All over the world, staying in is the new going out. This is the ideal opportunity to spring clean your living space and give it a calm and stress-free makeover. The living room is the heart of the home and where we spend the majority of our time when we are not sleeping. It is a place to relax, watch a movie, read some books and spend some downtime away from the outside world. When you are decorating, take inspiration from nature and turn your living room into a sanctuary that you want to spend time in.
Build In Some Storage Space
Living rooms come in different shapes and sizes and conventional storage furniture might not be the most efficient use of your space. Research has found that too much clutter in your living space causes stress and depression. Be ruthless with the things that you need to keep and take the rest to the thrift store. Design experts at J Fisher Interior Design recommend having cupboards fitted into the corner spaces of your living room to store books, DVDs and other personal effects to keep them out of sight. A really popular trend this year is to fit a cupboard space for your television, with lightweight shutter doors so you can close it away. Wicker is a great, natural material to use, giving your space an outdoor feel. Once you have organized your storage, paint your cupboards in clean, neutral colors or light pastels.
Bring in Houseplants
Back in the 1980s, NASA conducted a scientific study that changed the way that we feel about houseplants. They found that houseplants actually improved the air quality of the indoor space that they were placed in. They help to purify the air of pollutants, helping to remove harmful chemicals that can cause headaches and skin irritation such as ammonia and benzene. Even better, houseplants are a wonderful way of bringing nature indoors. In your living room, go for plants with large leaves such as the bamboo palm, the classic spider plant and the Kimberly queen fern. They will help give your living space a restful and calm feel.
Installing Bluetooth speakers
Sound has an enormous part to play in how we are feeling. Imagine you are on the beach, with your toes in the ocean. Or picture yourself in a deep, cool forest, the birds singing around you. These sounds of nature are scientifically proven to help you to relax and reduce stress. In your living room, place some Bluetooth speakers in each corner to create a meditative area where you can practice mindfulness at the end of a long day. You can create an atmospheric space that is perfect for a little yoga or Pilates, or for simply switching off your screens to read a book instead.
Your living room is the perfect place to relax at the end of the day. Take inspiration from nature when you decorate and you can create the perfect peaceful sanctuary.