Our lives are set up in such a way that we are always tending to something that keeps us on our toes whether that be parenting, entertaining, or homemaking - it seems impossible to find time to practice mindfulness. Therefore, it is important we find ways of creating the time and spaces for mindfulness in our homes.
A mindful home is a home that provides a safe and calming space for us to live intentionally and in the moment free from external stresses.
Here are some ways to create a space that offers tranquility and allows you to live in the moment:
Create a serene feeling with colour
A selection of soothing, soft colours like light blues, greens, or neutral tones create a sense of calmness – they have a calming effect on the mind and can promote relaxation and mindfulness.
Dulux Colour Expert, Palesa Ramaisa, says choosing soft colour palettes is beneficial for the state of mind. “Start the day in a room filled with soft shades of tranquil blue like powder or with the easy on the eye sky blue to create inner peace for you”. Experiment with textured paint finishes to add depth and tactile interest to your space. Consider a matte finish or a subtle textured effect that catches the light. These finishes can provide a sensory experience and invite you to be more present in the moment.
Incorporate Mindful Art
Use paint to express your creativity and create mindful art pieces for your home. Paint mandalas, nature-inspired motifs, or abstract designs that evoke a sense of peace and stillness. Display these artworks in your living space as reminders to pause, breathe, and be present.
Remember that the process of painting itself can be meditative and mindful. Take your time, focus on each brushstroke, and let your creativity flow. Whether you're repainting a whole room or adding small accents, infusing your home with mindfulness through paint can create a serene environment conducive to inner peace and relaxation.
Create a Meditation Nook
Meditation has become extremely popular & the number of people taking up this practice is growing. Designate a specific area in your home for meditation or mindfulness practice. Paint the walls surrounding this space with a colour that inspires tranquillity and introspection. Soft pastels or warm earth tones are excellent choices for creating a peaceful atmosphere.
Burn scented candles
Light up candles that will fill your home with a beautiful smell and create a calming aura. Candles in the living room create a cosy and warm atmosphere and, in the bathroom, they give a spa-feeling at home. The gentle flicker of a candle flame has been shown to help relax the mind and body, reducing stress and anxiety levels. The aroma of scented candles can also help to promote feelings of tranquillity and calm, making them a great choice for use in meditation or yoga practices.
Introduce nature into your home
The easiest way to incorporate more natural materials into your home is to add plants. Plants release oxygen, helping to purify the air to create a cleaner, more restful ambiance. Popular choices for house plants include spider plants, aloe and Chinese evergreen. You can also use paint to bring elements of nature into your space. Consider painting a focal wall with a forest green shade or a mural of a serene landscape. Natural hues can evoke feelings of tranquillity and connection with the environment, enhancing your mindfulness practice.
Mindful home décor can elevate how you feel about your own space so uplift your senses with these décor ideas and create a calm and peaceful space for your family.
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