Here at Nunawading Homemaker HQ, we believe that the home should be a calming and restful oasis that provides you with an escape from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. When decorating your home, there are certain ways you can create a calming environment that encourages rest and rejuvenation. Today we are sharing with you our top tips for creating a calming home and how focusing on natural textures and the colours of nature promote this.
Use A Natural Colour Palette
To create a calming and relaxing flow throughout your home it is essential to choose colours that encourage this. Avoid using too many bright and bold colours and instead opt for neutral tones that are pleasing on the eye. We love using a variety of neutral tones throughout our furniture and homewares pieces in tones of soft beige, warm grey and a clean white, whilst bringing colour in through a pale sage, olive green or terracotta. Selecting colours that are found in nature will create a sense of calm, so we recommend sticking to tones found in plants, trees, and the colours of the earth. Head into stores such as Adairs and Provincial Home Living to see their beautiful homewares and decorative accessories in these colour tones.
Carefully Select Your Scents
Scent can make a huge difference in your home and can evoke different emotions and moods. We love using natural scents that create a calm atmosphere and leave the house smelling beautiful at all times. Try using fresh scents such as jasmine and rose or opt for a more natural scent of sandalwood or sweet basil. Place diffusers and candles in rooms that you relax in such as the living room and bedroom to ensure they are always smelling fresh. We love using room sprays in lavender or peppermint to create a calm and tranquil atmosphere too. Bed Bath N Table have a great range of home scents, so be sure to check them out next time you are at the centre!
Soft and Natural Textures
Textures have the ability to change the look and feel of a space not only in soft furnishings and linen, but furniture too. To create calming spaces, we recommend choosing furniture in natural timbers and linen-look fabrics that are soft to touch and have a textural element. For soft furnishings we love using natural linen throw rugs in the living room and bedroom paired with soft cotton cushions in a neutral colour palette. For a calming space, we recommend avoiding textures that are too shiny or embellished and instead choose soft and relaxed fabrics and finishes. Be sure to head to into Adairs and Bed Bath N Table to view their great range of bed linen and soft furnishings to touch and feel them for yourself!
Add Foliage & Plants
Bringing the outside in and reverting back to nature will always create a calm and relaxing environment in your home. To achieve this look we recommend adding plants or foliage to most rooms in the house. This could be in the form of a large vase of greenery on an entryway table or dining table, trailing plants on open shelves, large floor plants in the corner of a living room or a beautiful potted plant on a bedside table. Greenery not only adds a pop of colour to the space and brings life in, but creates a calming and tranquil environment for you to relax and unwind.
Encourage Wind Down Time
When decorating a home to inspire a calm and relaxing space, it is essential that you allow for ways to encourage ‘wind down time’. Of an evening, we love creating a peaceful space by dimming the lights and preparing the body for sleep. This is the time to switch off your electronics, grab a good book and curl up under a cosy blanket. We can’t get enough of Adairs beautiful range of plush blankets for Winter that are perfect for snuggling down under after a busy day at work. Don’t forget to spritz your pillow with a lavender sleep spray and turn on the diffuser to create the ultimate oasis to relax and unwind in.
We can’t wait to see you soon at Nunawading Homemaker HQ and help you find everything you need to create a cosy and calming winter oasis ready for the cooler months. If you are struggling to decorate your space, be sure to book in for your free virtual design session with our stylist Eliza Grace, simply click on the ‘Style Board’ tab on our website.