants or philodendrons. Or if you’re more green-fingered, you can go ahead and create a restful display of natural textures and colours.

Design your personal sanctuary

By implementing these five simple-yet-impactful design tips, you can transform your home from a source of stress into a haven of tranquillity. Remember the most calming environments are also personal, so don’t be afraid to experiment and personalise these ideas. With a little effort, you can turn your house into the perfect sanctuary in which for you to unwind and recharge after a long day.