Start fresh this New Year by transforming parts of your luxury home into a spa-like sanctuary. Having a clearer space creates freedom from chores and distractions, encourages rest, and brings peacefulness into your space. Whether you’re planning to renovate or rejuvenate, here are a few simple ways you can create a more tranquil home.
Limit the electronics
Electronics can easily make their way into every room of the house. From iPads to Smart TVs, these distractions make it hard to stay calm and focused. Limit screen time by removing some of the unnecessary gadgets in rooms where you go to unwind after a long day of work. We suggest practicing mindfulness meditation for thirty minutes a day instead of heading straight for your laptop.
Incorporate Fresh-Cut Flowers
We love keeping fresh plants and flowers in our homes year-round. By placing fresh roses on your kitchen countertop, you immediately add beauty, color and brightness to your space, with minimal effort. A recent behavioral research study reveals that “people feel more compassionate toward others, have less worry and anxiety, and feel less depressed when fresh cut flowers are present in the home.” Try incorporating fresh flowers in each main room, or opt for a lower maintenance plant such as a succulent for similar calming results.
Designate a “Zen Room”
There’s no better way to create a calming space than to designate a sanctuary. After you’ve chosen a room in your home that is far away from noise and distraction, set it up with neutral furniture, low-light fixtures, and art pieces that inspire peacefulness. Your room should include few electronics; also avoid bold colors and clutter. Design your Zen room with minimalism and earthy tones in mind.
Repaint Your Walls
Earthy neutrals are an excellent choice for a relaxing room, and provide a flattering background for a wide range of paintings, artwork, and sculptures. Consider a fresh coat of soothing blue, warm tan, or natural green for best results. To complete the look, include complementary artwork that isn’t too busy.
The idea of “less is more” holds true when creating a tranquil home environment. Rooms with lots of additional décor, extra furniture, and unnecessary items can actually create more stress for you. Start by decluttering one room in your home, then moving on to the next. Remove unnecessary accessories like picture frames, unneeded table lamps, and coffee table books – or at least pare them down to one or two.
Not sure where to begin? Reach out to our luxury home realtors at Walt Danley for expert advice on starting over in the Phoenix metro area. We’re here to help you find the perfect home for your new tranquil lifestyle.