Mindfulness is a phrase we have been hearing excessively. We have also heard it being described as a way of life. From mindful leadership to mindful dressing, there are many ways it is practiced by people.
But what is Mindful Decor?
Mindfulness is a way of life of course, but more importantly it implies that we must be more aware of the decisions we take. Whether our dressing or the things we buy or even what we eat, when these tasks are done mindfully – with careful attention – it can change the way we live and ensure calm, helping us live in the moment.
Mindful decor can shape the direction our lives take, by making sure we buy things for the home in a ‘well-intention-ed’ and mindful manner. Design is nothing but an extension of our personality and we often buy things that we like to surround ourselves with. Infusing beauty and thought into it, makes it purposeful, keeps us happy and builds a space that supports our every intention.
How Do Interiors Affect Us?
We have often heard how people and homes give out negative vibrations. Some research has shown that homes which seem stressful, with decor that clashes together is bad for health, the mind and the growth of an individual.
As people, we build our own reality. Positive thoughts build a positive environment and the same with negative thoughts. Homes that have decor which is excessive, with much clutter and things bought without a thought, affects mood over a period of time. It isn’t happiness that we feel when we return home but claustrophobia. We collect things and never give them away, letting them occupy our space. We buy furniture and upholstery on impulse, never thinking that what may look great in a store can look horrendous at home.
What Defines Mindful Decor?
An individual who loves lighting his home but waits and plans the layout and arrangement for light fixtures, will get an ambience that is carefully cultivated with much thought. Similarly jacquard and velvet fabrics look rich, but will they be suitable for your small home? Is a 6-seater dining table necessary for a family of 3, even if the intention is to be ready for emergencies?
How Can Mindful Decor be Implemented?
Mindful decor is not a one-time affair but a lifetime of practice. However, it isn’t too late to start. Below are a few ways on how to go about it for your home.
- Buy mindfully, with thought. Rather than buying many things at random, and regretting later, think a few minutes before you buy. Go around the store and pick things up only if you think it is absolutely necessary.
- Throw away what you don’t need. Although difficult, it is a must. Furniture and accessories accumulate over time and become too personal to throw away. However, if you feel that something has extended its purpose, then throw it away or give it to the less fortunate.
- Choose furniture wisely, blend it with your decor. Go back twice or thrice to see whether you will really need it. Furniture buying is a big purchase decision and has to tick various boxes for it to become suitable for your home.
- Decorate your home with a bit of yourself, with memories that make you smile, reminisces that keep you happy, the colors you love, your tastes and needs of the people in your life. Let everything come together harmoniously.
- Buy only essential furniture. For small spaces, choose functional furniture – a couch that doubles up as a bed, kitchen counters that double up as breakfast spaces or curtains that can be wall partitions
- Choose colors minimally. Although tonnes of colors look very vibrant at first, you may not want to be surrounded by it as the days ago. House once painted never gets re-painted for several years. 2 or 3 main color palettes used intelligently and throughout the home, brings cohesiveness and keeps things connected.
- Make peace with chaos. No home is perfect all the time. Kids either make homes messy or animals are usually all over the place. Being mindful is also accepting that such things can happen and not getting hassled by it.
“In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being.” Eckhart Tolle