Between the constant connection our phones provide and the ever-growing list of places to go and things to try, it seems like we’re busier than ever. And while some families might thrive on the activity, it’s important to have a relaxing space that offers a break from it all.
And what better place to relax than your own home?
Unfortunately, our homes sometimes become the vessel for more stimulation like smartphones and video calls. But don’t worry! There are simple ways to make your home feel relaxing in spite of your hectic and seemingly hyper-connected daily life. Let’s explore a few ways you can make different rooms in your home more welcoming and relaxing places to be.
The living room (or family room, or den, or whatever you choose to call it!) is typically where your family spends most of their time together. Whether it’s to watch a television show once a week or for a regular family game night, this is a space for connecting face-to-face. That being said, it can also be a little bit hectic if you’re not careful! Here are a few ways to make this space more relaxing:
- Consider Your Focal Point – More often than not, there’s just too much going on in your living room. To avoid sensory overload, pick a single focal point and arrange your furniture around it in a close, social manner.
- Choose Natural Colors – The more natural and earthy your colors are, the more relaxing your space will be. Bright colors and big statements are okay in small doses, but don’t clutter your space with them.
- Let Light In – Above all else, there should be natural light coming into your living room! Sunlight is a natural mood booster and a great source of vitamin D. Why do you think over 30% of families say they’re happiest on vacation?
After the living room, the kitchen is the most communal space in the home. After all, nothing brings a family together quite like food. You have a bit more luxury to bring bold colors into this space, but here you’ll learn how to do it in a way that keeps things cozy and not overstated.
- Keep Everything Organized – In the kitchen, disorganization means stress and chaos. Take some time with your family to actually organize all of those spices and kitchen utensils! It could save everyone some time and frustration in the long run.
- Create Customized Spaces – Do you and your spouse enjoy coffee in the morning? Do you children enjoy fruit? Set up separate stations for each, and keep them well-stocked. Then if someone is feeling stressed, they know exactly where their comfort food is.
- Keep It Warm – In the average home, almost 38% of heat loss is through windows and doors. And of course, these are two things a kitchen has in abundance. Cold spaces lead to cranky campers, which means investing in some new windows and good insulation may help your family stay relaxed in this room.
Whether you decide to try one or all of these tips, make sure you’re getting everyone in on the fun! After all, family-wide relaxation starts when everyone agrees to create a happier, healthier place.