According to the 2018 Life At Home study from IKEA, a 1 in 3 people who were surveyed reported feeling that "there are places where they feel more at home than the space they live in." This number, the report said, was up 15 percent compared to 2016, when only 20 percent of people they surveyed reported feeling this way. Making your home into a mindful sanctuary where you can relax and unwind is key to creating a positive environment that nurtures wellness and mental health — but, if you're currently not comfortable in your living space, it can be difficult to figure out where to start making changes. For anyone looking to change their living space for the better, these expert tips for creating a more mindful home can help.
First off, let's look into what a mindful home and mindful living actually are. Becky Snowden, an interior style advisor with Furniture Choice, tells Bustle that the terms simply "[mean] creating a living space that not only meets physical needs, but also benefits health and well-being too." Similarly, Dr. Traci Bank, a therapist and adjunct professor at Pepperdine University, told Lauren & Wolf Interior Design thatcreating a comfortable space can actually make you feel more connected to the world.
If you've never even considered how the design of your living space impacts your state of mind, according to a 2014 study published in Sage Journalsthere's evidence that everything from the type of furniture you choose and how you arrange it to the color of your walls can affect your mood. If you don't feel relaxed at home, then you definitely need to explore these ways to make your home a more mindful experience where just being there feels like an exercise in meditation.