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How to Achieve Calming, Refreshing Décor
The interior of your home is important in creating ambience. In other words, colours, textures and pattern all contribute to how you feel in a room. A calm and refreshing vibe is perfect for any room from the bedroom to the hallway but how can you achieve this?
Some colour experts say that white is the most restful colour on the spectrum but this is entirely a personal choice. Some people find it too stark and too ‘white’. If this is the case, opting for light, barely-there colours such as white with a hint of blue or cream.
You can have a calm and refreshing colour scheme that has pops of colour in it, especially if you cluster colour in one or two areas. This could be vibrant coloured cushions or a collection of wall art and accessories.
Make more of the fireplace
In a room with a fireplace, you can really promote the calm ambience by making it stand out. There is something incredibly relaxing about not only the heat from a fire but watching the gentle lick of flames in the grate. Draw attention to the fireplace with a large mirror or wall art hung above it, along with well-chosen sculptural accessories.
Candles in autumn and winter
With the nights drawing in, you want to create a space that locks out the darkness and the bleak weather. With a neutral backdrop that is light and airy during the day, add candles to give it a soft glow of an evening. Use storm glasses with candles on the fitted living room furniture, for example, to make sure there are no shadows cast in darker corners.
Daylight in all seasons
Making the most of daylight should be something you aim for in every room, no matter the season. Summer light tends to be bright with golden rays of the sun (when it shines!) but in winter, the light tends to have a bluer hue. Keep window dressing minimal but with plenty of weight and texture in the winter and for shade in the summer.
For a space to be calming and refreshing, it needs to appeal to all sense and yet so often, we leave scent to chance. Adding scented candles is one option – don’t opt for candles that are too perfumed, however – along with fresh flowers.
There are often two ingredients that are lacking in a room that can feel stark and cold;
- Greenery – adding just a leafy green plant will make all the difference to a room. In fact, using houseplants as part of interior design has been key for many seasons. They will instantly lift a room and contribute to improving air quality too.
- Photos – there is a school of thought that suggests when we surround ourselves with things that make us happy, we are more content. And so family photos or photos of things that bring you joy in stylish frames around the room will bring calmness too.
Removing clutter and keep patterns and textures light also contribute to a room that feels both calm and refreshing.