For many of us, every one of our days is scheduled, from the time we wake up to the time we arrive back home. We’re in a constant state of “go, go, go,” and hardly even have time to take a 30-minute break for lunch amid all the chaos.
For these reasons, coming home to a calming sanctuary at the end of the day is incredibly important. The definition of sanctuary varies from person to person, but here are 10 ideas for how you can turn your home into an indoor paradise.
- Establish Clear Zones
Nothing gives the mind anxiety like disorganization and confusion. Establish clear zones throughout your house to separate where you work, play, relax, read, sleep and eat — and the list goes on. If you’re constantly eating in bed or getting some extra work done on the couch in front of the TV, you’ll be much less productive and have difficulty relaxing in those locations once you’ve gotten all your work done.
- Buy Some Silk Sheets
Still using those $20 Walmart bedsheets? While they will do for a while, investing in some high-quality silk sheets is one of the best ways to treat yourself. Warning: It will be even more challenging to get out of bed when you’re all curled up in soft, silky heaven!
- Place Plants Wherever You Can
A little greenery can go a long way — and a lot of greenery can go even further. Houseplants and flowers offer tons of benefits, including improved air quality and a soothing atmosphere. If you think you might struggle to keep too many plants alive, get some artificial ones. They still add to the ambiance — though you will be missing out on the respiratory benefits of live plants.
- Install a Screen Door
If you live in an apartment, maybe skip this one. For people who live in houses that don’t get much sunlight, adding a small window-like feature to your door or using a screen door can be game-changers. These simple modifications can transform your entire doorway into a window to let in more warmth and sunlight during the day. Plus, with screen doors, you’ll get to enjoy all the sounds of nature buzzing around outside.
- Bring a Hammock Indoors
Nothing says vacation like lounging in a hammock without a thing to do. While there’s no way to guarantee that last part, you can certainly bring the hammock indoors, preferably into a room where you have lots of plants. You’ll feel like you’re floating in the air in the middle of a tropical jungle.
- Incorporate Bamboo Elements
If you’re going for a tropical theme, it won’t feel complete without some bamboo elements. Use it as a decoration or to serve a purpose, such as for a fence, to create a specific aesthetic — like an island theme.
- Add a Water Element
You can’t truly imagine you’re in a tropical paradise without some water, right? If an indoor swimming pool or hot tub is a bit too extreme — or expensive — for your taste, there are plenty of simple options for adding some water to your home. You can find small indoor water fountains that sit on a table or bookshelf to allow you to enjoy the soothing sound of trickling water.
- Use Colors Wisely
You don’t have to be an interior designer to know certain colors evoke specific emotions or feelings. Typically, warmer colors — like reds, oranges, pinks and yellows — energize people and make them feel passionate. It’s smart to use these colors in rooms where you need to be extra creative, such as your workspace. For your relaxation areas, stick to cool colors like blues and greens to ensure you feel calm and mellow.
- Ensure Your Designs Are Cohesive
While each room in your house will have a unique purpose and design, you should try to coordinate your color schemes and decor tendencies as much as possible. Think about a luxury resort in the Caribbean — even though the guest rooms are decorated differently from the lobby, restaurant and other areas, there’s still a cohesive theme that creates that unmistakable feeling of relaxation and order.
- Keep the Place Clean and Tidy
Nothing ruins a well-decorated home like dirt, debris and clutter. Stick to a regular weekly cleaning schedule to ensure your home is always in the best condition, so you can spend the rest of your free time relaxing, rather than noticing all the dirt and furballs in the corners of every room. Take five minutes every day before you leave for work to straighten up. That way, you can come back to an organized, welcoming home.
Create a Personal Paradise
Everyone has a different definition of paradise. For some, it’s a tropical island. For others, it’s snow-covered mountains. Tap into one of your favorite vacation spots — and one that makes you feel especially relaxed — then plan your indoor paradise around that location.
This is a guest post by Kacey Bradley, the blogger behind The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us.