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Have you ever been to a place that is so inviting that you simply don’t want to leave? A place that’s so comfortable and relaxing that you want to spend all of your time there? Are you thinking of your home? Your happy place? Believe it or not, by taking advantage of a few home decor techniques, they can be one in the same. We’re not saying that you should necessarily spend all of your time at home but why not make the time you spend there more enjoyable?
Your home should be both a pleasant and serene place. And the good news is that creating your own personal oasis is not out of reach for basically any budget. Regardless of whether you live in a small studio apartment or a 7-bedroom mansion, there are many easy ways that you can use to create a space that is both inviting and in style.
Declutter – Clutter is probably the absolute worst use of space in the home and home decor sin #1. Make it a point to sort and organize your stacks of bills, magazines, school papers, and other things littering you’re your home. Not only can clutter cause stress and anxiety but if you purge, you are likely to regain valuable space in your home that you forgot you had or never had before. And you may even be able to sell any things that you are no longer using. Instead, use that reclaimed space to create a relaxing area such as a meditation spot or reading nook.
Seating – First and foremost, do your best to arrange your seating (and other furniture) so that you and your guests can navigate easily through each room. Having a clear path will make the space more comfortable by avoiding tripping hazards but will also encourage free conversation among your guests as well due to a more simplified floor plan.
Green Thumb – Plants effortlessly bring vibrancy and new life into a space. Not only are they visually appealing but the scent of some plants such as lavender and honeysuckle are known to have calming and comforting effects as well. It may not be realistic to place fresh cut flowers in your home on a regular basis but many houseplants are inexpensive and easy to maintain indoors.
Use Color – It’s a secret that designers have known for quite some time now but color has the ability to influence our emotions. For example, the color red may trigger a sense of urgency or even anger whereas the color blue may invoke a sense of calm or peacefulness. When decorating each room, consider how you want the space to make you feel and choose your colors based on that.
Smell That? – Remember the last time you smelled that delicious apple pie baking? Or remember the smell of the blooming hydrangeas in spring? Much like color, scents also have the ability to affect our feelings. A scent can remind us of a place or a person and instantly bring back long forgotten memories. Add some of your favorite scents around your home for an instant pick me up.
Lighting – Good lighting is essential to comfort. Lighting that is too dim or too bright can cause eye strain and tension headaches. Place small lamps on bedside tables and install lighting that is a bit brighter next to reading chairs and on desks.
Candles – Candles can help transform the mood of any room with their soft glow. You can incorporate them into the décor of each room by using candles of various sizes to create dimension as well as finding candle holders that fit in with the décor of the room.
Artwork – Add personal touches throughout your home with artwork that you have curated. Whether you create it yourself or buy from a local artist, unique artwork adds character to any space. Choose artwork that is an appropriate size for the space and don’t be afraid to challenge yourself to create a special piece or two.
Small Touches – As with anything else, it’s all in the details. Create an environment that delights you every day. Make an effort to add at least one thing that makes you smile to each room of your home.
Family First – There’s nothing more comforting than family. This is especially true if you happen to live far away from your family. Consider adding items and memorabilia that honors your family’s heritage. Create a picture wall highlighting your family tree or hang a framed flag that represents your country of origin. Focusing on family is a great way to feel centered and stay grounded during difficult times.
It is possible to create an amazing inviting space just by making a few simple changes. Your oasis is waiting.