While Hawaii has a reputation for being laid-back and relaxed, we have our share of stress. That is why it is so important to create a space at home that helps you relax and enjoy life. Locals deserve to have a space that feels like a vacation everyday.
Start with Color
Most people know that some colors excite you while others are more soothing. Whether you are doing a major remodel that includes repainting or just adding some small updates in the form of accessories, you can choose colors that create the environment you want in your home. Cool shades like blues, greens, and even lavenders are relaxing and calming. Incorporate them into a space with pillows, artwork or through floral arrangements. A pop of yellow in small doses can be cheerful and bring a smile to your face. Just be careful that you don’t overdo it with too much bright color, even if it is one that you like.
One of the easiest ways to create a soothing place is through the sounds you hear. Noise is often the sign of busyness and chaos, whereas quiet signifies peace. Enjoy the sounds of nature either through opening your windows or playing CDs with the sound of rain or a waterfall.
Touch and Smell
Consider the fabrics you use in your home. If they are soft and luxurious feeling, it will make you want to snuggle up and relax. Imagine a plush blanket or pillow placed on your bed or sofa. Silky fabrics also give the impression of luxury and elegance and are inviting. Selecting soft materials for your bed and with your bath towels and other fabrics encourages you to relax. Smell is a sense often taken for granted, but it has a powerful effect on the mind and spirits. Choose fresh fragrances that are soothing like flowers or the smell of the ocean to surround you. If you live close to the water, just open up your windows and let nature herself help you relax. Two things are important for creating a space where you can relax. First, reducing clutter is essential. Studies have shown that cluttered areas cause people to feel more stressed out. If you have a lot of belongings in your space, either get rid of them or pack them away. Even too many decorations and accessories can result in a feeling of chaos. Instead, switch them up according to the season.
The second thing you need for a soothing space is a feeling of harmony. Your home should flow from one room to another and it should suit your personality.
Regardless of what is in style or what the trend experts say, if a style doesn’t suit you, don’t use it. After all, a soothing space is one that makes you feel good – no matter what that looks like.