A home is so much more than a building or a series of rooms.
It is your sanctuary, your haven – somewhere to welcome and entertain, but more importantly, a personal place, where you can relax. A truly comfortable hub in which you can reflect, recharge and rest.
This means all the elements within your home serve a purpose. They appeal to you through your different senses: touch, sight, sound and smell.
From the furniture you choose to the accessories that adorn them, everything plays a part. Softer fabrics absorb sound as well as being comforting to touch. Cool hard surfaces are clean and contemporary. Candles add aromas that can bring memories to life, while sounds of water, music or chimes keep you company and reflect your mood, helping you settle and even sleep. Natural fresh air and plants are proven to improve your mental health as well as your physical health. This all works together to create a mindful space, a home that is healthy and happy.
At Zhoosh Paints, we want to help people balance better living spaces, creating homes that are truly mindful. Our durable paints are 100% manufactured here in the UK and have minimal VOC content, with virtually no odour. The tins are completely recyclable once cleaned. Our earthy colours are reflective of nature and created to work together to provide rich and rewarding palettes.
It’s quite easy to achieve a mindful home. Here are some simple tips….
Natural light has been proven to increase concentration and focus and also helps you sleep better at the end of the day. It can reduce stress and anxiety, boost your immune system and your overall mood. Make sure your furniture doesn’t block too much light from your windows – try to make them a feature if you can, to create a seamless path from the outdoors in. Keep your windows clean and supplement nature with different types of lighting throughout the home: overhead lights as well as warming and comforting low level lighting – pendant lights and lamps.
Homes need to be able to breathe. Incense, candles and rooms sprays can be fantastic but there’s nothing like the feeling of fresh air through a home to promote a feeling of wellbeing. Even in winter, take the time to give your home a good airing as often as possible. As well as being good for you, it helps the house, reducing the risk of condensation, wood rot and mold. Schedule periodic mold inspections so you can detect any mold growth early on and seek mold removal or mold remediation services before it affects your family’s health and damage your property.
The term biophilia was first created in the 1980s, when American biologist Edward O Wilson first observed that, “increasing rates of urbanisation were leading to a disconnection with the natural world.” Plants are something that we turn towards, to help us reflect the outdoors in our homes – they look great but they are also good for our physical health.
There are over 12million #plantsofinstagram posts on Instagram, sharing lovely images, giving tips, asking for advice and quite frankly, just creating some really feelgood content. Worth a look for good ideas!
The colours on your walls are vital – they play a huge part in helping you have a mindful home. They can lift you, soothe you and wrap you in familiarity.
When you purchase the paint for your home, you are doing so much more than picking a colour. The walls of your home provide the base for your entire colour palette and will evoke the atmosphere and ambience from the outset.
By choosing the right tones, you have a starting point for all your accessories and accents, so researching options, trying samples and painting small sections is vital.
The colours you choose should be impacted by your lifestyle, your interests and the furniture and light within your home. Take the time to order swatches and samples, see which colours work together. Don’t be afraid to go dark, it doesn’t have to feel gloomy. And don’t forget the window frames and fifth wall – the ceiling! By bringing colour and shading to all areas within your rooms you can create more atmosphere and a feeling of more space.
The last few years have shown us all that we don’t know what is around the corner. Being at home needs to nurture and protect as well as inspire. Your home is now a place to work, to entertain, a place to relax, rest and recharge.
Don’t worry about trends. Look at what makes you feel good. We spend around 90% of our time indoors so it’s important to make that time and space work for us!
By: Jo Massie of Zhoosh Paints
Photo courtesy of Mary Sullivan