Do you ever wake up feeling unmotivated and bored with what you see in your bedroom? The old college-era couch giving you fugly vibes? Science has proven that women feel less stressed when their homes are clean, organized and fresh, which is all the more reason to get rid of unwanted clutter, including broken or old furniture (not the pretty vintage kind). Creating a mindful restorative space to eat, sleep and live will instantly improve your mood, productivity and relationships. Now, who doesn’t want that? Interior designer, Anita Yokota, is here today with seven design tips to improve your self-care at home.
Here are her 7 essential design tips to improve your self-care at home.
Paint Walls with Soothing Colors.
Colors affect your mood, so it’s important to be mindful when choosing wall colors for each space in your home. Psychologically, white symbolizes purity and a sense of wholeness. In a bedroom, this may be the best color to feel safe and relaxed in.
Does white feel too stark and sterile? Simply add pops of color, patterns and artwork. By adding these, your bedroom will quickly be transformed into an oasis.
Greige is a close second neutral wall color where you can achieve the same effect without the worry of being too cold. This color is effective in common spaces like the living room. Slightly warmer, it creates inviting messages for your brain, which in turn will decrease the stress hormone cortisol.
Achieve Entryway Goals.
Not only is the entryway your first impression to your guests, it should be significant to you, too. With so much going on in the world around us, the busyness of work and relationships can bog us down. To keep up that girl boss attitude, having a distinct design for the entryway is vital. Whatever your aesthetic may be, make sure to include functionality such as a seating area for putting on your shoes and hooks to hang your favorite tote bag. And again, the idea of making every corner of your home feel safe, protected and cozy.
Darkness is Your Best Sleep Aid.
Study upon study has shown that the darker the room is, the better sleep you will get. Because many of us live in the city with street lights easily seeping in at night along with our personal devices emitting artificial light, our natural hormone melatonin is impeded from being at an optimal level for solid sleep.
One stylish way to darken the room and maximize your ZZZs is to use woven blackout shades and cotton drapery. The California-casual look evokes calmness, which will optimize your levels of melatonin.
Add Greenery for Life.
It is no secret that plants provide clean air and increase oxygen into our homes. So why not add a plant or two to your kitchen counter? Plants are an integral way to style your home and filter out bad vibes that hinder self-care. They also improve memory and increase concentration as you sip that first cup of coffee in the morning.
Afraid you are the classic black thumb? A ZZ plant or snake plant are wonderful plant babies that love to be neglected. Watering every one-to-two weeks with indirect light is all they need.
Create an Inspiration Corner.
No matter how small of a space, having a creative corner to meditate and motivate yourself is essential for your own mental well-being. Studies have shown taking five minutes a day to be mindful and allowing yourself to soak in your surroundings leads to decreased anxiety and depression.
Additionally, de-cluttering does not mean de-personalizing. Having personal mementos and inspirational quotes can lift your spirits. Aromatherapy and flowers add to the relaxed state you will be in.
Practicing gratitude is one of the best self-care practices. Designate a spot in your home to write three things you are humbled by each day. Not only does it help wipe your worries away, it leaves more emotional energy to pursue that dream of yours.
Incorporate Pillows and Throws Based on Your Mood.
Neutral walls, bedding and furniture are the anchors of your home. Mindfully playing with vibrant pillows and patterned throws can reflect the current mood you are in. Once that mood is over, start anew with a different combination!
Never underestimate the power of layering pillows and throw blankets. The options are endless and simply changing them up from time to time will aesthetically push that reset button your inner soul needs.
Have a Positive Perspective.
Having a positive perspective doesn’t just happen. It takes a mindful choice every day—sometimes every hour on the hour if we are stressed. So intentionally styling your home to create the possibility of better choices for yourself is key.