For many of us, our houses are our safe places. Think about it – if you’re feeling sick, or you’ve had a tough day, all you want to do is come home. It is here that we truly take off our masks to reveal our true selves, and it’s also where we rest up for the next busy day. So, you can see why it’s so incredibly important for your house to be a sanctuary of sorts. When you walk into it, you want to feel warm, welcome and embraced. You want to exhale all the tension, and know that you have reached your place of peace and happiness. If that sounds good, keep reading for some tips on how to achieve this.
Plants are great for us as well as the environment, so it’s always a good idea to have some plants around the house. For a lot of people, nature is the place where they feel most relaxed and at peace. Sadly, most of us don’t get to experience this as much as we’d like. That’s why you should bring a piece of nature into your home. If you’re worried about the effort of maintaining these plants, have a look at some indoor gardening devices.
If you’ve ever been to any environment where you’re supposed to relax, such as a spa or sanctuary, you’ve likely noticed that two major components create a peaceful atmosphere: light, and smell. Candles encompass both of these. The gentle flickering flame gives off enough light that you can still see what’s happening, while at the same time creating a peaceful mood. You also get candles in a variety of fragrances, so you can pick one that you like. We suggest something with a relaxing scent, such as lavender. Candles can also play a decorative role when it comes to your home.
Imagine you’re somewhere far away from all the hustle and bustle of your daily life, listening to the slow, relaxing trickle of a stream . . . sounds good, right? There’s a reason that so many people feel relaxed during rainstorms – the sound of water is a natural way of calming down. Just like with plants, incorporating water into your home will truly elevate it to sanctuary level. If you have the money and space, you should opt for an indoor water feature. If that’s not an option, you can get a similar effect by playing an audio recording of water sounds.
Bright, harsh lights have the opposite effect of what we want – they often make people feel anxious or restless. Instead, opt for softer, muted lights. A great tip is to invest in dim lights. Set the level of dimness to low, and then add various other sources of light. As mentioned, candles are good for this, but you can also use alternative light sources such as fairy lights. There are various benefits of muted lighting, so why not give it a go?