How To Make Your Living Room A More Relaxing Space
The living room (or lounge) is one of the most important rooms within the house, but it is also one we often neglect. After all, most home renovation guides focus on transforming your bedroom, bathroom or kitchen, despite the fact that your living room will likely act as your family’s central hub.
As a result, it’s important that your living room is a calm and relaxing space – and here are some top tips that you can use to make this possible!
Add a fresh coat of paint. There are plenty of ways to redecorate on a budget, especially when you consider that smaller changes, such as adding a fresh coat of paint to the walls, often have the biggest impact on how a room looks and feels. As a result, if you’re looking to create a soothing or relaxing atmosphere, you should choose soft, relaxing colours such as blue, green and silver.
Relight that fire. Fireplaces are an asset to any home; they provide you with some extra heat and warmth, while also creating the perfect focal point to centre the rest of your furniture around. Furthemore, spending time in front of a crackling fire can reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, therefore promoting relaxation. However, as fireplace maintenance can be a cause of headaches, it’s better to steer away from traditional log fires and toward log effect electric fires. This way, you can ensure the visual effect of a log fire, without the upkeep.
Get rid of the clutter. Getting rid of clutter is about more than making your home less chaotic, it can also help you to relax. This is because, even when we are trying to ignore it, “clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli, causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren’t necessary or important.” As a result, if you’re finding it hard to relax in your living room, it may be time to do a little bit of decluttering. You can reduce clutter in the home through regular cleaning, while also ensuring you invest in plenty of storage options for the space.
Make the room brighter. Making your living space brighter is also associated with lower levels of stress and anxiety. This is because natural light can help to suppress the production of your body’s stress hormones, such as cortisol, while also boosting mood-lifting endorphins such as serotonin. As a result, making your living space brighter, such as by installing lightweight blinds instead of heavy curtains, is a great way to make your living room feel much more welcoming.
Focus on comfort. Making sure your living room is as comfortable as possible will also help when it comes to relaxing in the space. For example, you should invest in some quality throws and cushions that will make your sofas and chairs that much more inviting. The great thing about decorating with throws and cushions is that you can change them up regularly. For example, when the holidays roll around you can use them as a way to bring the festive spirit into your home.
This post is in collaboration, however all opinions are my own.