Importance of a Peaceful Home and Its Psychological Benefits
2nd April 2019
Consider that your home is your personal sanctuary or a place you dread more than the workplace you spend your day in.
In one storyline, it is a messy zone filled with all sorts of clutter that further adds to your stress and anxiety issues.
This type of home sets the tone for each dreadful passing moment.
In the other, more delightful storyline, you have an oasis of a home.
Your house is a place that exudes comfort; somewhere you come to reboot, relax and forget all your worries.
It’s quite obvious which story we would pick and wish to turn into a reality!
Because this seems like such a given, why don’t we make an effort in creating the most beautiful interior that assembles the elements of a peaceful home?
Most of our days begin and end at home, having a pleasant space that synchronises with your mind can help you launch yourself into the world from a less-stressed place each day.
But in today’s’ chaotic world where everything seems to be moving at a fast past; we are either rushing to get out the door in the morning or collapsing on the couch after a long hectic day — creating a tranquil, calm and peaceful space may seem like a ridiculous pursuit.
However, when you consider the value an inspiring place has, it becomes apparent that time and energy put into creating a little more serenity is a form of self-care, one that you feel the benefits of almost immediately: improved mood and positive energy; better focus and less stress; relaxed body, mind and soul; deeper, more restorative sleep; and more importantly, harmony with those whom you share the space with.
Here’s how a tranquil and peaceful environment looks like and the benefits that come with it.
A pared down and organised space
To be able to really relax in your home, you must clear the clutter and visual chaos.
Keeping things out in the open, be it piles of papers, dirty laundry, projects, or even an abundance of furnishings, can make your home look messy all the time; and cause constant feelings of nervousness and irritability.
Clutter can inhibit relaxation and affect your mood significantly, but a pared down and organised space gives your eyes a peaceful place to land.
Minimising the number of objects that collect dust, keeping only the essentials and whatever brings you extra comfort are possibly the best ways to create serenity.
In addition, there is a sense of relief that’s accompanied by decluttering your home — almost a strangely purifying feeling as if you were getting rid of a burden.
Introduce plenty of stylish storage compartments to help keep clutter under control and allow your home to breathe for your own sanity!
“Poorly designed, cluttered spaces are negative and destructive forces in our lives, draining rather than supporting us. Beautiful, calming and uplifting spaces can enhance our lives and improve our wellbeing.” — Helen Sanderson, founder of Ministry of Calm
Materials inspired by nature
Innately as humans, we are designed to appreciate the healthy natural environment for our wealth and wellbeing.
Think of bringing in a soft wool rug, woven baskets, tactile leather poufs, organic-fibre throw cushions, artisanal crafted wood furniture pieces and natural collections of all kinds to help turn your home into a restorative space.
Wood is a familiar material that has been used as a design element in interior spaces for years, and it is empirically known to promote the health and wellbeing of mind and body. “Wooden surfaces make a room feel warmer and cosier and they also have a calming effect. In these properties, wood beats all other normal surface materials.” — Marjut Wallenius, Docent and Doctor of Psychology.
Slow design to your dream home
Major shifts in our lives typically show up in our home firs and putting everything together can feel overwhelming and stressful.
So how about the term ‘slow design’… instead of rushing to ‘complete’ your ‘ideal’ home interior in a couple of weeks, why not treat home furnishing as a process.
This means that decorating becomes an act that is never ‘done’.
How does this contribute to a peaceful home?
It allows you the freedom to create a home that reflects your life and brings you a piece of mind.
You also keep what is innately ‘you’ — and continue to add, rearrange and celebrate new things as you evolve.
Soothing and tranquil colours
Different colours have an impact on our emotional and psychological wellbeing — and how we experience and interact with space.
It can change body temperature, appetite, affect our mood and level of energy.
Colour is personal; hence it’s essential to spend time getting to know how colour affects you — and intentionally choose those that will bring a tranquil feeling to your home.
For some, neutral does not mean calming, and a rich mineral-green or a hot pink can be their ultimate colour of relaxation.
Decorating with plants
Soothing green colour, cleaner fresh air and an organic presence can calm frazzled nerves and give some semblance of peace to the room — plants are quintessential for creating an ambience that exudes comfort, tranquillity and serenity.
Surprisingly, the act of caring for a plant can be mood altering, and give you a sense of inner peace and restoration.
Certain plants can improve sleep quality and therefore, are perfect for bedroom settings: Think Jasmine, Lavender, Aloe Vera, English ivy, Peace Lily and Areca Palm.
We can have the best intentions to keep our homes pleasant and serene, but when life gets overwhelming, it can be easy to lose focus and allow the temporary setback to become permanent. When you take a moment to truly reflect on the things that give a sense of happy fulfilment and peace, it becomes easier to identify what you would like your home and life to look like — and you can begin to take small steps each day to create a space that feels easy and approachable. As with most self-care, creating a calming, peaceful home environment requires constant patience — and no matter how small the steps you take are, they get you to your goal quicker than inaction.