Looking for some ways to de-stress your home? Here are 8 tips to turn your home into a relaxing hideaway:
Turn your bathroom into a spa
What is more relaxing than a soapy bubble bath or a steamy hot shower after a long day? When you start treating your bathroom more like a spa and less like a chaotic prep station, you create a warm, comfortable place to wind down. Here are some ways you can transform your bathroom into paradise:
- Ditch the shampoo bottles – Instead of cluttering your bathroom with bright, noisy labels, squeeze all of your favorite products into some neutral-colored bottles. Try these DIY Pretty Shampoo Bottles.
- Hang some greenery – Bring in some color with hanging plants. Fragrant plants like eucalyptus, rosemary, or lavender will keep your new mini spa smelling fresh.
- Get a bath caddy – Step up your bubble bath game with a bath caddy. You’ll have a place to set a glass of wine or cup of herbal tea, light some candles, and prop up your book while you soak.
Invest in some luxurious blankets and pillows
After you’re done treating yourself in your bathroom spa, wouldn’t it be nice to come out and lay in a giant pile of fluffy blankets and pillows? The key to relaxation is obviously comfort, and big, soft blankets and pillows are an essential in the comfort department. You can find some cozy looking options here, here and here.
Fill your home with luscious green plants or fresh flowers (or both.) Not only are they pleasing to the eye, but they’ll grace your nostrils every time you walk through the door with a burst of freshness. A stuffy home is not exactly conducive to relaxation. Here are some plants that will purify the air in your apartment:
- Bamboo Palm
- Boston Fern
- Peace Lily
- Rubber Plant
- English Ivy
Set the mood with soft lighting
There’s a reason classrooms and offices use harsh florescent lighting: it is not relaxing. At all. Not even a little. It’s basically designed to keep you alert and focused. I mean, it’s also brighter and therefore makes working easier, but still. Not relaxing. Make your home an escape from the bright lights. Hang some string lights, light some candles, and opt for tinted lampshades. If your apartment came equipped with overhead lights, just skip them at night and use smaller, less-harsh lamps.
Nothing soothes a tired soul like a little sweet nostalgia. Surround yourself with happy memories by displaying them throughout your home. Try creating a gallery wall, or look up some other cool DIY projects for hanging photos.
Choose neutral décor
Super bright colored furniture and busy wallpaper might not be as relaxing as they are beautiful. Next time you’re furniture shopping, tone things down a bit and opt for neutral colors, like beige, white, brown, gray, and black. These colors are easy on the eyes and will make you feel a little more at ease.
Let the sunshine in
During the day, open those blinds wide. Natural light is essential to our sleep cycles , as is the avoidance of unnatural, manmade light at night. Buy gauzy curtains, rather than opaque, to let the sun shine through in the mornings.
A busy, cluttered space is a stressful space. This is especially important if your office area is out in the open. It’s hard to relax when important documents are scattered all over your desk in your frame of vision, just as it is when you haven’t tidied up in a while elsewhere. Make sure everything is tucked away at the end of the day, and you’re sure to relax.
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