Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Secrets to a Soothing Home

Create a haven for yourself with light, color, the sound of water - a reminder to stop for a while and breathe.

Transport yourself to a place where there is no noise, no rush and no preoccupations.  Envision this place as your home, a respite that calms you and induces peace of mind.  Every time you are here time stops and a world of relaxation unfolds.  Sounds like a dream, right?  Well, it's feasible to make this dream real.  No matter your budget, no matter the size of your home, creating a placid haven is easy.

The golden rule in achieving a peaceful setting lies in getting rid of clutter first.  It's amazing how a space changes once cleanliness and organization reign.  Clean and organize every room, every closet and every corner - dispose all the clutter that gets in the way of your thoughts and only germinates chaos.  Then, add simple decorative elements that allow you to focus and rest.

Remember that an uncluttered home is a happy home.  Once your dwelling is clutter-free, it's time to get creative and conceive a place you'll love waking up to and going home to.  A place that will surely soothe your soul.

When you have a view from a room, you have to make the most of it.  A view can relax you and open your mind, even help relax you and open your mind, even help you get outside and do something fun.  There's no need to add color or hang a painting here (above), the view is a true masterpiece.  

There is nothing more soothing than the sound of the waves kissing the sand and the smell of the ocean.  If you enjoy this too, position a resting chair where you can hear the ocean.  If you don't live close to the water, get a small fountain (or a big one if you can) and lose yourself in the sounds of falling liquid. 

I love the colors here; the bright green from the trim, chair and plants and the crisp white of the walls and desk orchestrate a decadent resting area within a normally busy home office. 

Imagine yourself reading a good book here, drinking hot tea or hot chocolate and looking outside every time the story makes you wonder.  Just lovely.  Blue shades and clean lines making this a relaxing retreat.  See how only a few well-positioned furniture pieces make this room look comfortable and bigger than it really is.  This is fundamental when trying to create a relaxing area.  Too many things distract and create mayhem.  If you keep it pretty, simple and with light colors, you'll achieve something nice. 

This room (above) is so simple.  It projects honesty and purity.  Calming and unpretentious places have a way of relaxing us.

A monochromatic palette is used in very light colors, like white and pale beige; colors of light.  These colors make a space look bigger, brighter and welcoming. 

Light blue is a calming shade and brown frames it beautifully.  Try to bring the focus to a color like blue by using a monochromatic palette in the rest of the area. 

The secret here (above) is the way blue pops even when the shade is pale.  That subtle injection of color is very  pleasing to the eye.

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