Your environment can have a big impact on your wellbeing. Therefore, creating a relaxing space to live in is really important – especially in current times where we may be spending more time at home than ever before. As well as the benefits that a relaxing home can provide, the process of creating a harmonious space also aids our wellbeing. The positive transformation that DIY can bring about can be very uplifting and fulfilling.
A peaceful space can be achieved by selecting homewares that have a calming quality. Both colour and pattern can have a profound impact on how relaxing an interior feels. I’ve selected our six best homewares to create that impression of serenity when you walk through the door.
1. Tropical Leaf Fabric – Mint
Bringing a little bit of the outdoors in with interior accessories can have a very calming effect. Our Tropical Leaf Fabric in a tranquil blue/green references nature in motif and colour. Blue is said to bring down blood pressure and relax the heart rate.
2. Rosette Cushion – Cream
Cushions create a comfy and inviting feel – the more the better. You want a layered look that you can sink into. Neutral shades in creams and grey create a feeling of calm. That’s because they are lacking in colour and so they don’t evoke any kind of emotion. Our classic Rosette design has just the right amount of delicate detail to create interest.
3. Flora Lampshade – French Grey
Our Flora Shade depicts a small ditsy repetitive motif. Its simplicity is easy on the eye and therefore has a calming effect. This design comes in a neutral grey – perhaps the most important advantage of decorating with neutral colours is their truly timeless appeal.
5. Etoile Fabric
Our Etoile print – a delicate geometric pattern – depicts a starry night in a neutral colour palette. Mankind has long looked to the skies for life’s answers, and astrology inspired designs allow us to think about the bigger picture and practice mindfulness. Neutrals look very soothing when pared with a very pale pink. If you select a pink that is pale enough, or as a grey undertone to it, it can also act as a neutral colour.
6. Inlay Fabric & Cushion
Our Inlay print’s circular design references a mandala, which is used as an instrument of meditation and symbol of prayer in Hindu and Buddist tradition. The concentric nature evokes feelings of calm, and channels focus and concentration.
8. Granada Fabric
A classic stripe design is often used in a scheme as a ‘blender’ print or a foil to busier prints. The formulaic structure of a stripe makes for a calming effect. Because our Granada print is hand-drawn and informal, its looser style creates a softer look than a harder edged stripe would. And the soothing pastel green shade symbolises nature, ensuring a feeling of calmness and tranquillity.
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