No doubt, the living room is that part of the house where we can unwind after a hard day’s work. While the bedroom is always a great place for resting, the living room is where we cool down. Indeed, nothing beats a relaxing evening enjoying your favorite drink and watching Netflix with your feet propped up on the coffee table.
After all, living rooms should be designed to give you optimum comfort. To make you more conducive to relaxation, it’s important to make sure you design your living room in a way that helps you reduce stress before you hit the hay.
It all boils down to how you decorate the room itself and how you maintain a calm and anxiety-free atmosphere. Here are some ways to help you get started.
Clean out the clutter
Before you begin decorating your room, make sure you have it cleaned out first. Indeed, clutter can lead to a lot of stress, which can also be one of many potential causes for migraines. You want your living room to help you de-stress, so it’s best to keep it clutter-free.
First of all, organize the books on the shelves and throw away decorations you don’t need anymore. That way, you can free up space for decorations that can actually help you overcome stress.
Consider art pieces
A portrait or a still life composition can do wonders to a living room. Not only will it make the room stand out and fill up excessive white spaces, but a carefully selected painting can significantly reduce anxiety and fatigue.
Abstract art is often a great choice for modern homes, but to achieve a more relaxing feel opt for watercolor compositions. They are easy for the eyes and inspire a lighthearted feeling that puts people at ease.
Place potted plants
Aside from art pieces, you can also place potted plants around the living room. Plants are a great stress reliever, so you should be able to position them in places where they are easily seen.
For instance, you can place a plant in each corner. You can also place them on the side of your furniture. Depending on preferences, you should be able to choose plants that will complement the overall look and feel of your living room. You will also provide it with a more relaxing vibe.
Upgrade your furniture
If your furniture pieces are old and decrepit, maybe it’s time to shop around for suitable replacements. For a more cost-effective approach, you can simply repair or refurbish your furniture to make it as good as new. Apparently, there’s nothing a new coat of varnish can’t easily fix.
Don’t go overboard
As much as you want to provide a lot of furniture and stress-relieving trinkets, you should know that less is always better. One thing’s for sure, putting a great deal of unnecessary items in your living room can actually cause more stress.
It’s for this reason that you should be more careful when it comes to designing or rearranging the appearance of your room. A good rule of thumb is to make sure everything works harmoniously rather than focus on the things you need to buy in order to give your living room a fresh new look.
Thanks to Dr. Mike Pilar, DDS for collaborating with us on this post!