Zen Zone

How to create calming spaces

By MWB Desk

Whether at home or at work, given the increasing stress in our lives, it is ideal to have a sanctuary where one can relax and unwind and feel safe. Here’s how to create yours.

BANISH CLUTTER

Nothing causes stress like piles of stuff gathering dust and getting in the way when you’re looking for a specific item. Take an inventory of the things in your room, and get rid of anything you haven’t used in a while, or things that don’t “spark joy” and keep only what you truly need and love. Not only will you gain more space, you’ll find yourself feeling calmer afterwards. There’s a beauty in letting go.

HUES THAT SOOTHE

It has long been proven that color can have a significant impact on mood and emotions. Opt for soothing colors such as soft blues, greens, and earthy neutrals when planning your Zen zone. Not only are they calming shades, they’re also a great choice for our tropical climate.

LIGHT MY WAY

Along with the colors you use, lighting can play a role in how you feel within a certain space. Harsh, bright lighting can be jarring and disrupt your calm. Instead, wherever possible, use softer, diffused lighting (energy-saving bulbs are now available in warm colors!) and wherever possible, use natural light. It has a subtle uplifting effect.

BRING THE OUTSIDE IN

As life in the concrete jungle becomes increasingly more industrialized and frantic, it is important to maintain a close connection with nature. Adding plants, flowers, and other greenery can not only beautify your space, but also improve air quality and reduce stress levels.

TACTILE TRENDS

Texture can add depth and interest to your décor, creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Add soft throws, plush pillows, and textured rugs to create a restful and welcoming space.

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