Since we’re all living particularly busy lifestyles, having a place where you can stop for a second, take a deep breath and relax becomes almost mandatory. It’s important to remember that, aside from taking care of your physical well-being, you should pay close attention to your mental well-being as well.
Even though exercises such as yoga and meditation can help truly put our minds at ease, if the environment you are surrounded with on a daily basis is hectic, these exercises won’t make a real difference. Therefore, in order to truly be abler to practice mindfulness, you should rethink your home’s design and see if there’s any room for improvement.
Indulge your senses
Our surroundings affect us on the subconscious level more than we realize. Therefore, you should strive towards creating an environment that fosters peace and relaxation and make sure that it’s as pleasant as possible. You can do this by indulging your senses. Fill your home with pleasant scents either with fresh flowers or by using essential oil diffusers, make sure there’s calming music playing softly in the background and please your eyes by placing your favourite accessories on the display throughout your home.
Mind the colours
The proper use of colours is another key element of mindful interior design. Typically, various natural hues are the best way to go. These include earthy tones, as well as different shades of blue and green. However, if you like a particular colour that is not so commonly found in nature, you can implement it in the design with various accent pieces. Additionally, using the power of natural colours doesn’t only include painting your walls a different shade or replacing your carpet. The beauty of exposed natural hardwood floors and polished wooden furniture can also do wonders for your peace of mind.
Boost the indoor air quality
This may come as a surprise, but the indoor air can actually be up to ten times more polluted than the air outside. Therefore, if you really want to create a healthy environment in your home where you will be able to practice mindfulness to the fullest, make sure that your indoor air quality is as high as it can possibly get. Aside from maintaining, cleaning and airing out your home regularly, you should also consider getting a quality whole house air purifier to make sure that you provide everyone living in your home with fresh, safe and clean air that’s free of any allergens and other harmful particles.
Use natural light as much as possible
Furthermore, it has been proven that natural light brings a lot of benefits regarding our mood and overall well-being. Being exposed to natural light boosts your vitamin D levels – which is important for absorbing calcium and preventing diseases such as depression and weight gain, it makes us more awake – which does wonders for our productivity, and it generally affects our mood in a positive way – reduces the chances of suffering from SAD, better known as Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Surround yourself with nature
Nature has unbelievable healing powers when it comes to both our physical, as well as mental health. So, what better way to implement and practice mindfulness in your home, than by filling your interior with all sorts of plants? The beauty and diversity of houseplants can evoke the feelings of peace and serenity, which is definitely something we all need in our living environments.
Create a meditation corner
Finally, in order to truly implement mindfulness in your interior, make sure you designate an area of your home for meditation. Find a nook that’s not particularly busy with traffic – the more peaceful the better – and turn it into your own Zen area. Here, aside from making sure that you have plenty of fresh air and natural light, you can use other decor elements, such as a comfortable yoga mat or even a soft area rug, colorful throw pillows and soothing scented candles to create a special place designed to help you relax at the end of a busy day.
As you can see, practicing mindfulness is not only advisable, but it also becomes virtually necessary. With such fast lifestyles, all of us seem to be leading these days, having a place and an opportunity to cast off the built-up stress truly means a lot. So, inspect the current design of your home and see what you can do to it to make the design more holistic. You’ll see, by implementing mindfulness in your home, you’ll feel much more relaxed and your overall well-being is bound to improve.
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About the author: Stella van Lane is a home design consultant based in Sydney. She spends her free time blogging. Stella is in love with coffee, chocolate, music, books, and good vibes. Her top interests are health, yoga, meditation, and interior design. She enjoys helping other people by sharing her experience and knowledge.