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The feng shui challenge: how to transform your home into a haven

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21 Nov 2017

Posted in:  First Time Buyer

Your home is more than just a place to lay your hat. It’s a place where you should be able to unwind and refresh away from the stresses of your day. We all live stressful lives so having a comfortable place to call home is crucial to maintaining a peaceful balance.

So, for all those who are thinking of buying a place of their own (or for those who just have), here are some top EBS Mortgage Master tips for making your home a relaxation haven.

Brighten up

The addition of sunlight does wonderful things for the mind. Just think about how much happier we all are when the sun comes out for one of its occasional visits!

Apply that same logic to your home. Lighten, brighten and inject some happiness by replacing heavy curtains with sheers, remove any light-blocking furniture and let natural light stream in. In terms of décor, add some colourful accessories and fresh flowers to revitalise the space.

Invest in comfortable seating and bedding

You might see the word ‘invest’ and wince, but if you’re smart you can definitely make savings on pieces for your home. Accessories, décor and occasional furniture can be snapped up super inexpensively. However, there are certain things that you shouldn’t skimp on.

Consider the amount of time you spend in bed or on the couch. Then think about how much money you spend on fancy clothing you only get a handful of wears out of. Seems like a fair deal to put the money towards a comfortable couch that’ll become a statement piece for your living room.

In terms of investing in furniture, don’t skimp on your couch, bedding or dining chairs. You don’t necessarily have to buy the most expensive models on the market, but it is wise to choose quality pieces.

Treat the senses

This next tip for making your home a haven is potentially super inexpensive, if not free. Don’t underestimate the power of the senses!

A huge part of why we feel calm when we visit a spa is down to the relaxing scents, music and colour scheme.

Aim to make adjustments in your home that will comfort each of your senses.

Make it feel physically comfortable to the touch, have a Bluetooth speaker on standby ready to play your favourite music from your phone, light scented candles, eat good food and decorate with colours that still your mind. This might all sound silly, but you’d be surprised how much more relaxing your home can be when you make sure these five things are accounted for.

Tick all the boxes

There comes a time in life where staying in becomes the new going out. Well, build your living environment in such a way that it reflects your newfound needs.

Optimise for your interests, so think: creating stations in your house for entertaining, Netflix binges, solitary reading and study. And if you have kids living with you, and space that allows, try to create zones for them to happily (and safely!) amuse themselves while you relax.

Create order

“A cluttered house is a cluttered mind” – or so goes the old proverb. You’ve heard it a million times, but it really is the easiest and most cost-effective way of creating a whole new feeling in your home.

You might even make a profit on the exercise by donating your old clothes to charity, and selling homewares or books on auction sites. For some more top tips on decluttering, check out our Marie Kondo-inspired Pinterest board.

Add personal touches

According to interior designer Nate Berkus, “Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love brought together under one roof.” The most important part of having a haven to come home to is making sure it’s your haven.

Don’t underestimate the warm, cosy feeling personal touches can evoke. Salvage something from your granny’s attic or display your kids’ craftwork. Make a tradition of collecting a ‘present’ for your home every time you travel or hit a milestone in your life.

For example, print and frame your phone pictures. When you look around your house, you’ll be greeted with memories of happy times in your life. Like the saying suggests, the picture lasts longer!

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