Making your space more calming
A new year doesn’t have to mean a new you. Simply dedicate some time these last few weeks of the year to make yourself feel at peace with yourself and prepared for whatever 2019 has in store for you. A nice way to start, is by saying goodbye to anything that you haven’t used nor appreciated this year. Go through your closet, your drawers, your shelves and see if there is anything you can donate/ give away to someone who can put it to good use. Creating an atmosphere of calm and tranquility in your apartment, room or house is important, especially if you are dealing with a lot of stress on a daily basis. When times are hectic, your space should at least reflect harmony and balance. Here are some tips on how to make your space just that.
A lush green plant in every corner and a bouquet of wildflowers on the kitchen table can truly lighten a place up. Especially if you are transitioning to becoming a minimalist, as minimalism often entails a lot simplicity, neutrals and clean lines. By adding a macrame plant hanger with some English ivy to the ceiling, you can make the place feel much more “homey” and lively.
Prioritize vintage and second hand. That way your space will feel more unique and personal. Besides, vintage furniture is often of greater quality than your regular furniture brands. Maybe an old dresser that once was you grandmother's can now get a new color and purpose? Or if you are planning on remodeling, maybe a set of vintage tiles will do the trick? Furthermore, pre-loved means that you easily avoid supporting unethical trading and wasteful production. So, instead of impulsively buying furniture from IKEA time after time, save your money and spend it on a special gem with a history behind it, at a vintage market.
Neutrals have the reputation of being boring, but that it is not a fact. Colors such as beige, mauve and natural white, combined with fabrics like linen, organic cotton and velvet can create such a serene and luxurious climate. Your surroundings does have an impact on you, which means that whether you experience your surroundings as chaotic or not, will affect you.
Cozy it up.
Dedicate a space just to relaxing - a reading nook, yoga spot or maybe a hammock on your balcony for naps in the afternoon sun? It can be challenging to properly relax in the same spaces that you associate with focus and hard work. Therefore, creating a sacred space, with the soul purpose of being at peace with yourself and your surroundings, can help you unwind.
Use mirrors strategically to make your space feel more spacious and open. This can be a life-saver if you live in a small apartment and feel kind of cramped. Mirrors can also be decorations on their own, with beautiful frames and carvings, meaning that if you don’t have a lot of space to decorate - mirrors can be a great option, as it will not only make your apartment seem bigger, but also look beautiful.
If you truly want your space to radiate calmness, you have to stay organized and decluttered. When picking a closet or a dresser you should always consider its function. Make sure to think like a minimalist if you want your home to be tidy and avoid scenarios where you never can find what you are looking for. By having fewer “things” in general and by keeping an organized storage, you can eliminate time spent on tidying up and create a soothing environment around you.
Choosing sustainable does not only help the planet and feel good, it also looks good. By switching to mason jars, canvas bags, bar soap, stainless steal containers, and bamboo toothbrushes, your home will eventually look like a Pinterest board. It’s a win-win.
Keep it personal.
Remember that your place should feel like home - it should feel like you and mirror your personality. Put your own personal touch on your apartment by displaying trinkets and textiles from travels, hand-made ceramic mugs made by siblings, embroidered pillows from your mother and by painting one of the walls in your favorite color. Another option is to put up different personal photos and art that you love on the wall.
Make your bathroom feel like a spa by adding plants, scented candles, natural colors and textures, rolled towels and olive soap. Make your own spa fantasy come to life. Just keep in mind that less is more and think through what you want for your bathroom before purchasing. Here it is also handy to stay clear of plastic and synthetic products, both for your skin and the looks.