There’s a fine line between collecting and hoarding.
We often find that we have begun collecting items without noticing, whether that is a favourite magazine, or strange trinkets from family holidays, and the bits and pieces begin to build up. Some of these items may have sentimental value, but holding onto them without properly displaying each trinket uses up valuable storage space.
As we know, it can be cleansing for the soul to work from a blank canvas, so we’d recommend choosing a room to start with, and completely clearing it out. Remove old furniture, strip your dated wallpaper and decide which items are to be trashed or treasured. Once you are left with the bare essentials, you’ll begin to get a feel for how you want to transform your space for it to become a tranquil escape from the pressures of daily life.
We recently did some research to find out which room people would most like to renovate in order to make their home feel more peaceful, and unsurprisingly the most popular answer was the living room, where .
The living room was closely followed by 21% of respondents hoping to exercise their green fingers create a garden sanctuary in which they can switch off and enjoy some sunlight. And finally, 18% of people felt that they'd like to re-vamp their bedroom to ensure a good night's sleep.
We also looked at which types of scenery gave people an impression of peace, and we’ll talk you through how you can incorporate these to inspire calm in each room, resulting in a laid back, happy home.
The Living Room
It is extremely important to ensure that this room is free from clutter, and provides a welcoming and calming atmosphere for your friends and family. First impressions count for a lot so it’s important to get this right!
Our research also showed that a beautiful sandy beach inspires calm in 63.6% of people, so incorporating this into your living room decor could be a great place to start. Coastal colours such as sandy beiges and ocean blues should play a key part in your theme, as you incorporate sun-bleached furniture to add a gorgeous rustic vibe.
No seaside scene is complete without plenty of light, so ensure that your light is well distributed throughout the room, using bright fluted spotlights to highlight dark corners. To help bounce that light around, a decorative sunburst wall mirror would be a fantastic focal piece, inspiring happiness and warmth in your favourite room.
To ensure that your home remains clutter-free, you need storage where you can hide important letters, remote controls and other unsightly bits and bats! A good cabinet will provide you with some large drawers to store all manner of household clutter.
With the British weather as unpredictable as it is, it often means we only have two, maybe three weeks to sit outside and enjoy the small amount of sun we get. This may mean that some choose to neglect their garden outside of the summer months, resulting in a messy wilderness, but looking out onto a peaceful patio could do wonders for your home.
As 21% of people want to going with their gardening, our survey also showed that the second most peaceful scene is a woodland forest, with tall trees and beautiful bluebells coming up from below. British weather is essentially perfect to encourage this sort of growth, so we’d recommend that you choose a colour scheme and create gorgeous woodland-inspired flowerbeds which will sport bright colours throughout the year.
Denise Wickell, a registered aromatherapist with over 20 years experience and founder of Prima Body, reminds us, "There's a huge difference between relaxing "scents" and authentic essential oils which support your health and wellbeing. It is important to avoid synthetic chemicals and embrace what nature gives us."
Snowdrops are the ideal way to start off the year, as they often are the first to bloom, inspiring thoughts of growth and prosperity during the coming year. daffodils and bluebells will flower during the first months of Spring, giving a hint of the summer colours yet to come. Summer-flowering plants such as marigolds, petunias and zinnias all come in a variety of shockingly bright colours, and will entice a variety of wildlife into your space!
We've also spoken to Danièle Ryman, aromatherapy expert and founder of Aromadore Ltd, who suggests growing a lemon or orange tree indoors, as it produces a wonderful, calming aroma as it flowers.
Danièle recommends growing lily of the valley in May, as it grows quickly and provides a scent which is good for the heart and soul. You should plant rosemary near to your kitchen window, as not only can it be used in cooking, but the scent blown in by the wind is extremely uplifting and brings positive scents to the room.
As well as being visually appealing, plants such as lavender and honeysuckle bring luscious scents with the seasons, giving you the ability to sit back and receive a free aromatherapy session.
If you have a large patio area, and not much space to create flowerbeds, introducing some vintage planters is an ideal way to keep your garden flowering through the year. Ensure you have somewhere comfortable to sit back and take in the natural beauty surrounding you, or a stylish bistro table to enjoy an al fresco coffee with friends.
Winding down after a long day can be difficult, especially if your bedroom doesn’t promote a sense of peace. Your bedroom should be free of distractions, including TVs and computers, in order for you to get a good night’s sleep. Our third most popular peaceful scene was that of a spa, which fits in perfectly with the bedroom! Where else would you allow your worries and stresses be left at the door, for you to unwind and drift off into peaceful uninterrupted sleep... We’re dropping off just thinking about it!
The focal point of any bedroom is the bed, so ensure that you invest in a mattress which gives you a restful night's sleep, providing plenty of support and space. Next to your bed you should have some storage where you can place a good book, a warm cup of tea, or display a photo which inspires calm and happiness. This wooden side table is reminiscent of a spa, as it incorporates a touch of nature into your daily life.
As with a spa, soft lighting creates a relaxing ambience, and our ceramic wall light gives off a warm glow of flattering light. Opt for neutral or pale colours such as beige, green or blue to make the most of the soft light.
Scents such as lavender, jasmine and chamomile are touted for their soothing properties, and scented candles will help towards enriching the calm atmosphere within the room. Place four or five candle votives around the room for a beautiful scattering of flickering candlelight.
No spa would be complete without a buddha figure to inspire enlightenment and encourage meditation. Buddha serves as the founder of the Buddhist practice, which promotes a peaceful way of living, developing the qualities of awareness, kindness and wisdom.
When Inspiration Strikes
As your last summer holiday fades into a distant memory, and you begin planning your next camping trip or spa break, creating your own personal sanctuary which you can return to whenever the feeling strikes will ensure that you’re never far from total relaxation.
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