Borrowing from Feng Shui
You’re stressed at work; you’re stressed getting to and from your job. You’re also frequently stressed when you’re supposedly out having a good time with family and friends.† Is it truly necessary to feel stressed in your own home as well?
In the Chinese practices of Feng Shui, placement, position and color all work together to create a harmonious or a disharmonious environment. According to Feng Shui principles, these three elements work hand-in-hand, either for the good or to the detriment of your surroundings. Adhering to Feng Shui can improve your relationships, your health and your overall well being.
However, the concepts of balance and harmony are not exclusive to Feng Shui or to other forms of Eastern philosophy. †Made.com armchairs and sofas can be ordered in proper proportion to one another and to the dimensions of your living room can accomplish much toward achieving a relaxing, inviting atmosphere in your living room. Likewise, de-cluttering your surroundings can make even small rooms seem more spacious and less hemmed in. Providing visual appeal in the form of artwork that speaks to your soul can also help you feel less stressed during the time that you spend at home.
Add Furniture That Invites Relaxation
Do you enjoy reading the newspaper or glossy magazines? Are you always in the middle of a really good book? Why not carve out a reading corner in your living room or home office? Equip your reading nook with a comfortable armchair and ottoman to put up your feet. A recliner is an excellent alternative. Add a small table for a glass of water or cup of tea plus a snack, plus a good reading lamp for illumination, and the result is a refuge that you will look forward to visiting as much as possible.
Cut Out the Clutter
Are you always looking for things? If youíre not absent-minded, and even if you are, the real culprit may be that you just have too much stuff. Getting rid of clutter is a nearly sure-fire strategy for reducing the amount of stress you feel.
Block out a weekend and go through each room of your home. Ruthlessly throw out all the piles of unread magazines and junk mail sitting on your desk. Box up all your usuable unworn clothing and household goods and either sell it, give it to family members and friends or donate it to charity. Once youíve accomplished that task you will be amazed at how much lighter and more open your living space feels. You will also probably experience much less stress.
Add Visual Interest to Your Walls
Adding artwork to your walls doesnít necessarily mean laying out major amounts of cash on museum-quliaty art, although if you like it and can afford it, why not? However, framing and matting good quality prints or photographs of artwork represents a less pricey alternative to adding visual interest to your walls. Creating visual collages of framed shots of your family and friends adds a homey touch to your walls that can definitely bring your blood pressure down.
Amy Grimshaw is a yoga instructor. She loves writing about how to find inner peace at home on design blogs.