14 Ways to Make Your Home More Relaxing

14 Ways to Make Your Home More Relaxing
We can spend a lot of time making sure that our home is functional and well-decorated, and, sure, those things are important. However, it’s also recommended that you spend some time working to up your home’s comfort and relaxation levels. It can be a crazy old world out there, and you’ll always feel the benefit of having your own private retreat to return to after a long day. Below, we take a look at fourteen tried and tested methods for making your property a zen, relaxation haven.

Set the Tone

They say that you should start as you mean to go on, and that’s most definitely the case when it comes to your home. The idea is to create a feeling of “ah, I’m home” the moment that you walk through the front door. This won’t be possible if the entryway to your home is cluttered, dark, and just an overall mess. So look at setting the tone. You should try to make the hallway bright and clean and organised, with a few moments of joy thrown into the mix (such as flowers, photographs, things that make you happy).

Bring the Light

It’s hard to sink into many hours of relaxation if we’re forever battling with the overall ambiance of the property. One such issue that people often overlook -- but which makes a huge difference -- is related to lighting. During the day, the aim should be to have as much natural light streaming into the property as possible: everything is simply nicer when you have sunlight in the home (compare it to a dark home, and you’ll get what we mean). In the evenings, and during winter, it’s all about that atmospheric artificial lighting -- low side lamps, for example, are much more conducive to a relaxing evening than one overly harsh bright light.

More Spacious

Similarly, it’ll be difficult to sink into that deep relaxation if it feels like the place is overly cluttered. It’s natural, as a homeowner, that you’ll have acquired plenty of material goods over the years. Yet while they might have once been useful, over time, it can feel like they’re beginning to overtake your home. They say that a cluttered home will lead to a cluttered mind, and that’ll make it difficult to truly relax. Go through your home and have a clearout. You’ll be surprised at just how many of your items you can give away or sell.

Tip-Top Condition

You might be trying to unwind, but can’t, because you’re dimly aware that things aren’t exactly as they should be. If you want to enjoy your property, then you can’t be continually overlooking the fact that the general wear and tear that affects all homes is beginning to take hold. It’s important that you’re staying on top of all the little small jobs that, if left untreated, can compromise the quality of your property. Individually they might not seem too important, but group them all together, and you might find that they’re seriously compromising the comfort levels of your home.

Agreeable Temperatures

Your property could look extra comfortable, but if the temperature isn’t right, then you’ll struggle to sink into deep levels of relaxation. Indeed, you could do everything else on this list -- but if the home was too hot or too cold, then you’ll always be facing an uphill battle. So make this one of those things that you treat as a priority. Make sure you’ve got A/C and solid airflow to keep the heat to a minimum during the winter, and solid insulation for the winter. The idea is that you shouldn’t notice the temperature at all.

Upgraded Linens

There are a few easy to enact actions that’ll make a big difference to the overall comfort levels of your home. One such example is connected to your linens: give them an upgrade! There’s a big comfort difference between cheap throws and luxurious throw blankets. You’ll feel the difference when you’re curled up on the couch. Another area to upgrade is your towels. There’s nothing like stepping out of a shower and wrapping yourself up in a plush towel, especially on a cold day. Investing in higher quality linens is one of those things that nobody ever regrets, especially since the cost difference isn’t all that much.

In the Bedroom

If you’re going to be at your most relaxed, then you need a good night’s sleep. There’s more or less no other way around it! We all know the difference between a day when we’ve had a terrible night’s sleep the evening before, and one in which we’ve been well-rested. While there are no surefire methods for having a night of uninterrupted, quality sleep, there are things that you can do to improve your chances. To begin, you can make your bedroom as comfortable as possible -- for example, by keeping things tidy and ordered. You’ll also want to reduce any external factors that could disrupt your sleep, such as noise and light from the streets.

Outdoor Spaces

Not enough people make the most of their outdoor space. With a little bit of effort, you can make it not just effectively another room on your property, but your home’s best room. Plus, we’re beginning to understand more and more how important it is for humans to have outdoor time if we’re going to be at our best. To get your outdoor living journey underway, look at working with patio builders -- they’ll provide the framework from which you can develop your outdoor space. From there, it’s all about adding the things that’ll keep you relaxed, such as a water feature, flowers, and a BBQ — everything you need to live well during the summer, essentially.

Tech-Free Zones

There’s little doubt that technology has done a lot of good for the world, but it hasn’t all been positive. While smartphones and laptops might be good for, oh, getting work done and staying in touch with friends and so on, they’re not exactly relaxing. Indeed, the pings and other sounds kind of hijack your brain somewhat -- they can make you feel stressed, since your mind can’t tell the difference between a non-existent threat and a real one. As such, one way to increase your home’s relaxation zones is to create a tech-free zone, a place where there’s no space for the internet and your devices. You’ll find it much easier to settle into an evening of relaxation if you have nothing to distract you. Light some incense, open a book, and sink in.

Limiting the Sound

You might be able to increase your home’s comfort levels without an issue, but if your home is overly influenced by what’s going on outside, then you might find that it’s a little more difficult to unwind that you’d like. You can’t control your neighbours or the number of cars that pass by your property, but you can control how much noise from those two filter into your home. If there’s too much coming in, then take a look at soundproofing your home. It’s not as difficult as it sounds, but can make a big difference.

Feed the Senses

When it comes to comfort, we tend to focus on what we can feel, but there are other forces at play, too. One way to greatly improve your home’s relaxation is to feed the things that are going on below the surface that can have an impact on how you feel. For example, you can look at adding a scent diffuser to your home -- there are a number of scents, for example, that have been shown to reduce a person's stress levels. You won’t notice it straight away, but it’ll all be working under the surface!

Entertainment Options

We talked earlier about how tech wasn’t very relaxing, but that’s only when you’re actively using it -- if you're receiving the goods that it provides, then that’s a different matter. On a cold night, there are few things better than curling up on a couch and watching a movie or television show. But you’ll need some things, if you’re going to do this. You’ll need a large television or a projector, fast internet, and accounts for a few streaming sites.

Natural Touches

We understand that the natural world is good for us, but it’s just a fact of life that we’re often unable to spend as much time in the outdoors as we’d like to. So why not look at adding some of the natural world to your home? One easy -- and aesthetically pleasing -- way to do it is to add plants, which have been shown to boost the air quality and also improve our moods. You can also look at other natural decorations, such as pine cones, seashells, and works of art that depict nature, too.

Make it Yours

Finally, remember to make your home yours! Ultimately, what’s comfortable to you will be down to individual preference. IT doesn’t matter if you’re doing things a little differently, so long as you’re feeling at ease and relaxed.