We already talked about self-care and its possible ways, and one of its features is taking care of the space that surrounds you. The emotions and habits of a person are directly related to the objects around him. If our hobbies and preferences change, the changes should be reflected in the interior, then we will be in harmony with the objective world. But even if no changes occur in life, the familiar environment sometimes needs to be “shaken up”. We tell you how and why. Spoiler: without repair and serious financial investments.
More awareness, fewer distractions
We perform many everyday rituals on autopilot. The routine has its advantages – it inspires us with a sense of security and stability, that is, it forms the very comfort zone. So why get out? Monotony can be depressing, narrow your emotional range, and turn life into Groundhog Day. If you feel the overwhelming effect of the routine, it is worth refreshing your perception. The easiest place to start is with the environment.
Cleaning and rearranging furniture can help form new habits, let go of old ones, optimize space, and improve quality of life. But you need to approach this consciously. You can think about purchasing modern furniture online and adding to your space something new.
This is not about the classic general cleaning. Wiping a dusty chandelier and cleaning out the balcony is a useful thing, but conscious cleaning is primarily about emotions and optimization.
The main goal is to get rid of irritants in the interior. Sometimes it’s obvious, like a picture on the wall that you never liked. Sometimes stimuli need to be calculated. Maybe the electric kettle is uncomfortable, and you reach for it across the table, and the microwave oven forces you to squat or stand on tiptoe, but it could be at chest level. You could not think about this discomfort for years, or you thought about it, but were too lazy to take any action.
Quite unobvious things can also act as irritants. So indoor plants, which are designed to be part of an anti-stress environment, can actually become a cause of stress if pets are happy to include them in their diet. Or maybe you are so immersed in work that even the cacti in your apartment are dying of dehydration?
If the exercise bike has long been a clothes hanger, does it make sense to keep it in the bedroom? Honestly answer yourself the question: will you use it?
Ideally, you should be surrounded by the things you need and love. By the way, you should also get rid of an annoying picture, even if it is someone’s gift. You look at it, not the giver. Remember that unnecessary and unloved things take the place of necessary and loved ones.
An unexpected thing in an unexpected place
Change doesn’t always have to be radical. Sometimes the perception of space can be transformed by just one thing. Especially if this thing is in an unusual place for it.
Today, designers are actively using this technique, pushing the boundaries of traditional ideas about decor. For example, paintings, indoor plants, chandeliers, and even chairs that escaped from the living room move to the bathroom.
Hang a picture in the bathroom, use stacks of books or old suitcases as a coffee table or bedside table, add an out-of-place chair to your dining set, hang a mirror over the kitchen sink, and smile at your reflection as you do the dishes.
A new look at the familiar
You can not buy anything new at all but transform the familiar. Using the potential of an existing thing is very modern and ethical, in the spirit of responsible consumption. You do not need to be a needlewoman or a jack of all trades to do this. Sometimes it is enough to paint the legs of a chair in a bright color and the thing will “play”.
You can transform a rack or bookcase by painting its inner surfaces in contrasting shades, or you can not paint anything at all, but simply arrange the decor on the shelves in a new way. For example, books can be arranged according to color gradation or the usual vertical rows can be abandoned, alternating vertical stacks of books with horizontal ones. Such a rack will look completely different.
Indoor plants are a proven way to breathe life into a boring environment. But, as mentioned above, this solution is not for everyone.
You may lack the time, energy, and knowledge to serve green households, but washing vegetables and fruits is easy. Use them as living decor.
A dish or vase with beautiful apples, lemons, or oranges is a bright spot in the interior and an opportunity to play with seasonality. In autumn, you can assemble a thematic composition of pumpkins, and on New Year’s Eve, build your own art object from sweets and mandarins. The main thing is to choose for these purposes fruits and vegetables that are stored for a long time.
Such decor will also allow you to develop a new healthy habit, for example: eat at least one apple a day.
Warm and light
The banalest, but the simplest and most effective advice in the selection: if you want to change the mood of the room, change the textiles or add a new light source.
Don’t underestimate the decorative power of new curtains, tablecloths, bedding, or bedspreads – these things take up a lot of visual space and greatly affect its perception. If you want to try on a new shade for your interior, use textiles. Stock up on a few replacement kits and change them depending on the season or mood.
Add a new mobile light source to the room’s lighting scenario: a table lamp or floor lamp, and now you already have a reason to sit comfortably in an armchair that you have never used and read a book that you have been planning for a long time.
Just one new light source can change the atmosphere beyond recognition if it is colored. It can be trendy neon signs, popular LED lighting, or budget-friendly solid color garlands. It is difficult to use such a color for functional purposes, its purpose is to set the mood.
The interior is a continuation of the person. It can and should become an assistant for everyone who wants to get more positive emotions from every day.