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Design 101: How to Achieve the Perfect Feng Shui Interior Design.

Feng shui is popular in the interior design. The main goal of placing everything where it should be is creating an atmosphere that will affect your mind, stress level and comfort – without you even noticing it!

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Feng shui is popular in the interior design. This art of creating a space that’s detailed and organized turns every home into the most comfortable space you could live in. Apart from that, it also creates energy that can’t be manufactured in any other way. Such a natural flow is always welcomed, especially if you want to live a healthy life and dedicate your time to taking your life to the next level. The main goal of placing everything where it should be is creating an atmosphere that will affect your mind, stress level and comfort – without you even noticing it!

Let the sunshine in

An abundance of natural light is essential for achieving good Feng shui energy in your home, so always try to keep your curtains open. Sunlight is good for getting our energy levels up and it’s so much better than light fixtures. People living in a bright space feel more relaxed, and their mood is more natural. That’s why you can notice the change in your mood as soon as you open up your space to natural light, and this will soon become a part of your daily routine.

Apart from that, it’s recommended to keep the windows open as well because of the fresh air. This is sometimes hard for people to get used to, but fresh air is important for lots of things, including great energy in our home. It keeps us fresh and energetic, minimizing our constant tiredness.

The placement of the bed

You’ve probably never thought about how your bed should be positioned and which direction it should face. There’s one rule you need to start following first: never place a bed below the window, because it needs a much safer structure. Instead of that, place your bed on the opposite side of your door, but never directly facing it.

You should also avoid having a mirror in your bedroom and, as much as we all like playing dress up in there, this will create negative energy, so it’s better to avoid having mirrors. It goes without saying that all the electronics also shouldn’t be anywhere close to your bed because they aren’t good for your rest and sleep cycle, which means you should keep them in your home office or a dedicated working area instead.

Feng shui décor

Having a bookcase in your home is more than recommended because not only can this addition serve as an effective space divider, but it will also encourage your learning process. If you don’t have that many books, you can always add different types of Feng shui decorations and fill up space. Different scented candles and sticks will be perfect for creating a relaxing atmosphere too, but it will also blend in perfectly with the rest of the décor.

When it comes to textures, you can play with different natural materials and create an appealing and sophisticated interior. By using different floor rugs, you’ll create a space that’s rich with materials and a sense of comfort which is exactly what you need in a relaxing home. Don’t forget to use different colors as well – with the earthly tones leading the way, of course – because colors play a major role in a Feng shui design. Avoid bright colors or too many colors in one space because that will have the opposite effect from what you’re looking for.

Yoga and meditation

Practicing yoga is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle, and if you have a space that’s already decorated and organized in accordance with the Feng shui principle, there’s no reason not to introduce it into your life. If you’re already a fan of yoga, you know the importance of having a space that’s dedicated to health and peace, which is exactly what this design will provide.

If you like to meditate, you’ll need a corner specifically designed for meditation, because changing the area where you meditate too frequently is far from good. Due to that, think about a space in your home where you’ll feel relaxed and won’t be bothered by your family members. Many people choose their bedroom because of the tranquility it provides and all the positive energy that’s already in this space. Consider an area that you can tailor to your yoga session or meditation process, and get everything you need in just one place.

Once you start using Feng shui principles in your home, you’ll notice a positive change they bring into your life. Sometimes it’s not just about the furniture we use in our living space, but about positioning everything and organizing our home so that it’s comfortable and practical. With all these changes, you’ll soon want to introduce more and more healthy things into your lifestyle, and this is something that’s going to benefit you and the quality of your life.


About the author


CHLOE TAYLOR is an art historian and recreational ballet dancer. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. She also enjoys learning and writing about home design, since she is crazy about aesthetics. She is a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator
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How to Design Your Yoga Room at Home.

While heading to a yoga studio works for many of us, we have have other needs that make attending studio classes impossible. Maybe we’re introverted or have a busy schedule or need to be home with the kiddos and to take care of our chores. If you like the idea of being able to practice yoga whenever the mood strikes you, you may want to design your own yoga room at home. While you’re planning yours, try to consider the following aspects.

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While heading to a yoga studio works for many of us, we have have other needs that make attending studio classes impossible. Maybe we’re introverted or have a busy schedule or need to be home with the kiddos and to take care of our chores. If you like the idea of being able to practice yoga whenever the mood strikes you, you may want to design your own yoga room at home. While you’re planning yours, try to consider the following aspects.

 

Find Your Practice Area

 

 

The only requirement for your space is that you’re able to comfortably move your limbs in all directions when you’re lying down, seated and standing. Your space doesn’t have to be huge, you just don’t want to end up with a sense of claustrophobia. If you like to practice yoga with friends, of course, you’ll need a bigger room.

 

Many aspects of our space are up to each individual person. For instance, you may love practicing over a carpeted floor, which can give you extra padding for weight bearing postures. Or you may find that carpeted floor is too soft, which may motivate you to find a harder surface, whether you’re changing locations or placing a plank of wood under your mat.

 

Finding a suitable space can require creativity, which is part of the fun! If there’s nowhere in your home that’s suitable for a makeshift yoga room, why not create or build your own? You could install a decorated used shipping container or a roomy shed in your backyard – as a bonus, your yoga room will then be away from any indoor distractions.

 

You might be surprised at where you can find space in your home, too – perhaps if you rearrange some of your furniture, you’ll be able to create a dedicated space to practice yoga, if not an entire room. It’s important to stick to the same location for your yoga sessions, as doing so will help to keep you focused and may increase your motivation. Keeping your yoga mat rolled out will also serve to invite you to practice when your mind is on other things.

 

Curate Your Space

 

 

The only real essential that you need in a yoga room is a mat; other than that, what you choose to decorate with depends on your own preferences.

 

You might like to bring in a computer, so you can watch videos or listen to mantras, music, or white noise, or you might prefer to stick to a set of speakers to which you can connect your phone. Perhaps you prefer to practice in silence, in which case you won’t need any sound equipment!

 

Whatever you choose to place in your yoga room, try not to overwhelm it with clutter; a minimalist space will help you much more in achieving mindfulness. If you are repainting, choose a light shade for your walls. It’s worth avoiding mirrors and other distracting objects, but if you’re religious, you might like to have a statuette to bring you peace, while if you have trouble remaining calm, you might want to bring in an object that soothes you, such as candles, incense or meaningful chotchkies.

 

 

Control the Mood

 

Relaxing is much easier when you can control your lighting. For this reason, it’s a good idea to install dimmer lights so you can adjust the lighting at an appropriate setting depending on the time of day and the weather. You can also rely on candles to set the mood; they’re particularly good for meditation. If you like the idea of natural light, you’ll have to choose a room with large windows; rest assured that if this isn’t an option for you, good quality lighting will do almost as well.

 

Practicing yoga at home is a great way to both avoid a commute and to ensure that you’re able to indulge regularly. Try to set yourself a routine, either in the mornings or after you get home from work, and enjoy the freedom and peace that having your own home yoga room can give you.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Johanna Cider is passionate about living and writing about a healthy, eco-responsible lifestyle. She turns to lavender-scented candles, relaxing music, and a few minutes of yoga to unwind after a long day. Discover more about Johanna on her Tumblr page: Musings of Johanna.

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Best Yoga Studio Interior Design Ideas for New Studio Owners.

By utilizing appropriate interior design ideas in the form of practical lighting solutions, appropriate spatial organisation and fun accessories, you will be able to provide a yoga experience that will give your students a soothing atmosphere to get in shape, inquire deeply and reap the physical and cognitive benefits of a long-term yoga practice.

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You’re planning on opening a yoga studio but you are unsure where and how to start. It can be challenging to figure out the potential expectations and needs of your future students.

By utilizing appropriate interior design ideas in the form of practical lighting solutions, appropriate spatial organisation and fun accessories, you will be able to provide a yoga experience that will give your students a soothing atmosphere to get in shape, inquire deeply and reap the physical and cognitive benefits of a long-term yoga practice.

There are now interior design trends that can turn any yoga studio into a true oasis of peace and relaxation. In order to help you pick the best ones, we have singled out our favorite design must-haves for the ideal yoga studio. Let’s take a look and get inspired.

 

Lighting

 

The amount and type of lighting can benefit your patrons immensely when utilized properly.

If you’re able to find a space with large windows, it will allow for more natural light to fill the space and create an inviting atmosphere during the day. However, you also have to pay attention to the fact that your students require privacy, so it’s vital to opt for decorative frosted window film which will allow natural light but preserve the privacy students often need to fully engage in their practice.

Switching your incandescent light bulbs with neutral white LEDs is the perfect way to go. Not only is this an energy-saving solution, but these bulbs won’t cause your visitors eye strain or awful migraines and turn their lessons into a real nightmare. Lastly, make sure to invest in dimmer switches and adjust the brightness according to your students’ wishes.

Finally, feel free to explore other yoga studio lighting ideas until you discover what will allow you to create the ideal workout environment for your visitors. Apart from focusing on the type of light bulbs and their specifications, you will need to take your patrons’ point of view into consideration and place the lighting fixtures so that they provide enough light in all parts of the room for a variety of situations and atmospheres.

  • Try warm lighting for a relaxing atmosphere
  • Take advantage of natural light, but make sure to preserve the privacy of the room
  • Install dimmers for full lighting control
  • Play around with lights on the ceiling, lights in sconces on the wall, salt lamps, candles, etc.

Eco-friendly building materials

 

Nowadays, yoga studio visitors are extremely conscious about preserving the environment and stay up to date on eco-friendly trends. It  has become increasingly important to invest in sustainable options while you’re designing your studio, such as bamboo, linoleum, natural stone and other recycled materials. Yoga students not only want to be in space that has been curated according to environmental best practices, but they also want to experience the ambiance of nature.

If you’re in a position to change out the floors in your yoga room, bamboo is not only perfect for creating a comfortable floor for working out but it is also more water resistant than hardwood so all the sweat that drips on it won’t cause any moisture damage.

Lastly, consider adding natural stone on the wall as decorations which will add an earthy, natural touch to your studio and tie the whole place together.

Here are several more ideas on how to green your studio without major renovations and thus appeal to your eco-conscious audience.

  • Stick with environmental best practices when curating your studio
  • Add natural wood and stone as furniture pieces, flooring, wall pieces, etc.
  • Combine different natural materials to provide a natural ambiance

Colors

 

When it comes to finding the perfect color palette for your yoga studio, consider not only your branding, but the type of atmosphere students are looking for when entering a yoga studio.

Some yoga studios make the mistake of using vibrant and oversaturated colors which can alienate those who are looking for peace, clarity and simplicity. Try using light pastel shades and natural earthy tones which positively affect everyone’s mood and energy during yoga practice.

For instance, beige walls have a truly calming effect and when matched with turquoise accent walls, they can promote positive, focused thoughts and help everyone get the most out of their sessions. What’s best, there are now easy-to-use color palette generators you can use to find the best paint schemes for your studio.

  • Stick with earthy and natural tones including white, beige, and pastels
  • Use a color generator tool to choose your accent colors, and use these colors in all your branding material for the studio (website, fliers, business cards, etc.)

Quality Air

Having pure and fresh air in the studio is one of the key factors for creating the ideal space for yoga sessions. Mainly, better air quality means that your students won’t be at risk of suffering from allergy attacks and respiratory difficulties which will allow them to enjoy each class to the fullest.

Allergens like pollen and dust mites are common. Therefore,successful yoga studios are often dedicated to using the latest air quality enhancement technologies. The same goes for other studios from all around the world, including those in Australia, which all use efficient air conditioning  to provide clean air and eradicate pesky allergens.

Lastly, even though essential oils, incense, scented candles and plants can add freshness to the space, you need to know that they can also cause breathing difficulties to those allergic to them. With this in mind, ensure that you check with your students if they suffer from any allergies so that you can eliminate any possible threats.

  • Maintain the air quality in your studio with air purifying systems, fans and circulation
  • Opt for small plants that clean the air, and place them strategically to not disturb students who may be allergic
  • Be aware that students can be sensitive to incense, essential oils and scented candles. Ensure that if you are using these products to use them prior to yoga classes and fan out the room for a light scent.

Introduce greenery

 

These days, you certainly won’t find a modern yoga studio without loads of greenery. The reason for this is that plants help tie contemporary design elements together and can quickly turn an average space into a real healthy sanctuary by purifying the air and enriching it with oxygen.

For example, you can go for potted small trees like a dwarf lemon or a Ficus which will create a natural setting and make the studio feel more welcoming. On the other hand, for a different kind of look, you can opt for a Rubber Plant or a bamboo palm which will immediately transport your customers to a distant exotic location and turn their sessions into a treat for the body and mind.

 

Reception Area

Last but not least, every great yoga studio needs a lounge area where people can come to prepare or unwind before class. In a perfect world, you would want to have refreshments prepared for the customers so that they can stay energized, and individual lockers where they can leave their belongings.

If this is not realistic, having water and hot tea options are usually affordable and attend to students’ needs. In lieu of lockers, you can opt for cubby spaces both in the lounge area and inside the yoga room in case students don’t want to leave their belongings unattended.

Don’t forget, your lounge area has to have appropriate decoration in the form of motivational posters and paintings of remote areas of the world so that new students can get a wonderful first impression. Of course, this doesn’t have to be the only option. Instead, you can organize a small shopping area where customers can browse through your very own branded mats, t-shirts or even yoga-themed books. This will further reflect on you positive ratings and help you attract more customers. Lastly, if you want to add a more personal touch to the interior, think about hanging pictures of your yoga teachers and students on the walls. This will contribute to an intimate and warm atmosphere.  

Keep in mind that all senses need to be catered to in your studio so you should definitely get some scented candles and incense to create an atmosphere that will captivate your visitors.

  • Ensure that you have a large enough reception area to accommodate students entering and leaving the studio.
  • Install cubbies or lockers for students to leave their shoes, coats and personal belongings
  • Offer rental mats, hot tea, water and small snacks for students who need a pick-me-up before or after class.
  • Consider that your reception area is often the student’s first impression of the studio. Decorate accordingly to both welcome the students and introduce them to what makes your studio such a special place to practice.

 

As you can see, creating the ideal modern yoga studio is not so difficult after all. All it takes is willingness to research modern design trends and get to know your customers preferences and needs. Good luck with your project!

 

CHLOE TAYLOR is an art historian and recreational ballet dancer. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. She also enjoys learning and writing about home design, since she is crazy about aesthetics. She is a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator

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How To Create a Relaxing Bedroom Sanctuary.

Inviting a sense of serenity to your bedroom will not only fill you with peacefulness, but it will also contribute to your well-being. For instance, according to different studies, clutter can make you feel stressed and even cause lack of sleep. However, if you’re mindful of your bedroom design, you’ll be able to create a soothing sanctuary that will promote wellness and better sleep.

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Inviting a sense of serenity to your bedroom will not only fill you with peacefulness, but it will also contribute to your well-being. For instance, according to different studies, clutter can make you feel stressed and even cause lack of sleep. However, if you’re mindful of your bedroom design, you’ll be able to create a soothing sanctuary that will promote wellness and better sleep.

Get rid of clutter

A cluttered environment will make you feel cramped and claustrophobic in your own retreat, so make sure to create an open, organized bedroom. Decluttering your sanctuary will give it a fresh look, make it seem bigger and fill it with an atmosphere of positivity. You should keep your bedroom design simple, removing unnecessary items and neatly arranging everything from your closet to your nightstands.

 

Key Takeaways:

●       Keep your surfaces clear

●      Remove unnecessary items

●      Organize your closet

 

Clean it thoroughly

Since your bedroom is your personal area for relaxation and regeneration, it should be completely healthy. Thus, you should clean it properly and regularly, tackling all the hidden corners and dusty spots. Make sure to wash your sheets and other fabrics at least once a week. Furthermore, you should pay special attention to your area rugs because they can be home to a high level of toxins and allergens. Finally, when cleaning your bedroom retreat, make sure to use healthy cleaning products or solutions that you’ve made on your own.  You can check the Environmental Working Group’s report on some of the most harmful cleaners that you should avoid.

 

Key Takeaways:

●      Wash your sheets once a week

●      Deep clean your rugs

●      Avoid toxic cleaners

 

Improve your air quality

 

The quality of your indoor air can affect your sleep and your general state of mind. Purifying your bedroom from airborne pollutants is an essential step that will help you make your bedroom healthier. Aside from opening your windows regularly, you should introduce an effective air purifier that will cleanse your bedroom from even the tiniest particles. Introducing houseplants can also help you improve your indoor air quality while also creating a soothing natural vibe. Peace lily, Aloe Vera, English Ivy and Boston Fern are just some of the plants that you need in your bedroom.

 

Key Takeaways:

●       Open your windows

●      Add an air purifier

●      Decorate with plants

 

Approach your bedroom design with mindfulness

 

When designing your bedroom, and other parts of your home, you should find different ways to give it a mindful refresh. Every design element that you use can have a major effect on your mood and health, so you should be careful with your decorations and other design choices. After embracing a mindful approach towards decorating, you’ll be able to create a true Zen-inspired sanctuary, perfect for relaxation, rejuvenation and meditation. This entails carefully planning your bedroom design, including your furniture arrangement, materials and colours that you use and even seemingly insignificant details such as scents and shapes. For instance, according to Feng Shui, each shape represents a certain element (square=earth). Using a single shape excessively can create an elemental imbalance, which can affect the general atmosphere in your space. Therefore, you should be mindful of the design elements you use and how you use them.

 

Key Takeaways:

 

●      Plan your furniture arrangement

●      Introduce soothing scents

●      Be mindful of shapes and objects

 

Pay special attention to your bed

 

Not only is your bed the focal point of your room, but it’s also the spot where you go to sleep and wake up every day. Thus, it becomes obvious that your bed is one of the crucial elements that affects your quality of sleep and, thus, your health. Everything from its position to its decorations should be carefully planned. According to the Indian Ayurveda and Chinese Feng Shui, placing your bed so that your head faces the south or the east can improve the flow of energy and ensure better sleep. You should also simplify your bedroom embellishments – a lovely throw cover and a few cushions can be enough to elevate your bedroom décor without disrupting its visual balance.
Furthermore, your mattress is another element of your bed that you should pay special attention to. The quality of your mattress will undoubtedly affect your sleep quality and your back health. If it doesn’t provide you with appropriate back support, you’ll wake up every morning feeling tired. You should also have enough space to find the right sleeping position. Therefore, if you believe that your current mattress isn’t right for you, you should consider choosing a new breathable king mattress that you can customise depending on your needs and sleep habits. This way, you’ll make sure that you get quality sleep every night.

 

Key Takeaways:

●      Place your bed strategically

●      Keep your bed decorations simple

●      Invest in a quality mattress

Remove technology

 

A cosy, healthy and tranquil bedroom sanctuary shouldn’t be burdened with technology. By eliminating electronic devices, you’ll create a true ambience of peacefulness. Furthermore, you won’t be exposed to harmful blue light that can interfere with your sleep cycle. So, bid technology goodbye and welcome tranquillity instead.

 

Key Takeaways:

●      Remove electronic devices, especially phones

●      Don’t use technology at least an hour before sleep

 

Soften your lighting

 

Appropriate bedroom lighting is another factor to keep in mind when designing a cosy sanctuary. It should be adjustable, enabling you to change the mood depending on the time of day or your needs. In the evening, it should be subtle and slightly dimmed so that you can fall asleep more easily. During the day, it should have plenty of natural light that will open and brighten up your bedroom. Finally, you should also consider introducing blackout curtains that will help you block off street lights that may be disrupting your sleep during the night.

 

Key Takeaways:

●      Install dimmers

●      Maximize natural light

●      Introduce blackout curtains

 

Be careful with colors

 

A soft palette of muted tones or neutral shades is the most suitable choice for a bedroom. Brighter and more vivid shades can be overwhelming and energising, which isn’t appropriate for a bedroom environment. Subtle blues, greens, soft greys and beiges are the best option because they will have a calming effect, helping you relax and unwind. By introducing them to your bedroom, you’ll create a true atmosphere of tranquillity and serenity. Of course, you can add a pop of colour for accent details and decorations, giving your bedroom your unique personal touch.

Key Takeaways:

●      Avoid vivid color

●      Use soothing tones, such as blue and green

 

Transforming your bedroom into a soothing, healthy retreat is one of the simplest and most effective ways to promote your health and well-being through design.

 

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Mindful Interiors: How to Give Your Home a Mindfulness Refresh.

Not only will a mindful remodel help you design a more tranquil home that celebrates moderation, simplicity and nature, but it will also help you appreciate your space more and create a connection with your surroundings.

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Mindful living teaches you to appreciate the beauty of each moment and embrace serenity in your life. If you are setting out on a path of mindfulness, you will likely transform all areas of your life into natural peace and beauty.

This approach can include transforming your home into a mindfulness-inspired retreat that will fill you with peacefulness. Not only will a mindful remodel help you design a more tranquil home that celebrates moderation, simplicity and nature, but it will also help you appreciate your space more and create a connection with your surroundings.

Embrace Serene Colors

The power of colors is certainly not underestimated in a mindful home design. On the contrary, if you want to create a Zen-like vibe in your home and design a space that will help you be more mindful of the world around you, you need to introduce carefully picked shades. In a mindful home, the colors of nature, such as soft greens, clean blues, rich browns and other neutral tones, are an emblem of serenity. They will help you create a simple, understated base for other design elements while also introducing visual balance and peacefulness. Muted tones, chalky finishes and faded tones can all work together perfectly in designing a mindfulness-inspired sanctuary. However, a pop of dark, moody tones like deep purple or dark charcoal can encourage meditation and mindfulness, so don’t hesitate to use them.

Go Zen Where You Can, Especially the Bathroom

Designing a soothing bathroom retreat is another great way to invite mindfulness to your life. Taking some time to indulge yourself and appreciate the moment you’ve taken for yourself will fill you with tranquillity. Creating a bathroom with a Zen vibe will provide you with a calming retreat where you can do that. You should opt for a minimalist design, install subtle lighting and soothing colours. Natural accessories and calming fragrances are also welcome in a Zen-inspired bathroom.  

Optimize Your Bed

 

Your bed is an area for relaxation and your personal sanctuary where you can unwind, recharge your batteries and get ready for a new day. Thus, it’s important that you have a bed that inspires relaxation and comfort. You can go with a low ensemble bed that will be in the spirit of a Zen-inspired style. It’s important that your bed provides you with a feeling of comfort and ensure that you get quality sleep. You can go with Wabi-sabi inspired sheets that have a slightly wrinkled look. This will give your bed a cosy, lived-in look and help you create a calming ambience. Finally, you should take the time to make your bed every morning instead of just rushing out. Not only will this leave you with a beautiful bed, but it will also give you a moment before you go on with your daily duties.

Blissful light

Becoming more mindful will inspire you to embrace the flow of energy in your home. Letting sunlight permeate your home will not only make it seem brighter and more open, but it will also energise your space and have a positive impact on your mood. Thus, you should use every opportunity to welcome natural light to your home, open up your windows and feel the warm rays of sunlight. However, you should also be mindful of your artificial lighting and avoid fluorescent lights that may cause depression and anxiety. Instead, you should go with subtle LEDs, adjustable dimmers and intimate candles to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere in your home.

 

Go Natural

Adopting a mindful lifestyle will teach you to be aware of your environment and establish a deeper connection with nature. Therefore, you should adopt such an approach when designing your home and implement natural elements. Greenery will help you open up your space, make it more enjoyable and relaxing and elevate your home décor. Natural materials, on the other hand, will give your home an organic touch and fill it with a soothing natural vibe. Wood, stone, clay, marble and cork will help you design a nature-inspired retreat with timeless appeal. You can use them for authentic features, flooring, furniture pieces and decorative details, letting their flair and texture come into focus.

Stay Organized

Designing a mindful home means paying attention to what items you use and how you use them. Instead of just letting clutter pile up, you should remove it and use hand-picked items in your home. Introducing items with a specific purpose will help you appreciate them more. Furthermore, clutter can have a negative impact on your mood, making you feel overwhelmed and cramped in your own home. You should take time to declutter your space and create an open and airy atmosphere. However, you need to prevent clutter from building up, so make sure to keep your surfaces clear and your items neatly arranged.

Your home should be a place of tranquillity and serenity where you’ll be able to appreciate every moment that passes by. Thus, you should embrace these simple elements and bring mindfulness into your home.

 

CHLOE TAYLOR is an art historian and recreational ballet dancer. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. She also enjoys learning and writing about home design, since she is crazy about aesthetics. She is a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator

 

 

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Zen Bathroom Design Tips: Add a Little More Tranquility to Your Life.

A proper Zen bathroom will make you want to linger there a bit longer, just like you do in a spa.

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Who can say that they don’t need a bit more peace and tranquility in their life? We live in a hectic world and lead rather hectic lives, and we usually manage to relax and enjoy some peace in the comfort of our homes. We often see bathrooms as small sanctuaries and like to relax there, but if the space is cluttered, it’s very difficult to do so. This is why we’re offering you easy tips to turn your bathroom into a Zen-inspired sanctuary.

New colors

One of the best ways to feel peace is to turn to nature and find inspiration there, so we advise you use natural color schemes. The best choices are the colors that allow you to recreate the feeling of open spaces: green, sand, black, taupe and grey are among the most popular hues. They are very neutral and allow you to add a touch of unexpected, such as bright orange or ruby red. The key is to add these hues in small doses: towels, soap dispensers and cabinet handles. Earth tones will invoke peace and allow you to relax, but a bit of your favorite bright shade will make the space more inviting and familiar.

Light up

Light is very important in the bathroom – it allows you to see better when you’re applying makeup or fixing your hair, but it can also help you relax. Plenty of natural light is always a good idea. Skylights and windows are more than welcome, but you will also want to protect your privacy and have shades and curtains there too. Dimming lights are also great because they allow you to keep regular lights and dim them when you want to take a long, relaxing bubble bath. Having some candles close by is also nice, as these add a romantic touch. 

Spa luxury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The key ‘ingredient’ to creating the Zen-like atmosphere in a bathroom is to be able to create a sense of luxury and serenity. A proper Zen bathroom will make you want to linger there a bit longer, just like you do in a spa. We might not all be able to afford a Jacuzzi, but marvelous stone bathtubs will give you a similar feeling and won’t cost a fortune. Baths are better for relaxation because you can enjoy long, luxurious soaks, and you can light a scented candle and add a few drops of essential oils or Dead Sea bathing salts.

 

The smell of peace

There’s no point in doing a bathroom remodel-makeover if it smells unpleasant – you will not want to spend a minute there longer than it’s absolutely necessary. Aromatherapy will help you complete your bathroom transformation into a Zen sanctuary. You should try using some of the known invigorating scents, such as lemon, mint and eucalyptus, or something soothing and relaxing such as lavender, sandalwood, or perhaps thyme. Jasmine and rose water will make you feel like you’re in an exotic garden. Candles are the simplest solution, but you could also choose potpourri or a small oil diffuser.

Embrace minimalism

 

It’s easy to notice that minimalism and Zen somehow come hand in hand – stress is often caused (or amplified) by clutter, and by embracing minimalism you’re opening up the space and ‘inviting peace’ in. Your toiletries can be kept away in a cabinet and neatly organized so you can always easily find what you’re looking for, and all those old toothbrushes, empty shampoo bottles, and used expired makeup products should be thrown away. Make it a rule to keep your phone and laptop out of the bathroom too – you might think that you can reply to that email while you’re in there, but we’re sure it can wait for a few more minutes.

People hesitate to do a bathroom remodel because they fear it’s going to cost too much and take a lot of their time. When you make a good plan and organize your time, however, you will discover that you can easily create a Zen bathroom without a huge investment of time and money. A spacious, clean and neat space will feel like a real sanctuary where you will be able to find inner peace with ease.

 

CHLOE TAYLOR is an art historian and recreational ballet dancer. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. She also enjoys learning and writing about home design, since she is crazy about aesthetics. She is a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator

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Home Yoga Studio Design Ideas: 6 Interior Design Trends Perfect for Yoga-Lovers.

Yoga is an art that can be practiced anytime, anywhere. However, letting yourself go to the power of yoga in a comfortable, inspirational setting is truly a unique experience. Be sure to follow these timeless tips in order to create the yoga-inspired interior you always wanted.

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An avid and experienced yoga practitioner will tell you that you don’t need to be in a particular setting to achieve mindfulness, or practice your asanas – the only thing you need is a flat surface and the willingness to practice. But having a special place in your home specifically designed for the purpose of practicing yoga can certainly help you on your path to achieving true physical and mental strength.

While there are plenty of interior design options for you to choose from, ranging from traditional to modern and innovative, there are still several crucial steps you want to follow in order to create the perfect home environment for yoga practice. Here are the top six interior design trends that are perfect for yoga-lovers.

 

Embrace the open-space concept

Yes, commercial yoga studios are spacious for the purpose of accommodating multiple practitioners per session, but the design also has numerous other benefits. Spaciousness can allow you to release all of the negative energy more quickly than having to practice in a tiny room, with the feeling of freedom permeating your body with ease and uninterrupted fluidity.

So not only do you want to declutter your home meticulously, but you also want to embrace a semi-minimalist approach as well, as the fewer distractions you have in any room, the easier it will be to concentrate on the task at hand.

 

Introduce vibrant greenery

Yoga cherishes and nourishes your relationship with nature, helping you achieve true mindfulness with the help of calming greenery scattered throughout the household. You want to make sure every corner boasts a beautiful potted plant, so that you can rest your eyes on a relaxing image no matter the pose, no matter how much you contort your body, and no matter if you’re practicing in your bedroom, or the living room.

 

Illuminate copiously

Lighting plays a crucial role in creating the desired aesthetic appeal of your home, and it can also have a significant influence on the quality of your session. Naturally, you can practice yoga during any part of the day, but no matter if you do your asanas in the morning or late in the evening, you want to ensure the room is illuminated properly.

Make sure the room receives plenty of natural light during the day, preferably from multiple directions so that you can take advantage of sunlight no matter if you’re practicing in the morning or in the afternoon.

 

Create an inspirational view

If you are living in a house, you have the luxury of tailoring your environment to your exact liking, which means you can conduct considerable renovations in order to give your layout a unique look. In the pursuit of the perfect yoga-inspired interior design, having an inspirational view can make all the difference.

In recent years, a new and exciting design concept is popular in Australia and across the world – the concept of extending your studio, bedroom, or living room into the backyard by eliminating the wall facing it. There are some truly inspirational designs that professional architects have brought to life, so be sure to consider tearing down a wall in order to get a magnificent view from the room where you frequently practice your asanas.

Of course, renovation isn’t in everyone’s budget or interest, so the main thing to consider when setting up a space is what you would like to look at during your practice. A window? poster? Altar with candles? A good visual will add balance to your space and give you something to focus on during your practice.

 

Natural elements and striking accents

As we mentioned earlier, natural elements can make all the difference, and that’s why you want your home to boast wooden flooring, wooden shelving, storage, and even wooden window frames. Coupling a wooden interior design with greenery and a magnificent view will help inspire peace and positivity.

However, you do want to keep things interesting, so opt for vibrant accents in a variety of colors as well, such as a beautiful ornate vase, red scented candles, colorful throws, and textured blankets on the furniture.

 

Add motivational wall art

Finally, no matter the sport, no matter your experience level, motivation plays a big role in gearing your mindset towards success. So think motivational wall art in the form of a beautiful Mandala across the wall, or a lotus flower, or even framed quote art narrating the philosophies of yoga. The possibilities are numerous, so let your imagination run free and decorate your surroundings to perfectly resonate with your mind, body, and soul.

Yoga is an art that can be practiced anytime, anywhere. However, letting yourself go to the power of yoga in a comfortable, inspirational setting is truly a unique experience. Be sure to follow these timeless tips in order to create the yoga-inspired interior you always wanted.

 

 

 

CHLOE TAYLOR is an art historian and recreational ballet dancer. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. She also enjoys learning and writing about home design, since she is crazy about aesthetics. She is a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator

 

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7 Tips for Creating a Home Yoga Space.

You don’t have to drive half an hour to your yoga studio when you can have your private retreat right in your home.

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Don’t you just love the feeling of entering your favorite yoga studio? The smell of scented candles, the calming atmosphere, the soft colors… All of these create a sense of relaxation and well-being in people. And when you combine the ambiance with yoga practice and meditation, you have yourself the recipe for a happy and healthy life. However, you don’t have to drive half an hour to your yoga studio when you can have your private retreat right in your home! Here’s how you can create a lovely home yoga studio that will be your sanctuary from the world and your oasis of well-being and peace.

1. Declutter

 

Concentrating is an impossible task when you’re surrounded by clutter. Only items that are functional and beautiful should be present in your home studio. If an object has no purpose or aesthetic value, remove it. Your visual field should be clear and free of distractions.

2. Choose the right colors

There’s a whole branch of psychology dedicated to colors and how they affect human mood and behavior, so choosing the right shade can really make a world of difference. Muted colors and warm whites are great choices because they don’t demand any attention. You can also add a splash of green with plants (they will also provide your space with clean air and extra oxygen) or calming blue with decorative elements. However, regardless of the color, make sure you choose non-toxic paints which are much healthier for both you and the environment.

3. Provide good and clean flooring

 

Since you’re going to spend a lot of time on the floor in your home studio, make sure the flooring is clean. It’s hard to concentrate when you can see dirt rolling around or if you can’t stop coughing from all the dust. So, wipe and vacuum your floors regularly. Also, make sure to choose a yoga mat that’s soft enough on your knees and doesn’t slip when wet (you might get very sweaty during your practice).

And don’t rule out carpet! Carpet can be a great flooring, especially if you have tender joints like knees and wrists that ache on hard surfaces.

4. Use music for additional relaxation

 

Auditory cues have a great effect on human behaviour, so try to include music or sound in your home yoga studio. Select something that’s helping you stay focused and calm. For instance, put on some Chinese bamboo flute music mixed in with nature sounds and keep the volume level pleasant. You can also play a yoga instruction video or dvd that will help you with your movements. Listening to an instructor’s voice can be very relaxing too.

5. Natural lighting is the best

 

Lighting has a huge effect on human mood and well-being, so pay special attention to how you light your studio. Natural light should be your first choice since it helps the release of serotonin and the production of vitamin D. Place your studio in a room with lots of windows, and schedule your sessions in the morning or when the room is illuminated with natural light. If you live on the first floor and seek more privacy, white airy cotton drapes will shield you from unwanted looks but still let enough sunlight in. However, if your studio has a serious lack of natural light you can invest in practical skylights. They will provide you with warm sunlight that will illuminate your space and not make you feel exposed to strangers looking in.

For evening sessions you will need some artificial lighting. Soft general lighting is your best choice, especially if you have dimmers installed. You can also go for candles as long as you keep them at a safe distance from your body and hair.

6. Use pleasant smells

 

There’s a strong correlation between emotion and smell, so try to bring in aromas that evoke positive feelings and relaxation in you. You can opt for burning incense or aromatherapy candles. You can also make your own air freshener from flowers, herbs and spices, whichever makes you feel good. Artificial air fresheners might be too harsh on your nose. On the other hand, avoid odors that make you feel negative emotions. Dirty laundry, dishes or strong chemical smells can all cause distractions and even make you feel nauseous.

7. Mirrors?

 

Some yoga practitioners find mirrors very distracting and they don’t want them in their private yoga studios. However, they can also help beginners observe their posture and techniques, so it’s really your call if you want to put in mirrors or not. You might find them very useful in the beginning, but feel free to remove them once you’re confident in your form.

If you love yoga, having your private home studio will make you even a bigger believer in its powers. Once you achieve harmony in your space, you’ll feel stronger and more balanced. It will allow you to practice in total peace and privacy, and not think about anything else but your body. Namaste!

 

CHLOE TAYLOR is an art historian and recreational ballet dancer. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. She also enjoys learning and writing about home design, since she is crazy about aesthetics. She is a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator

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Meditation Podcast E35 – Creating a Meditation Space

Creating a Meditation Space – What are the key elements for your practice space, plus purity in meditation…

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The Pilgrimage of the Heart Mediation Podcast is a recorded broadcast of Sujantra’s weekly Tuesday night meditation class held in San Diego California. Each week Sujantra introduces a new topic related to meditation and leads the class through various types of meditations including: visual concentration, yogic concentration, breathing techniques, chanting and much more.

Ep 35 – Creating a Meditation Space – What are the key elements for your practice space, plus purity in meditation.

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Yoga Home Practice Room Ideas

Embrace Nature – Love doing your morning asanas surrounded by nature? Chant Om in an airy room that’s flooded with light…

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If you’re learning yoga and meditation online, then consider setting up a special place in your home or apartment where you can practice in a clutter free, calm atmosphere.

Go Minimalist

If you’re recreating a room for yoga, aim at a minimalist design free of distractions. A hardwood floor is ideal. You might need several yoga mats if you’re practicing on a concrete floor. If your room is carpeted, you might be able to practice without a mat.

Meg DePriest, a mother and yoga instructor in Denver, suggests you find a special place, “You don’t have to spend a ton of money or have a huge space. Just find a space in your house that makes you happy, chase the kids out every once in a while, and enjoy your practice.”

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Mediterranean Yoga Room

A peaceful, clutter-free atmosphere is ideal.  Most yoga spaces have bare floors, but adding a large rug can provide some extra cushioning.

 

Embrace Nature

Love doing your morning asanas surrounded by nature?  Chant Om in an airy room that’s flooded with light.

 

Yoga Heaven

Unsure what to do with the attic or basement in your home? Transform it into yoga gym. Add a yoga mat, some free weights, a stationary bike, and you’re ready.

 

Lighting is Key

Whether you’re transforming the corner of a room or an entire room, lighting is also important. Use dimmable lighting and shades so you can adjust the room for mood, style of practice and time of day.  “Traditionally, the lights are dimmed throughout the practice, and savasana, or the final pose, occurs in the dark,” added DePriest.

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