Today, our lives have become fast paced and frenzied. We hence crave a calm and peaceful space to come home to. Usually, the first space we enter as soon as we set foot into our homes is the living room. That’s why, it’s recommended that you make it look and feel Zen.
Here are a few simple yet useful tips on how you can pervade peace into your living room, sitting room, lounge – or whatever you call it.
Whether in your life or in your living room, clearing clutter is essential. Clutter is of two types- the one that gets accumulated and the one that our eyes interpret as visual clutter.
Think of the places in your living room that end up accumulating the most amount of clutter. The coffee table is usually one – what with all the newspapers and magazines. And also those corners where you hide the stuff you no longer use or rarely need. Clearing out such clutter can make a huge difference in your living room.
Then you could also minimise the visual clutter. By that we mean the things you added on purpose, and went a little too overboard – perhaps with use of color or pattern, collections or attempts at styling.
Stick to natural, light and comfortable fabrics for your living room. It is best to use the ones that are 100% Cotton.
The curtains should provide a sense of intimacy, while reducing noise. Go for natural textiles like linen or cotton. Soft, flowing curtains are your best bet. Moreover, floor-to-ceiling curtains look elegant and add a touch of warmth.
Associate them with customized blinds that modulate light, to obtain a different atmosphere. And pay attention to the fixation systems too. You wouldn’t want to fix beautiful curtains on poor or non-matching rods.
A throw is something that adds texture and warmth to any space. It can also make your guests feel more at home. And you’ll love to curl up with it when it’s a little chilly. According to the color of your sofa/couch, enhance it with a throw that is light colored but has a beautiful texture and patterns. Cotton ones are great.
The colors you choose can have an impact on your mood. For your living room, embrace neutrals like white, grey or cream. Or go for light, tranquil shades of blue, green or beige. This holds good for the color of your walls as well as furniture and fabrics.
Because bright and jarring colors like red, yellow or purple actually compete for your attention. They energise, instead of giving a calm and relaxing feel.
If you’d like to add warmth and calm to a leather sofa, pick minimalistic cushions. Keep their colors neutral and their covers of a natural fabric, like cotton. Cotton will keep them soft. Make sure they’re super plush as well.
You can also keep peaceful-looking floor cushions in corners or wherever you want to. They can be great to relax. Get them customised if you’d like. And keep their colors tranquil.
Some scents and fragrances just soothe your soul, and can do wonders to create a peaceful aura. Linen sprays, beeswax candles, rosemary or lavender essential oils – are all natural ways to enhance your living room with fresh scents. Or if you know of a natural scent that can calm you on a personal note, bring that scent in.
Your peace is in your hands. Although it’s an inner thing, outer atmosphere can also have a huge impact. As your life is busier than ever, implementing the above tips in your living room can help to calm you. Pick your colors and fabrics wisely, organise your home, and see what that does to you.