Creating a serene space is one of the easier ways to promote relaxation. Coming home to an organized, calming environment is key to feeling happy and stress-free. These are just a few of my favourite basics for a tranquil living room (and they’re super easy to incorporate):
1. Throw pillows
I don’t think you can ever have too many throw pillows…at least that’s what I tell myself when I buy another unnecessary pillow for our condo (whoops!). I just love the versatility of throw pillows. They are easy to decorate a room and couches are like a blank canvas waiting for a new pop of colour (that’s how I justify my throw pillow purchases)! They’re also great to help transform a new room. When the seasons change, why not change the pillows?!
I definitely don’t have a green thumb when it comes to keeping plants alive, but succulents and cacti seem to be foolproof. A little bit of water every couple weeks and they sit pretty without needing much maintenance. I love the look of these plants, they add a little bit of green to a room and they also cleanse the air.
Candles have such a calming effect. They’re warming, centring and soothing. One of my favourite things going right now are flickering flameless candles…they obviously don’t give off the mesmerizing effect of a real candle, but they’re nice to have on without worrying about whether or not you blew out the candles!
Statement baskets seem to be all the rage in home decor lately. They’re a great addition to any room and add lots of character to a room. I have a cute woven basket in our bathroom for holding toilet paper and a funky chrome, geometric basket in our living room for magazines. I love baskets for living rooms because they’re easy to place under a side table or next to the TV stand and you can keep all your magazines/books in one place. A great way to de-clutter your coffee table!
I can’t get enough of my diffusers. The first diffuser I got from Saje was my AromaGem and I loved it so much that I got another one! I could honestly have one in every room. I love how clean and calming they make the air – they also smell amazing. These are a must-have for a serene space.
6. Table Lamps
Lamps are perfect for making a space warm and cozy. What’s better than snuggling up on the couch with a good book and the lamp on? Don’t you find it creates such a relaxing atmosphere? I do! Lately I’ve been gushing over how chic lamps can be. I seem to be a bit obsessed…but for now I’m just looking and not pulling out my wallet. At least I can just look right? I have my eye on a few…and these are the contenders:
What items do you find essential for making a space serene?