One of the most important places that you should feel most relaxed is in your home. That is the place where you can completely let go, and be in your element. Your home should be the place that you mark with your own unique identity, a place where you feel completely relaxed and at ease. As someone who suffers from anxiety and depression, home decor has been an outlet in clearing my mind from my anxious thoughts. From paint colors, to lighting, to inspirational pictures, I have aimed to make my house feel like my own meditation retreat, without the hassle of leaving it.
Over the years, my husband and I have added our own touches to our home. Together, we have come up with the paint colors for the rooms, and I have been able to add my own design to the house. What I have realized is that I want to make my house feel comfortable for me, my husband and my children. I also want people to feel invited inside, and to feel relaxed in our space.
Here are some ideas in how you can make your home your own little meditation retreat. A place where you can also feel at ease from your fears, anxious thoughts and low moods.
I have come across a variety of articles on the different paint colors that help relax and perk up your mood. From light blues that mirror the sky, to a light gray or purple that eases tension and increases relaxation, you have a variety of options to choose for your home. Here are just a few options that can help in creating your own personal Zen arena within the comforts of your home.
I love the look of a light blue, as it truly brightens up the space, and also makes the house feel bigger. For those you may fight panic attacks, having a space feel bigger can assist in easing the rising panic of feeling enclosed in a small place. Blue is an overall peaceful color that truly can brighten a mood and bring a smile to your face.
Utilizing a light purple, or even a white tone that has an iridescent touch of purple, is also a lovely color to use. Similar to what lavender does to the senses, purple can bring a sense of relaxation and ease to a home just by looking at it. I also think a light touch of purple is reminiscent of lavender itself. Seeing the light coat of purple immediately makes one feel comfortable and ready to rest without worry or anxiety on the mind before bedtime.
One final paint color to note is a light gray tone. Gray seems to go particularly well with white crown molding, but it also seems to bring a soothing feeling to a room. Similar to a light tone of blue, gray can make a room feel bigger and less cramped. Aside from just being a relaxing color choice, gray is also pretty modern and really updates a home. A simple touch of gray can really impact the feel and size of room, all while making you feel more relaxed and happier.
How to ‘brighten’ your home
I love decorating my home. Decorating not only controls my anxious thoughts, it also helps promote positivity for myself and hopefully those who come through the door. I usually match my home decor to mimic the current season, but I also use personal pictures of my family to help brighten my spirits and mood.
If I am having a particular tough or anxious day, I look at my family photos to help bring a smile to my face. My family really helps put in perspective what life is about, so seeing their smiling faces always reminds of that. Using family photos also adds a personal touch that visitors enjoy seeing when they come over. It is a great way to add a meaningful touch to your walls, but also bring joy to your soul.
You can also ‘brighten’ your home by using recess lighting. Recess lighting is lighting that can be dimmed or brightened by a movable switch. What is nice about recess lights, is that you are not stuck one set level of brightness for your place. I know once the night time approaches, we like to have a lower level of ambiance in our house. The neon lighting of certain lamps, along with their lack of controlled brightness, can really set a sterile, non-relaxed feeling to a room. Recess lighting helps reflect the level of light you need throughout the day and night. It also is instrumental in creating a nice ambiance that reflects the sort of mood you want to set and feel more relaxed in.
Reinforce positivity with inspirational quotes
One final piece to note, is to add inspirational quotes or pictures to your walls. I love little reminders such as, “Every little thing is going to be okay” to remind me that everything always works out in the end. Placing uplifting quotes or photos, helps me catch my breath and to not let my anxiety take over.
There are many various online and local retailers who can make personalized designs for your house, should you not be able to find what you are looking for elsewhere. Nothing is impossible, and by putting up positive words and phrases throughout your home, can really help put things into perspective should you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or in a depressed state.
There are many ways to make your home a place that you can feel relaxed in. With subtle touches of paint, lighting and home decor, your house can be your own retreat away from the stresses of the world. Rather you have anxiety, depression, or simply just have a stressful day, it is so nice to come home a place that you feel calm and at ease in. Hopefully, these ideas can help you find peace, not just in your world, but also in your soul and mind.
I’m a Lilac Lily living in the blooming fields of America 🙂