IS YOUR SALON STRESSING YOU? 12 STRESSFUL DECORATION MISTAKES AND HOW TO FIX THEM. We will help you identify the vital points to transform them into a relaxing space, especially after a long stressful day. Clutter is one of them, but point it out because there’s more. Eliminate them!
1- OVERLOAD THE SHELF
It is one of the elements with the most visual weight in the room, the point where our eyes rest as soon as we enter this room. So stand in front of it, look at it, and think about what objects you can remove to eliminate visual noise. Do the same for the shelf at the entrance of the house.
Remember that these are the most critical first 5 seconds when strangers come into the house.
So, what are the keys to making your living room more refined?
Alternate your books with a few decorative or plant elements (no more than one per shelf), place some copies vertically and horizontally, and do not fill all the spaces to ventilate the shelf and the living room.
2- TOO DECORATE THE LIVING ROOM
Take a look at the rest of the furniture in your living room: is it cluttered with frames, figures, vases…? If so, clean the surfaces.
It’s not about pushing minimalism to its maximum expression either. Still, it’s about being a bit selective (it’s time for you to get rid of that little figurine they brought you back in memory of a trip that has nothing to do with you).
In this case, the decorator Sylvia Preslar decided to decorate the sideboard with a careful composition of paintings and mirrors and a small sculpture, which gives warmth and personality without saturating.
3- SPLIT CUSHIONS
It seems like an unimportant detail, but make no mistake: seeing your sofa decorated with cushions that have nothing to do with each other is stressful. It does not give a modern interior that is coordinated with the rest of the decoration. It’s the same for the bedrooms.
We assure you. Play around with two or three solid shades in a range of colors to match the color of the seat, add contrasting touches, and… how about removing the ones that don’t suit you?
4- PLAIDS AND BLANKETS ARE ALWAYS IN BETWEEN THE TWO
If the rule “a place for everything and everything in its place” does not suit you, there is another reason why calm does not reign in your living room, including the sofa.
Decorating the sofa with a colored plaid is very good, but it must be avoided more than a compliment; it is a nuisance that always gets in the way.
One solution is to use pretty baskets to organize these textile accessories and place them where they do not disturb: the free space under the coffee table or a side table is perfect.
This dresses up the room while being practical, especially in winter, to stay warm. We can follow this principle for the toys of our children, but also of our pets.
5- AND THE SAME WITH CELL PHONES, CHARGERS, AND TV CONTROLS
Please make sure these gadgets don’t end up scattered on the coffee table, or they will also cause you a feeling of stress, especially when we can’t find them.
If you didn’t know, chaotic space can be uncomfortable for our bodies.
Look how we decoratively solved the problem: allocate a nice box or tray to store controls, cell phones, headphones, and chargers.
6- HOW TO HIDE CABLES IN YOUR LIVING ROOM AND TV
Those of the television, the loudspeakers, the decoder bothers, yes, and it’s a real nuisance when they get tangled, especially when we want the cleanest living room possible.
Therefore, the cables are always hidden, ideally collected, tied, and out of sight to increase visual comfort in the living room.
7- FURNITURE THAT DOES NOT MATCH WITH THE REST OF THE DECORATION
Who doesn’t have an old inherited piece of furniture at home that they don’t want to get rid of but doesn’t go with the decoration?
There are a thousand ways to integrate these pieces into current atmospheres: from coating them with a layer of wax in beautiful color to painting them in a tone that matches fabrics, paintings, etc.
In this case, decorator Maite Prats chose to update an heirloom dresser with a coat of paint in a light color to choose its weight. The important thing is not to mix several old pieces in the same space.
8- WHAT DOES YOUR LIVING ROOM SMELL?
Yes, the decoration also goes through the choice of perfume in your living room.
If on returning home after a day’s work, as soon as you enter, you smell a good perfume and a pleasant smell, you will immediately feel much better, calmer. The key lies in the messages transmitted from the smell to the brain.
The aromas of lavender and jasmine are the most recommended to calm stress. So now you know, specific floral compositions, mikados, or aromatic candles will help you fight foul odors and perfume the room daily.
9- OPEN THE WINDOWS AND LET THE AIR CIRCULATE!
Another tip to eliminate the risk of stress is to ventilate well in the living room and the whole house.
Opening the windows every morning to let in some fresh air will help remove “stuffed up” air and regulate humidity, creating a much more appropriate feel-good climate. Ten minutes a day will suffice to renew the air in a room.
10- MORE NATURAL LIGHT IN HIS LIVING ROOM
If you are lucky enough to have huge windows facing the sun, take advantage of this to let natural light in and flood the room. If your window is not vis-à-vis, then do not put a curtain.
Also, if you want to achieve a truly relaxing space, illuminate your living room with different points of light: a general, with several lights; ambient, with lamps next to the sofa, on a chest of drawers… to create other scenes, and punctual, with wall sconces or spotlights that help you highlight the bookcase or a unique piece of furniture.
11. NEVER FORGET THE PLANTS IN YOUR LIVING ROOM AND OTHER ROOMS
So when you want to get away from the stress and bustle of the city, do you think of escaping to the countryside or the mountains? Just like taking a step into nature is relaxing, decorating the living room with plants will also help relieve stress and anxiety.
12. BETTER ISOLATION IN THE LIVING ROOM
The cars in the street, the neighbors, the baby upstairs who can’t stop crying, the TV on the ground floor… Improving your home’s insulation is the best solution to fight against noise pollution, and there are many ways to do this: from installing double-glazed enclosures covering the floor with thick carpet that dampens noise and vibrations.
And at home, the same: put the television at a much lower volume or, directly, remove it and create an atmosphere of well-being with calm music.