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Your home is your family’s haven, a place where you can relax and reconnect with each other away from the stresses of the world. However, with growing kids and a hectic lifestyle, all too often it can be more of a chaotic mess than a cocoon of relaxation that only serves to increase your stress levels. To help you reclaim control over your house here are some tips for creating a relaxing family home that your whole family will love to spend time in.
Lighting is important for creating a relaxing environment in your home. Try to use natural sunlight as much as possible during the day by opening curtains, as this is easier on your eyes and more in tune with the body’s natural rhythms than artificial light. During the evening when the light fades and you are relaxing with your family before bedtime, choose lamps and bulbs that create a soft glow rather than harsh, overly bright lights. Eco light bulbs are better for the environment and produce an attractive light source that is easy on the eyes. Or, you could combine light with sculpture with a or lava lamp.
What could be more relaxing on a cold evening than sitting in front of a roaring fire with your family, watching the dancing flames? If you do not have a functional flue or chimney breast look for a flue less fireplace, such as an environmentally friendly bio ethanol open fireplace. Fireplaces are available in a number of styles to suit your taste and home décor. You could find a salvaged Victorian fireplace to complement a period property, for instance, or an ultra modern electric fire. Have a look at to find out more about the different types of fireplaces.
Wet dog, cooking, dust … your home can collect a lot of unpleasant smells over the course of a day. While keeping on top of cleanliness and hygiene is key to ensuring that your house remains smelling fresh, you might like to add additional scents with aromatherapy properties to create a nice environment in which you family can relax and unwind. , for instance, are a great way of releasing a delicate scent into your room, or you could make it part of your evening ritual to light a scented candle.
Throws and cushions
Throws and cushions are essential accessories for any home to help you and your family relax at the end of a long day. They provide a half-way point before bedtime, allowing you to relax and comfortably watch a movie or boxset before heading off to bed. You can find an eclectic mix of cushions and throws at low prices from your local home décor store, giving your living room a bohemian look. Or, you might prefer to be more coordinated in your approach and chose those from the same color palette.
Creating an oasis of calm has never been easier.