Relax, Refresh, Renew

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By Rebecca Barnes

The new year is a time for new beginnings. It’s a time to set new goals and make resolutions for the year ahead. It can also be a time to take a step back and reassess your home environment.

If you’re feeling bored with your current look or the holidays left your home cluttered, now is the perfect time to make changes. Here are a few ideas to help get you started:

Declutter as you pack away the holiday décor.

Since you are already boxing up holiday items, choose things in your everyday home decor to pare down. Make sure everything has its place and keep your surfaces clear. With less to clean and less to visually take up space, the calmer your environment will be.

Rearrange some furniture.

If you’ve wanted to try a new layout for your living room or bedroom, now is the time to do it. The new year can give a fresh perspective; sometimes, changing things can help. Just be sure to get help with the big pieces.

Add a relaxing color.

couple moving furniture

One of the best ways to create a relaxing environment in your home is by using colors that promote peace and tranquility. Blues, greens, and lavenders can help you feel relaxed at home. Did you know, blue gives off a calming effect, while green promotes balance and harmony? Lavender is also known for its soothing properties and can create an atmosphere of serenity in any room. Additionally, incorporating earth tones like browns, tans, and beiges are great for creating a warm and cozy setting for your home. These neutral colors invite relaxation into your living space without overwhelming the senses with too much color or energy. Whether it’s new pillows or throws for your couches and chairs or adding a new throw rug, a few new accessories can make a big difference in the overall look of a room.

Bring a little nature inside.

Indoor plants are a great way to create a more relaxing atmosphere in any space. Not only do they look beautiful, but they also help purify the air and boost your mood! There are many different kinds of indoor plants that you can choose from depending on your lifestyle and preferences. Popular options include succulents, palms, ferns, bonsai trees, and orchids. Choose one that your schedule will allow you to maintain properly and have your own private indoor oasis! Dim the lights, light some candles, put on some soothing music, and start enjoying your personal sanctuary.


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