If we enter a room that’s chaotic—not because of screaming children but because of the colors of the walls and the design features—then our mood shifts. When you think about spas, those spaces are inherently calm by design.
If you want spaces in your home to draw from that same soothing power, check out these versatile ways to create a calming space.
Pay Attention to Wall Color
Our first step to creating a calmer space has to do with the colors you have on the wall. Red isn’t the greatest choice for a spa-like room. Colors affect our mood, and the sooner you pick colors that calm, rather than enrage, the better.
We suggest pale yellows, tamed blues, and muted greens. If you realize that the reason your room isn’t calm is because of the color on the walls, get paint delivered to your home!
Bring Nature Along
The sooner you let nature into the room, the better! Whether you want a spa-like bathroom or a bedroom that helps you sleep, nature is your friend. Easy plants, flowering blossoms, and even little bonsai trees can help center your soul and soothe the room. If you’re not the best with caring for plants, you can at least try fake plants to get (close to) the same effect.
some green ideas to consider
Cut Out Clutter
Clutter is a surefire way to raise tensions in a room. Think about the show Hoarders. When you see those spaces, do you think you’d feel calm walking into the room? Or would your tensions rise?
Even on small scales, clutter does something to our mood. The sooner you take care of clutter, the sooner you create a calming space.
Choose Soothing Scents
If a room stinks, no one is going to feel comfortable. Do yourself and any guests a favor by taking control of the scents in a room. We recommend buying some essential oil diffusers and letting those run and cleanse the air.
Most spas use some sort of diffuser to bring natural and cleansing scents to the room, and you can do the same! Try out lavender, eucalyptus, tangerine, or different blends that specialize in calming the body.
Pick Comfortable Furnishings
Another important way to create a calming space is to add plush, comfortable furnishings to it. If you only have hard chairs and scratchy pillows, then you aren’t going to feel comfortable or soothed.
other valuable tips:
The furniture we choose actually plays a large role in our happiness and comfort. Sure, it may be less expensive to go the route of cheap, hard furniture, but it will end up doing more harm in the long run.
Please the Eye
Lastly, do your best to please the eye. Pulling from all the tips mentioned above, if your eye is scanning nervously around the room, hesitant to stare at the bright yellow walls, not enjoying the furniture set-up, or watering because of the stink in the room, then there’s a problem. In the very least, do your best to make your space a place that your body feels comfortable in.
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