If your daily lifestyle is hurried and flurried, you want to come home from work to a house that will help you relax. After all, home sweet home should be the one place where you can escape the madness of ‘living.’ No matter how big or small your house is there are things you can do to turn your house into an oasis of calm and quiet. You can take inspiration from all over the world for this and incorporate the following suggestions to make your home truly your haven from the bustling world outside:
Avoid Garish White Paint
Yes, white is the colour of the uber modern lifestyle. But white is not really a relaxing colour. Direct sunlight creates a glare that can hurt your eyes if you stare at it too much, while electric lights also bounce off the walls, making the house seem overly bright. Instead, try soft pastels, particularly leafy greens. These will absorb extra light and leave your house feeling dim, cool and muted. You can still keep your study white to keep you energized if you like.
Have Water around You
If your house has even a small garden, install a small pond because looking over water immediately relaxes the eyes. If it’s a tiny garden, use pond liners so you can keep the pool small and shallow; go slightly bigger and bolder if your garden can take it. Line it with stones and grow some water plants in it. Keep your pond in its best shape by controlling water pests like algae; continue reading here to get more information about algae handling.
Make sure the pond is safely constructed and won’t leak or seep chemicals – pond liners Australia can help with that. If you live in an apartment, place bowls of water with a flower floating on top like they do in South Asian homes or buy those tiny mechanical waterfalls that you can place on a table: once you pour in water, it keeps falling and getting pumped back up.
Find Nemo in the House
It doesn’t have to be a clownfish, but research shows that watching fish swim can calm the mind, so having a fishbowl or tank can really help the ambiance of your house. The good news is that you can have a fishbowl even in a tiny walk up, as all it takes is a bowl of water and a fish. And fish food. The bigger the tank, the better as it will trick your eye into believing that you too are swimming in water. Apparently, something about the lazy motion of the fish swimming back and forth lulls the brain waves and makes us relax. Best results come from a school of small fish that swim together.