How to get a calm room scheme
It’s time to embrace simplicity – decorate in a pared-back and fuss-free style for the ultimate mindful home
Avisually peaceful interior is one that doesn’t distract or stimulate us. Different colours have varied effects on our emotions. For instance, red is a powerful, stimulating colour that raises our pulse, triggering a ‘fight or flight’ response, so it’s not conducive to creating tranquility.
In contrast, white gives a heightened perception of space, while green refreshes and soothes us – perhaps because in the natural world, greenery is associated with water, which we need to survive. Similarly, busy patterns demand attention, while gentle patterns blend subtly into the background. The key to creating a tranquil room is to keep it simple – steer clear of dark, dramatic, rich colours or highly decorative designs. Instead choose pale, soft hues and discreet decorations.
Arranging display areas around your home can be a mindful exercise in itself, but few of us make enough time to just ‘potter’ about. Gather together your favourite photos, place single stems and fresh herbs in jars and vases and style an uncomplicated vignette with treasured possessions. The process of arranging and rearranging is extremely therapeutic. Activities such as this, when you’re busy enough not to be bored, but not stressed or rushing, encourage you to enter a mindful state.
For a soothing space, create a cosy retreat filled with tactile textures. Layer faux-fur rugs and throws with soft-to-the-touch cushions for an inviting corner where you can sit back, snuggle up and relax.
Make your bedroom tranquil with white floorboards and airy, sheer curtains. Use a gently mottled wall paint that’s reminiscent of a summer sky, or go for a soft tonal blue-green colour palette to create a soothing atmosphere.
Curb the clutter
A clean, sleek home helps you to relax and focus, so seek out storage solutions to streamline your space. But make sure you keep out some objects so you can create an elegant arrangement to inspire you. Chartwell chair, £299.99; curtains, from £39.99; cushions, from £9.99 each; rug, from £34.99; basket, £12.99; lantern, £19.99, all Dunelm