Feeling stressed? Bring a little more zen into your life with our top tips for creating a more mindful interior and adding a touch of hygge in your home.
In the run up to Christmas as life gets more hectic, it’s more than normal to feel stressed. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a guide to help bring a little more zen into your life. Incorporate these top tips to create a more mindful interior and add a touch of hygge in your home.
Work with the character of your home
Whether you live in a Victorian terrace, modern new build or '60s brutalist block, creating a mindful home is all about making the most of what you've got. Look at your interior, think about the space and identify any standout features such as traditional mouldings, an unusual layout or modern fittings. Consider whether your possessions and furniture work in harmony with these features. Unifying the two will help your home feel like a more calm and consolidated space.
Hazelwood Close, Ealing, W5
This four-bedroom, bay fronted period property retains many of its original features such as its sash windows and fireplace. The house offers versatile living space with a formal reception and a separate snug, a kitchen / diner leading out to the garden, four double bedrooms, two well equipped bathrooms and an additional utility room. The current owners have made a point of showcasing exposed brickwork so as to bring character to individual rooms.
Contact Winkworth Ealing & Acton or call 020 8896 0123 for more information.
A mindful home doesn't have to mean a minimalist one, however trying to fit in too much furniture will make your space feel busy and claustrophobic. Instead, invest in a small number of good quality pieces that complement your home (if your budget doesn't stretch then try second hand and vintage furniture). More floor space and room to roam will help contribute to the feeling of having 'space to think'.
Kier Park, Ascot
This impressive, detached six-bedroom villa boasts an imposing double-height entrance hall and ample entertaining space downstairs. The property is substantial in size at over 6,500 sq ft and is beautifully finished in neutral tones with a contemporary finish. The current owners have been careful not to over furnish the larger rooms so as to maintain an air of spaciousness.
Contact Winkworth Weybridge or call 01932 854400 for more information.
Master the art of tidying and decluttering
In the words of Marie Kondo: "tidying orders the mind while cleaning purifies it". There's a reason why Kondo's book is a best-seller. Once a month try spending a Sunday afternoon sorting through your possessions. Donate or throw away anything you don't love - the key is to surround yourself with objects that make you happy.
The large clean living room of this beautifully laid out property has been left clear of clutter and boasts an uncomplicated decor. The kitchen is perfect for entertaining and features a large island unit with plenty of storage to keep pots and pans out of sight. Four large bedrooms, one en suite and plenty of eaves storage make it the perfect family home.
Contact Winkworth Exeter or call 01392 271177 for more information.
Embrace natural materials and textures
Try investing in pieces made of natural materials, such as marble, wood, hides, clay or wool. These materials are ideal for helping an interior feel more cosy and homely, which is especially important in modern new builds that can sometimes feel cold.
Kidbrooke Grove, Blackheath SE3
This vast seven-bedroom, four-bathroom house upholds excellent decorative order and stylish modern living with wood flooring throughout and elegant marble finishes to the kitchen and bathrooms. As well as benefiting from its prime location near Blackheath, the property boasts a cinema, sauna and gated off-street parking for four cars.
Contact Winkworth Blackheath or call 020 8852 0999 for more information.
Maximise natural light
Exposure to natural light is essential for maintaining good sleeping rhythms and boosting your happiness levels. Try and make the most of the light sources available to you - consider taking down curtains or knocking down walls that block natural light from spreading.
Goldstone Crescent, Hove
A striking expanse of floor-to-ceiling glazing in this six-bedroom property showcases its picturesque views and captures natural light throughout the whole home. It occupies an imposing location overlooking Hove Park and has been finished in the highest quality materials - both internally and externally - to create the ultimate in luxury living.
Contact Winkworth Brighton & Hove or call 01273 772 175 for more information.
Be smart with storage
Finding smart storage that works in harmony with your interior will help hide away your knick-knacks and in turn promote a sense of organised calm. Look for solutions that are both practical and complementary to your home aesthetic.
Main Road, Dyke
Cupboards and chests of drawers feature in each room of this stone-built property to maximise storage throughout, while the master bedroom has been finished with fitted wardrobes to create additional space and clean smart storage. Highlights of the property include four large bedrooms, LED lighting throughout, a south-facing garden and an open paddock.
Contact Winkworth Bourne or call 01778 392807 for more information.
Bring nature indoors
Plants are one of the best ways to create a more restful home. Not only do they look good but they also have a host of benefits for both body and mind. Plants are great for improving air quality and are said to boost your mood due to the process of having to care and nurture them.
Stoke Holy Cross, Norwich
Pot plants and vases have been placed in each room of this four-bedroom property to add an element of greenery throughout. Not only that, but the large windows allow light to stream through while affording views over the immaculate lawns and garden. The family room seamlessly flows through to the snug and to the kitchen; just perfect for bringing the family together.
Contact Winkworth Poringland or call 01508 528880 for more information.
Create a quiet space
Remember when you made dens as a child? Somewhere cosy to escape reality. Embrace your inner child and create a space in your home that is entirely devoted to peace and quiet. Whether it's a comfy chair, window seat or a pile of cushions in the corner of your bedroom, a dedicated quiet space will help you truly unwind. Just make sure it's away from technology and (if possible) other people!
Alma Square, St John’s Wood, NW8
The quiet place of this property is a gorgeous living room - separate from the main reception room - with natural lighting, a fireplace and two lounge chairs to sit back and relax in. This substantial five-bedroom Victorian home also benefits from having direct access onto the only private communal garden square in St John’s Wood and boasts excellent entertaining and bedroom accommodation, along with a delightful private rear patio garden.
For more information contact Winkworth St Johns Wood or call 020 7586 7001.
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