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

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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.

En­joy pot­ter­ing

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.

Layer tex­tures

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.

Sleep deeply

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

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