Throughout this past month, I have been in the slow and ongoing process of moving from my little hometown of Fruitvale, B.C., to the big city of Burnaby, B.C. This is my biggest move so far. I am always trying hard to live a minimalist lifestyle which includes owning minimal items however each one of my family members told me I brought too much stuff (lol). I struggle with getting rid of things (as most of my family does as well) but am currently working on making my new home as minimalist and efficient as possible.
The most exciting part of the moving process for myself is... DECORATING. I love creating new space. Every room has potential to affect your energy, motives and moods. Some increasing positivity while others increasing negativity.
In this post I will be discussing the importance of creating your space to fit your own needs and will include some tips on how to make things work best for you. Here is my number one rule to keep in mind throughout this read.
Less is more.
Maybe I should get this tattooed on myself. I constantly need to remind myself that less is more. This applies to many more aspects of life than just designing. Less decorations can lead to a more efficient work space. Less colour can calm the mind more. Less talking allows for more spatial awareness.
When it comes to decorating your bedroom, living room, bathroom or other space, take a look at what resources you have and tell yourself "Less is more".
I especially use this when decorating my bedroom walls. A small painting can brighten up the room equally as much as a large tapestry would. I opt for simple art, homemade gems or important pieces of information (schedules, events, homework) to hang on my walls. If you have a desk in your space, consider a lamp and calendar to stay organized. Plants, candles and gems always bring an energetic glow to your space as well.
Above your bed should be something you enjoy looking at everyday. Maybe something that encourages you, something to start your morning off right. I was graciously given a hand woven cloth from my now deceased great auntie that states the Doukhobor saying "Toil & Peaceful Life". When I see this piece, it brings me back to my roots and lowers my inner anxieties. Just hearing the word "Peace" can calm me down. Thankfully, my family preaches the importance of peace and helping one another and I enjoy thinking about that everyday.
Find something you enjoy reading or looking at and place it above your bed to inspire your daily motives.
The next piece of advice I have for your when creating your space is to notice the colours you are surrounding yourself with. Have you ever heard of Colour Therapy?
"The energy relating to each of the seven spectrum colours of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, resonates with the energy of each of the seven main chakras/energy centres of the body." (http://www.colourtherapyhealing.com/colour-therapy/what-colour-therapy ...check out this link to learn more).
Colours have a strong connection to the holistic body and can alter your mood, feelings and actions. They relate largely to your psychological, emotional, and mental well-being. Many alternative medicine practitioners would agree.
Years ago, my bedroom was bright yellow. It was a happy room but it did not make it easy to sleep. After that, I painted my room deep red. Red can bring your to connect to your base chakra and can also encourage passion. In this room I found myself sleeping a lot without letting much light in. It was not for me. My most recent year in Penticton ended up with my room being 3 different shades of bright blue. Blue can offer peace and relaxation however, I found it too bright for myself.
THANKFULLY, (Seriously I am sooooo thankful) my newest place has neutral colours. White/grey walls and flooring allows myself to decorate with whatever colours I choose. White encourages simplicity and purity which can relate to my holistic life goals.
Since pink is my favourite colour, I chose to decorate with it often. Pink relates to femininity, self knowledge, health, creativity and happiness.
I am encouraging you to notice the colours you surround yourself with and correlate them to your feelings. It will make a difference in our sleep, your energy and your emotional state. Check out this picture for some helpful colour information. (https://ciprianicharlesdesigns.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/emotional-and-psychological-meaning-of-colours.jpg)
Finally, the last piece of advice I can offer to you creating your new space is to fill it with things that you adore.
For instance, I love plants. All forms of nature to be exact. I surround my entire house with them. Trees in the living room, bamboo in the bathroom, ferns in the bedroom. Plants can clean the air surrounding you as well, offering fresh 02 for your lungs if you are stuck in a stuffy place.
Another thing I love is crystal healing. I recently, found my old rock collection from elementary school that had loads of healing gems. I placed these around the house and especially my bedroom window sill to encourage positive energy, happy thoughts and to clear any negativities that could be present.
In addition, adding scents to your space will offer positivity. Candles, essential oils, incense, Scentsy, whatever works best for you. Place a different scent in each room of the house. My obsession with essential oils has lead me to discover my love for lemon. Take advantage of the fact that you can smell and use it to uplift your mood.
It takes time to find what suits you best. Try new things and note how you feel. Use this to explore creating your space. Please let me know if you enjoyed these tips.
Thanks for reading how to flourish.