Ideal for the coming months spent indoors.

You don’t have to tell us twice that modern life can be incredibly stressful. Yep, modern life can be incredibly stressful, and this year has been perhaps the most stressful of the lot. It’s also been a period of time when our domestic spaces have really, truly come into their own; offering a personal safe haven, and a sanctuary from the troubles of the outside world. 

With future lockdowns looking likely and working from home once again encouraged by a constantly U-turning government, it’s certainly true that we all want – no, need – our homes to be as calming as possible. Relaxation, recuperation, rest…it’s so essential to our continued sense of wellbeing as the long, cold nights draw in.

Sadly, not all of us are blessed with the interior design know-how to make the most of our living spaces. In fact, the way your house is laid out and the manner in which you keep it may be nurturing an environment that is actually increasing your stress levels. 

Fortunately, you don’t have to undertake an ambitious renovation project to remedy this. There are several, simple tweaks you can make to turn your home into the peaceful, serene space that it should be. With that in mind, here are 5 interior design tips to help reduce stress, IDEAL for the coming months spent indoors.

CHANNEL CHROMOTHERAPY & CALMING COLOURS

Ever heard of chromotherapy? Also known as colour therapy, this is all about using colour to stimulate wellbeing. According to the practice, different colours and shades have different wavelengths and significance, all of which can have a meaningful impact on our moods.

For a calming environment, apply the practice of chromotherapy to your home’s interior by using soothing colours to combat stress. Colours like cream, beige, and faint pastel shades tend to be more relaxing than bold colours like red or orange, which can stimulate a strong emotional response.

That said, the right shade of orange help you feel calmer. Indeed a warm tone in that shade can be reminiscent of the colour of the sunset – one of nature’s most calming and peaceful phenomenons – which in turn can help rebalance your mood. It’s also acknowledged within chromotherapy that purple has a calming effect and encourages us to separate from the material world, which in turn can help reduce stress.

Of course, colour is personal and depends on your own, unique preference, so chose a colour that is peaceful to you. If you don’t have time to give the walls a fresh coat of paint, consider replacing bedsheets, cushion covers, and other fabrics in the colour of your choosing to give a quick injection of colour.

KEEP THINGS TIDY

It sounds obvious, and it might put them out of a job for its stark simplicity, but it is probably the most important piece of advice any interior designer can give you. Yep, the best thing that you can do to make your living space calm, soothing and tranquil is to keep it tidy

If you struggle to do this, a good place to start is to make sure that everything has a place, its right one, as Thom Yorke once intoned. If you don’t have enough storage space, check out some of our tips on maximising the space in your home here. You won’t regret it!

USE PLANTS

Indoor plants can be a stylish and pleasing addition to your living space, and they bring some reputed stress-relieving qualities, too. As well as being aesthetically pleasing, houseplants have been said to possess various health benefits, such as reducing stress and boosting your mood, creativity, and productivity. Plants absorb toxins and produce oxygen, enabling you to breathe more easily. Plants such as cacti, succulents, and peace lilies are popular houseplants, and are easy to look after. Watering and taking care of a plant can also bring a sense of routine that can in itself be calming and good for the soul, too. There really is no reason not to!

MAKE THE MOST OF NATURAL LIGHT

Sunlight is a natural source of melatonin and Vitamin D, both of which play a large role in regulating our moods and sleeping patterns. Natural light almost always brings a room – and conversely, the inhabitant – to life, injecting positivity and optimism into the outlook of those who step within it.

If you want to make the most of natural light, avoid curtains and opt for blinds or shutters. The natural light experts at London Interior Shutters suggest that the best way to maximise natural light in your bedroom is via ’shutters (which) allow full access to expose the windows by simply folding back the shutter panels…they can be fully open for maximum natural light whilst still retaining a certain level of privacy. They are completely adjustable so can be altered at different times of the day’.

As rule of thumb, you usually want to avoid putting things in front of windows as much. Doing so blocks out light and can make a room feel dingy. However, these are unconventional times, so if possible, consider moving your bed or a comfy seat next to a window so you can bask in any sunlight streaming through the windows. Another way to increase the amount of natural light in a room is to strategically place a mirror opposite the room’s window so that it reflects the light, as well as opting for lighter coloured walls, which are adept at bouncing natural light around a room.

USE LAYERED MOOD LIGHTING

Unfortunately, natural light is not always available. Particularly pertinent in the coming months, when it gets dark outside and you want to create calming, cosy vibes, layered mood lighting can really set the scene. Lamps and candles are usually better than overhead lighting at creating a serene living space, with just the right amount of shadow cast, and that perfect balance between illuminated and lowkey. Why not try using a dimmed floor lamp in conjunction with a small desk lamp, and perhaps some scented candles for best results?