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Wouldn’t it be lovely to come home to a room where you can just sit and let the tension drain away from your muscles? Your everyday life away from home can be intense, stressful, and on many days it’s just non-stop. When you come home, your living room should feel like a sanctuary of relaxation. But in winter, as the dark nights draw in, the light colour schemes that usually instil a sense of calm can feel cold and bare. With just a few little changes here and there and you will be able to add some personal touches that will create a cosy and relaxing living room for you, your family, and any guests who feel like piling in as well!
Start by getting rid of the clutter. Think about the last time you walked into a cluttered office space or a room that was messy. Did you feel relaxed or a little stressed? This is your haven, so go in with the mantra that a tidy house is a tidy mind.
There might not be much space for ornaments in your current design so get the basics in place. You’ve already got a sofa and a TV but investing in a coffee table is a good place to start adding that personal touch. Try finding one with drawers or shelves like this Neuvo Oak Coffee Table from Lights and Furniture so you can easily store things like remotes, books or magazines and keep your calm environment de-cluttered. Set the mood by placing flowers or scented candles on your table to create a focal point other than the TV. These Winter Botanical Candles from The White Company have a rich and spicy scent guaranteed to welcome you in from the cold and look beautiful too.
Remember to accessorise, a stark room that is unadorned, boring, and unwelcoming is not only dreary, but also lacks warmth. With a few simple accessories, you’re well on your way to creating a peaceful vibe. Add a rich throw in a soft colour like dove grey and coordinate with cushions in a contrasting and rich colour such as plum or burgundy. A sofa piled high with cushions and blankets is guaranteed to relax you as you wrap up and indulge in a warming hot chocolate or glass of wine.
During the dark days of winter, use soft lights on end tables or coffee tables to brighten up a room. A dimmer light tells your brain that night is drawing in and signals that you should begin to wind down so make sure you don’t use too bright a light bulb or you could find yourself wide awake.
Lastly, remember to make it personal. Photos of your family and friends will send you off down memory lane. Or fill a bookcase with your favourite books and get lost in a story that will make you forget all the day’s worries. So next time you’re struggling to relax remember these simple steps to unwind; de-clutter your room, dim the lights, light a few candles and snuggle down for an evening of blissful calm.