Simplicity = Serenity: How To Make Your Home A Relaxing Refuge

One of the most important things in life is to avoid stress. You can't live a life completely free from it, of course. In some people's eyes, this may seem to mean avoiding it is pointless, but that's not the case. The fact there will always be some - whether it comes from ourselves or others - makes it more necessary to avoid additional sources. And there are many such sources we don't even think about.

Although we hear a great deal about avoiding people and situations that cause us stress, a lot less is said about our homes. And yet, the fact is that our homes are all around us for much of the time. Clutter and overstimulation are right there and can make life feel oppressive. If you want to live a more serene life, it may start with a simpler home; with decorative touches that are less overwhelming. One that’s fresher while not being chaotic.

Can You Bare It?

Making a more natural home is often about limiting the decorative aspects. It doesn't mean, however, that you need to be going for more dull looks. While the basic approach to a living room wall may be painting in Magnolia or a similar neutral shade, exposed brickwork can work better. By avoiding bright colors, you keep simplicity. By avoiding the more staid shades, you stop it getting dull.

Beam Me Up!

If you have the chance to move into a home with exposed wooden beams, it is one you should always take. If you don't, look into ways to have more exposed wood in your home. The natural look that it brings is an absolute byword in relaxation and homeliness. There is a fine line to tread between just crowbarring it in somewhere it doesn't fit and getting that log cabin look. The key is to select the right places and a mature-looking wood.

Natural Fibers Finish A Room

A more classic, natural look is not just about the permanent fixtures in a home like walls and beams. How you finish off a decorative look is also of significant importance. A few splashes of color are always going to be worthwhile and can be gained from ornaments and wall art. But soft furnishings should be kept to more earthy tones. Also, stylish linen tablecloths and runners in natural fibers can make that understated look stick.

Pick The Right Ornaments

As previously noted, the right ornamental choices can allow you to bring color to a room and stop your natural look being too bland. You may like to look for a balance between brightly colored plant pots and wall art, and glass vases and fruit bowls. This can prevent the two sides of your home clashing. Also, with the avoidance of stress being the name of the game here, aim for smaller additions that don't interfere with the flow of a room.

Next time you are looking for a way to makeover your house, ask yourself: is this a place where I can really relax? If the answer you get is anything other than a resounding "yes," consider some of the above touches.