Wish you could transport yourself to a tranquil oasis, far from the bustle of everyday life? We can’t beam you to a private island, but if you want to create a peaceful retreat at home, we've got a few tips and tricks. Choose from these 10 ideas to infuse your home with a calming, peaceful vibe.
1. Opt for solids and subtle patterns.
Busy patterns have their place, but if you’re aiming for calm, then solid fabrics are your friends. Don’t be afraid to include subtle patterns that add textural interest without competing for attention.
2. Bring in natural materials.
Natural elements bring a calming energy that is beneficial in every room. Think woven baskets, natural-fiber rugs, unvarnished wood and natural collections of all kinds. Seashells, stones, driftwood, pressed leaves and flowers — anything from nature goes.
3. Use restful hues.
This will mean cool, watery blues and greens for some. But cool colors aren’t the only hues that can have a restful influence — if blues aren’t your cup of tea, try muted shades of rose, taupe, peach or mocha.
4. Use plenty of closed storage.
Visual noise is anything you can see that stresses you out — reduce this, and your space will immediately feel calmer. Use closed cupboards, drawers and closets to hide most of your belongings, and be discerning about what you choose to keep on display.
5. Get the light right.
Natural light is always preferable to artificial, so during daylight hours keep window treatments open — or, if an unattractive view is an issue, opt for sheer curtains that let the light in. As the light begins to fade, reach for the soft glow of string lights, candles, lanterns and lamps rather than the glare of overhead lighting.
6. Hide your tech.
Nobody wants to stare at a tangle of cords. When possible, choose smaller, wireless devices that look less obtrusive even when left out in the open. Tie up cords in a media center so they are not visible, and dedicate a single drawer to storing all of your chargers, power cords and small tech devices when they’re not in use.
7. Soothe with the sound of water.
A softly burbling
can bring the sound of nature to a city apartment, add a soothing soundtrack to your garden and mask the sounds of noisy neighbors.
8. Carve out some breathing space.
Whether you use the space to meditate, do yoga or just sit and take a few deep breaths, having a space where you can get away from the bustle of daily life is worth the effort.
9. Create an outdoor sanctuary.
To design an outdoor space that is calming and restful, think about incorporating privacy, lush plants, good smells and pleasing textures. Make this a place for quiet chats and solo reflection.
10. Be choosy about the little things.
Make it a goal to have less stuff overall but more things you love. Gradually let go of items you don’t love, and take your time choosing when you need to buy something new. Having just the right teacup or footstool is worth the wait.