Second part of this post.

Elements for the Senses

Having the sense of sight is so powerful that even the colors that you see can affect you physiologically. Hues not only define the aesthetics of the space, but, when done correctly, they also aid the body in achieving proper rest. Blue is commonly used in bedrooms as it can bring calm and reduce tension. The right kind of blue—soft and neutral—soothes and helps people sleep. Green, being the color of nature, keeps the mind refreshed. Be mindful, though, to avoid certain greens in your dining area and kitchen as it can suppress your appetite. For such areas, reds and yellows are the better choice as they stimulate taste. Neutral colors add flexibility to your dwelling since they go well with all your other colors and furnishings. Grays add a cooling impression to a space, while browns and beige offer warmth.

Prints and patterns should also be considered when decorating a space for relaxation. Loud and dynamic graphics send signals to the brain to remain active, thus, making it hard for one to wind down. These should be put in areas where you have no immediate sighting as you rest or sleep. On the other hand, visuals of nature—foliage, calm bodies of water, serene skyscapes—with comfortable viewpoints are effective in reducing tension. To further heighten this effect, you can incorporate indoor plants and natural decorative pieces such as pebbles and candles in your home’s aesthetics.

For one’s sense of touch, it goes without saying that a right bed is a major factor in relieving stress. Mattresses and pillows come in a variety of sizes, thicknesses, composition and technology that can cater to specific needs like relief from muscle pain and fatigue. Getting the appropriate mattress and pillows for your needs is a crucial consideration in setting up your bedroom. In addition to this, furniture pieces where you spend a lot of time lounging should be as comfortable as it is good-looking. Fabrics covering your bed, chairs, and sofa must be friendly to your skin to avoid irritation.

The ambient scent of your house is another element that is often neglected, but is just as important. Aromatic oil diffusers and water-based air purifiers give a subtle, tranquil presence to a space. With their wide assortment of scents and intensities, you can customize your home’s aroma to your liking. Similarly, the sound of your immediate surrounding is an easily accessible and customizable element to include in your arsenal of stress-relieving hacks. Music of your preference can be played in the background while you unwind; you can also use natural sounds such as ocean waves, running streams and still forests to alleviate anxiety.

Carrying troubles and worries is an unavoidable valley in one’s everyday living. Beyond your home’s aesthetics, nonetheless, perceptive design and intelligent planning can relieve you from your weariness and improve your temperament. Small changes in interior spaces make a substantial difference in the dweller, from the moment they wake up to the second they sleep. Now, bearing these things and the elements of your home in mind, the pivotal question comes: How will you be feeling tomorrow?


Originally published in the Philippine Star’s Modern Living section.




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