5 Ways to Add Serenity to Your Home

Posted By on December 8, 2015

A tranquil home eases tension, promotes creativity, invites happiness, and supports good health. Here are five design tips for making your home a peaceful haven.

1. Use a serene color scheme.

Color psychology is the study of how color influences our moods and attitudes. For example, a Minnesota State University study found that white and green reduce stress. Below is an overview of the most soothing hues:

  • Violet – Representing peace and wisdom, violet resolves anxiety. It can ease you into sleep and is well-suited to bedrooms.
  • Green – This calming color is restorative. It refreshes tired eyes and reduces muscle tension. Guests waiting to appear on TV sit in “green rooms” to relax. Hospitals often use green in patient rooms to promote healing. Green is great for dining rooms.
  • Pink – This tranquilizing shade of red evokes kindness and compassion. Pink is used in prisons to tone down aggression. Currently, pink is a popular choice in living rooms.
  • Blue – By slowing pulse and lowering body temperature, blue is also ideal forĀ bedrooms.

Here’s a short, fascinating article on the home use of color psychology.

2. Surround yourself with gentle sounds.

Water Fountain – The soft sound of trickling water creates a peaceful backdrop to activity. As an art form, a fountain embodies graceful beauty. Running water generates negative ions that attract dirt particles, purifying the air. Hearing the water stream relieves muscle tension. It also stills the mind. The gentle cascade drowns out disturbing sounds, such as traffic and loud voices. The relaxation provided by a water fountain has a ripple effect, promoting tranquility during the day and singing you to sleep at night.

Instrumental Music – Melodies composed for the flute, violin, piano, and guitar are study-proven to induce calm. The Harvard Medical School cites the benefits of listening to music for cardiac patients. At Massachusetts General Hospital, patients who listened to music for 30 minutes experienced reduced blood pressure and heart rates. In another study, classical music relieved anxiety to the same degree as a 10 mg dose of Valium! 1/ Music has been shown to resolve migraines, strengthen immunity, and decrease pain.

3. Create a fragrant haven.

A 2014 article in The Huffington Post reports that fragrance has physiologic benefits. Fresh scents lower blood pressure, diffuse stress, and render restfulness. You can achieve these results with the use of:

Houseplants – NASA has identified 15 indoor plants that purify the air. The easiest ones to care for are:

  • aloe
  • English ivy
  • Chinese evergreen
  • cornstalk dracaena
  • red-edged dracaena
  • golden pothos
  • peace lily
  • mother-in-law’s tongue
  • spider plant

Gazing at plants also elevates mood. In a 2008 Dutch study, hospital patients with plants in their rooms reported less stress than those without them.

Light Bulb Ring – This is a small ceramic or metal cylinder that fits the top of a light bulb. The channel of the ring holds essential oil. Pour three drops of oil into the well, switch on the bulb, and breathe the delightful scent, diffused by the warmth of the bulb. The oil should be added when a bulb is cold, with the lamp switched off. You can purchase essential oils at natural food stores and amazon.com.

Mister – A spritz of mist infuses a room with a surge of fragrance. To create a misting solution, fill a spray bottle with 4 ounces of distilled water. Add 8 drops of essential oil and shake thoroughly. Then spritz to your heart’s content!

Note – The oil and water will separate, so shake the bottle before each use.

According to the American College of Healthcare Sciences, the following essential oils have a calming effect:

  • bergamot
  • clary sage
  • jasmine
  • lavender
  • rose
  • sandalwood
  • ylang ylang

4. Soothe with soft lighting.

Journal Sentinel offers these suggestions for how to design a cozy ambiance with lighting:

  • Suspend a chandelier over a dining room table.
  • Place wall sconces on either side of a bed.
  • Hang a candelabra from a living room ceiling.
  • Install recessed lighting in walls and ceilings.
  • Replace regular wall switches with dimmers.
  • Illuminate display cabinets.
  • Use lamps with soft bulbs.
  • Take advantage of electric candles.

5. Connect with focal points.
A focal point is the most prominent element in a room. It’s the first thing your eyes are drawn to when you enter. An existing focal point might be a fireplace or bay window. In that case, just add two more objects. If there are too many items competing for your attention, you’ll feel distracted and disorganized. Here are some examples of peace-promoting focal points:

  • aquarium
  • reclining chair
  • landscape painting
  • antique lamp
  • love seat
  • plant
  • bouquet
  • bookcase

A Relaxing Refuge

Make your home a refuge with the following five tips:

1. Use a serene color scheme.
2. Surround yourself with gentle sounds.
3. Create a fragrant haven.
4. Soothe with soft lighting.
5. Connect with focal points.

Enjoy your sanctuary!