As most of you know I am an Interior Stylist and for that reason, aesthetics and making sure everything looks beautiful and compliments each other in a house is a big deal for me.
But at the end of the day, it’s all about turning a house into a home, and I don’t believe that the most important thing in a home is to have the perfect colour palette or even making sure everything goes perfectly together.
Our homes are where we rest and recharge, and it needs to feel personal, soothing and inspiring to us.
In my own home, I don’t go by a specific style or trend, I follow my own. I mix different styles and that is okay because as long as it feels harmonious to me and it makes me happy, that’s what it counts.
In case you are into interiors and would like to find your own interior style, make sure to read my other post: Interior Design: 5 tips that will help you find your style.
But, whether or not you have an eye for decor, there are a few things you can do to make your home feel like your own sanctuary:
One basic thing that is also one of the most important – to declutter.
Whether you want to admitted or not, I’m sure there are a good number of things in your home that you never use or don’t even like.
We all have those things we were gifted but don’t really like or need, or stuff we bought because we thought would look nice or were going to use all the time but ended up stuffed in a closet.
Personally, after watching a few documentaries on minimalism I decided to have a good decluttering session in my own home, and make sure to do it every 6 months or so (because it is so easy to continue to accumulate without even realizing it).
You don’t have to go full-on minimalistic, but I assure you that once you get rid of those things you don’t really need, your home is going to feel so much lighter and brighter and you are going to feel so much better. Also, a decluttered home is much easier to clean and maintain.
When it comes to decluttering, the rule is very simple: Only keep things that are useful or beautiful (or bring you joy in some way).
Keep it a clean and tidy space
This one sounds very obvious, but I still feel like a needed to mention it. Your home won’t for sure feels like a Sanctuary if it’s a mess!
We are affected by our surroundings, more than we are aware of. Sometimes we feel tired, lightheaded or not being able to focus and don’t realize that it is partly because of the space or environment around us that is too messy or disorganized.
I know a lot of people won’t relate to this, but to me, tying up the house, reorganizing and decluttering is actually therapeutic! Especially because I work from home I need to have a clean home to have a clean mind. And whenever I start being lazy and less disciplined when it comes to keeping my physical space tidy, I suffer the consequences in my mind and emotional space.
Also, with the time you spend organizing your space, you can also organize your thoughts. And in the end, when it is all clean and tidy, you can enjoy both a clean home and mind.
Follow your own style and surround yourself with things that bring you joy
Like I said before, it’s not just about matching colours or sticking to a certain design or style. The important thing is to surround yourself with things that bring you joy!
Make sure you absolutely love everything you bring into your home, or that it serves a really good purpose or satisfies a specific need.
If you love travelling and have a ton of souvenirs, you can create a little space to display them. If you love art, then maybe it is better to invest in a few great pieces that you really love instead of just getting a bunch of other decorations that you don’t appreciate as much. If you love colour, feel free to use as much as you want. And if you enjoy monochromatic spaces, don’t feel obligated to inject colour into yours.
At the end of the day, it is all about what you love, what makes you feel happy and at home. Make sure that when you look around you, you feel joy!
Engage your senses
If you want your home to feel like a sanctuary, you need to make sure it stimulates your senses in a soothing but invigorating way.
Sight: Again, make sure you are surrounded by objects you find beautiful and pick colours that make you feel happy.
Smell: Burn some candles and/or use a diffuser. Both of these not only make your home smell beautifully, but they also create a certain ambience that makes you feel more relaxed and calmer.
Touch: Bring in different textures. Textiles are the best way to do so. From your curtains to cushions, sofa, rug, etc. Don’t be afraid to mix different textures and fabrics. Use cotton, faux fur, velvet, etc. Not only it is much more stylish but it brings a sense of comfort.
Hearing: Honestly, this one changes from person to person. Again, it is about what makes you feel good. Personally, I enjoy the silence and just listing to the sounds coming from outside. This might not be so pleasant if you live in the middle of a chaotic city but I live in a place that is not too loud and I can constantly hear birds singing and I love it.
But whatever you like to listen to, music or even just the TV in the background, make sure it is something that doesn’t bring you more stress, and actually something that will increase your feeling of joy.
Taste: This one is tricky and probably not as relevant :p The only thing I could think about is to always make sure you have healthy tasty food available haha
Bring Nature in
Nature plays a big part in our well-being in many ways, and if you live in a city you may not be in contact with it as much as you would like and should.
Having plants in your house is the most obvious way to bring some nature in. Not only plants work as an amazing decor accessory, but they are also beautiful and soothing. Plants also help clean the air and taking care of them can be very therapeutic.
In my case it is hard to have house plants because my cats love to eat them…so not only they start looking less pretty but also, I start feeling guilty for letting them be eaten!! I do have some succulents because my cats don’t eat those (for some reason) and they are very pretty and easy to take care of.
If your pets also tend to destroy plants, another way to bring nature inside is through rocks and crystals. Whether or not you believe in their cleansing and healing properties, it doesn’t matter. They are beautiful and natural, and therefore the perfect way to bring more nature into your decor.
Let light and fresh air come in
Did you know the air inside our homes tends to be more polluted then the air outside?? Mind-blowing! So, make sure to let fresh air come in every day. Open curtains and the windows every morning. Let natural light come in! Natural sunlight is good for our health and for the electricity bill!
Make sure you can easily move around and energy flows freely in your space.
If you are big on Feng Shui you will understand the importance of this, but even if you are not it still makes sense!
So, decluttering is important like I already mentioned, but also making sure that your furniture is the right size for your space and simply not having too much stuff in general. You should be able to move around without knocking or stumbling on anything.
Not only it looks better, it is more practical, less stressful and just makes you feel better in general.
So, these are my tips on how to turn your home into a sanctuary. I hope you enjoyed it and will try them out in your own homes!
Have fun decorating!
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