Home should be your respite, and with the rising popularity of mindfulness, the value placed on inhabiting a calming environment has never been higher. Here are a few of our favourite tips on incorporating mindful home design.
- Consider a focus on scent. Fragrances affect brain function and can trigger emotion. Whether it’s memories of the beach, a tulip garden or spa, candles, essential oils, incense and room sprays can create an atmosphere of relaxation.
- Open up your entryway. Havenly reminds us that the first thing we do when we arrive at home is unload. Keys, coats and any carry-ons are often immediately discarded and can instantly create physical clutter, which will subconsciously affect your emotional clutter. The site suggests hooks for coats and bags, bins and baskets for umbrellas and dog leashes, and minimization of flat surfaces to avoid the impulse of dropping items there.
- Calm your colour palette. Calming colours are typically lighter shades of blue or green, grey, or other dusty, muted shades. Blues and greens provoke feelings of nature. Avoid bright colours like reds and oranges which tend to provoke excitement and the anxiety you’re trying to diminish.
- Avoid the use of mirrors. Brit + Co. notes that in feng shui, mirrors are said to bounce off energy, which can promote restlessness. The website suggests removing mirrors from mindfulness hubs like bedrooms and living rooms, and to limit them to the bathroom or hide them behind closet doors.
- Light up your space. Lighting has a big effect on a room. Fluorescent lights can cause anxiety. Warm, natural lighting can create an uplifting atmosphere, so consider bulbs that mimic natural light. Install dimmer switches in areas where you may multitask, like the living room, which may also require some lamps if work areas are present.
- Keep the screens away. Your Zen space should be screen-free. Leave the technological distractions like televisions, iPads and computer monitors in another room, as too much screen time disrupts the body’s clock and has been linked to anxiety and depression.
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