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10 Sep 2019

Decorate To Create A Calm Space

Whether you’re planning to revamp your bathroom, replace your kitchen or just give your living room an overhaul, it pays to think about what you can do to make your home a more calm and relaxing place.

A recent article for Thrive Global pointed out that how we decorate our homes can have an impact on our mental health, so it’s worth thinking about what you can do to make this a real haven where you can escape from the stresses and strains of daily life.

One of the top things to avoid, according to the news provider, is too much clutter. This applies regardless of which room you’re revamping. Keeping things tidy is part of the battle - having somewhere to put things is the other half of the equation.

Make sure you invest in storage furniture for every room in your home. You could look into options like sofas with storage space beneath them to help make the most of the space you have available.

In the bathroom, picking suitable storage can be tricky. There’s an increasing range of different shapes and sizes of cabinet to help you find something that fits in your space. Don’t forget to utilise the room under your sink either.

Once you’ve tackled the worst of your clutter, you should start to think about colour schemes. The news provider recommends looking to nature for inspiration, which also holds true for materials.

There are some beautiful Italian porcelain tiles with a wood effect, for instance, which are a great way to introduce a natural element to your bathroom.

If you’re keeping your bathroom design relatively simple, with a white suite and plain floor tiles, the news provider has some advice on colour schemes. “Pick deep natural colours. Those tend to mesh well with the average white walls and tile flooring,” the website asserted.

Or you could take some inspiration from interior firm Behr, which recently announced its colour of the year for 2020. The winning shade was called Back to Nature - a green colour that was inspired by meadows and designed to create a restorative atmosphere.

It’s part of a wider colour palette, featuring 15 shades in total, Forbes revealed. Speaking to the news provider, Behr’s president of colour and creative services Erika Woelfel commented: “Back to Nature signifies new life and awakenings, imparting a feeling of vitality. One of the easiest ways to create a space you love is to use colour that evokes certain moods or feelings.”

Bringing nature into the home is one of Thrive Global’s top tips to make your space one you can relax in. Aside from using colours like the one singled out by Behr, you should also consider using plants and flowers.

Fresh flowers can be a great way to introduce a pop of colour to your space, with the website recommending that you use them sparingly to “add a nice touch here and there, instead of being the main decorative focus”.

In the bathroom, you might want to look into which pot plants will thrive in a humid environment, especially if your bathroom has a window and therefore lets natural light in.