6 Tips for Setting Up a
Soothing Meditation Corner at Home
By Derek Lotts
Every now and then, we all need a place we can go to in order to recharge our bodies, revitalize our minds, and nourish our souls, and our homes should be that one place we can rely on to bring us happiness and positivity. Having that special nook in your home where you can get some peace and quiet has become even more important now that we’re overwhelmed by the stresses and uncertainties of COVID-19.
Designing such a space is a matter of making a couple of simple tweaks here and there. Below, six tips for creating a meditation corner that oozes tranquility and positivity.
Use soothing colors to calm down the mind
Whether we’re aware of it or not, from the moment we enter a room, our mood is influenced by the colors we’re surrounded with. And it’s not just the colors but also their intensity that plays a role here. For instance, darker hues can shrink the room and make it appear more intimate, while brighter colors open up the space and create an airy feel.
When designing a space for relaxation, consider using earthy tones and chalky whites, drawing inspiration from Mother Nature herself. Paint colors, furniture, and decor pieces in soft tones can help improve your well-being, infusing your meditation corner with a dose of serenity and promoting relaxation and security.
Turn your living space into a personal plant sanctuary
There are many reasons why greenery is essential for designing a positive living environment. For starters, plants act as natural air purifiers, absorbing the harmful pollutants and releasing oxygen into the air, making it cleaner and safer to breathe. Given the fact that many of us spend up to 90% of their time indoors, keeping indoor air quality high is definitely a priority.
Aside from breathing life into interiors (literally and figuratively), this type of decor affects your productivity as well, and according to researchers, houseplants can improve mood, lower stress levels, and enhance mental focus. This makes it easier to indulge in daily practices that promote wellness and health, whether that’s meditation, yoga, or breathing exercises.
Let there be light
When creating a corner for relaxation, you also want to pay attention to the amount of lighting coming in. Choose a place in your home where there’s enough sunlight coming in, preferably the one that’s directly facing the sun. Natural light can help you focus better and enhance your mood, while also giving your body the essential vitamin D.
For those of us who prefer to meditate in the evening, relying on lamps can help create a relaxed environment and promote a sense of well-being. LEDs are a common choice in spa and massage centers, but candle lights can be even more effective in creating a relaxing ambiance.
Rely on textiles to make it feel comfy and cozy
How comfortable your meditation corner is will also dictate how much time you’ll want to spend there, and textiles can be a great tool in designing a cozy space that oozes with tranquility. Start by introducing the base layer with the help of soft floor covering. There are a plethora of options to choose from so it should be easy to find something that fits the style and color scheme of the room.
Other than offering a vast collection of rugs online, quality brands such as Miss Amara also offer styling services meaning you can find the perfect rug for your needs. Once you create the perfectly cozy base, move on to adding extra layers with throw pillows, blankets, floor pillows, and meditation cushions for added comfort.
Inject a dose of personality to your meditation corner
It’s no secret that we feel more comfortable in spaces that resonate with who we are as individuals, and this is why you should make an effort to make your meditation space more personal. This will mean different things for different people.
Generally speaking, you should focus on adding items that can help you feel more grounded when practicing meditation. From crystals to mala beads to dream catchers and essential oil diffusers, there are many ways to engage your senses and create a stress-free environment, whether we’re talking about a secluded area of a home or a personal corner such as a bedroom.
Work on minimizing clutter
When it comes to creating a place that promotes mental health, it’s best to follow the mantra ‘less is more’ and decorate accordingly. Start by removing any digital devices as they only act as a distraction.
Then, move on to minimizing clutter, keeping only those decorative pieces that ‘spark joy’, as Marie Kondo would put it, and removing anything else that may be overly stimulating to the senses. The best meditation corners are simple and minimalist, and keeping yours clean and uncluttered will make you feel calmer as soon as you walk in.
Finding mental stability in times that are anything but stable may seem challenging and sometimes even downright impossible.
However, finding peace within ourselves is imperative now more than ever, and opening up mental space with the help of meditation is one of the best ways to remain calm during such tumultuous periods. Use the tips above not as rules, but as an inspiration to create your own safe haven where you can slow down and go within.
About the author:
Derek Lotts is an experienced freelance writer and researcher. His main areas of interest are small business, home improvement, and sustainable living. He strongly believes in the power of sharing knowledge and ideas through the mediums of modern technology.