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Savouring Silence – How to Bring Peace Back to your Property

by Marquette Turner Luxury Homes

in Design & Trends, Variety

Having a home environment where you feel at peace and comfortable is really important. Life can feel like it’s constantly getting busier and more cluttered, which means having a place to come home to and relax in can make all the difference.

The problem with feeling busy or overwhelmed is that it can stop you from taking the necessary action needed to change your immediate environment. There are also quite a few different techniques and suggestions on how you can make your home feel calmer, and it can be hard knowing where to start. That’s why we’ve pulled together our most helpful recommendations on how to bring peace and tranquility back into your property.

Lighting

Research has shown that we have emotional responses to lighting. In particular, it is often noted that fluorescent lighting has been shown to induce stress. The reason being that fluorescent lighting has strong blue light, which induces arousal and affects our body clocks. This can be good in work situations where you want to keep up productivity but not necessarily great when you come home and want to relax.

The first step in creating a calm environment is to replace all the fluorescent light bulbs in your home, except for any office space or study area where you may want the lighting to keep you stimulated. Street lamps also use fluorescent lighting. Therefore, another good investment would be a quality pair of curtains. Eyelet curtains are easy to install, while also offering a high level of privacy and blockout potential.

Colour

Similarly to lighting, different colours have also been shown to invoke certain emotional responses, which is why you should consider your decor colour carefully. Take into account what each room is used for, as this will help to inform your colour choice. If you’re looking for warmth or energy in the morning, potentially a good colour choice for your kitchen could be yellow. Whereas if you are looking to relax in your lounge or bedroom, blues and greens have been shown to elicit tranquility. There are a number of colour and emotional responses so do your research, but we highly recommend avoiding the use of red if you want to create a calm environment.

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Minimalism

As the quote goes ‘a clean home is a happy home’. Walking into a clutter free house is much easier on the mind than one that is overrun with objects everywhere. It is hard to switch off from a long day at work when you are picking up after yourself and your family.  Aim to declutter your home and remove the things that you either do not use or do not need. Things that haven’t been used in the last 6 months are things that you should consider removing. A good way to do this is to walk room to room and write a list of the things you don’t use, photograph them and put them on Gumtree.

Feng Shui

Whether you follow Feng Shui down to a tee or whether you take the principles on board within your own remits there is certainly merit in taking into account how energy flows around your home. Peace and calm is created by how we interact with our environment, both inside and outside of the home. Ultimately, you want to design your home in regard to natural energy, and allow this alignment to positively influence your environment. Chi is considered to be in every living thing and is ‘living energy’. Feng Shui harmonizes your environment and you can benefit from this harmony by aligning your environment with the right life-energy and creating chi.

 

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