7 Things to Make Your Home a Peaceful Retreat

When it comes to our homes, most of us are always looking for ways to improve the functionality of our most treasured space. However, functional doesn’t always equal comfortable and that’s where these items step in to help. Whether you are looking to spend a lot or a little, these simple items are sure to turn your home into somewhere you can truly relax.

Dreamy Master Bedroom

Your Mattress

According to researchers, the average person spends about 26 years of their life in bed. That is by far the most amount of our life we spend in any one place. This is why it is so important that your master bedroom be as comfortable and peaceful as possible. The most obvious way to achieve that is to ensure you have a comfortable mattress. Like many things in our life, everyone has their own opinion on what makes a mattress comfortable, or what is the best mattress. Knowing the key factors to determine what you will find comfortable is imperative when selecting a mattress.

Mood Lighting

While the master bedroom is definitely used for sleeping, we also use it for other relaxing activities as well such as reading and watching television. Each of these activities requires a different light preference which is why lighting is such an important aspect in making our master bedroom more comfortable. Bright lights are often brash and are not needed for a task such as reading. Instead, consider investing in a lamp that has different brightness levels that you can adjust to your needs.

Comfy Seating Another option to consider is seating in the bedroom. This is important if you don’t like to sit in bed while relaxing. Some seating such as bench seats can also serve as storage which can help in reducing clutter and improving relaxation in your home.

A Soothing Environment

White Noise Machines

White noise machines are often thought of as being helpful to only children or people who live in noisy cities. However, all of us can benefit from a white noise machine. Not only can these machines improve our sleep, but they can also improve our mood when used as background noise when you’re unwinding from a long day at work. Most white noise machines include pre-loaded sounds such as a river flowing, rain, static, or a quiet night with insects chirping. Choose the noise that best suits your mood and don’t be afraid to play around and try out different noise options. You might be surprised by the sound that is most relaxing for you.

Oil Diffusers

Although they have become more popular in recent years, essential oils have been used for hundreds of years. There are many different uses for essential oils, but their effectiveness is often questioned. Whether you believe that essential oils can heal ailments or not, studies prove that certain scents such as lavender can reduce the production of stress hormones thereby allowing your brain to relax. If you are completely skeptical of essential oils and diffusers, you can always invest in a traditional candle. When selecting a candle to help you relax, it is important to ensure that it is created with true lavender.

House Plants

Another item that can dramatically increase the mood in your home is a houseplant. Not only do houseplants create a relaxing atmosphere in a decor sense, but they also have health benefits as well such as dramatically improving the air quality in your home while also reducing stress levels. Worried about your not-so-green thumb? Faux houseplants can have the same relaxing and soothing effect albeit without the air improvement qualities. Another option is succulents or even air plants if you prefer a plant that is low maintenance but still cleanses the air.

Paint Colors

Last but certainly not least, change the paint colors in your home. Natural tones such as beige, grey, and brown can dramatically increase the mood and relaxation quality in your home. Brighter colors such as red, yellow, and green can be hectic and thus make it hard to relax or focus. Some popular neutral colors are Repose Grey and Perfect Greige by Sherwin Williams, and Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore.

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