|Pregnancy is accompanied by a bunch of changes in lifestyle, routines, habits, relationships and, last but not least, your home. Why not take advantage of the change and spruce up your room and home while you’re at it? There are theories that say that the elemnts of a room has the ability to either help you relax or not. With all the stress that may build up during your pregnancy, you can take a few measures to make sure your home is not a precursor for stress, but a place to unwind and relax after a long day.
These seemingly insignificant elements have an impact in your mood:
• Color. You’d be amazed of the psychological effects colors have on us. Blue, green, lilac and cool shades of gray help you rest and have a calming effect, while tones such as bright yellow or red do just the opposite.
• Pattern: Harsh geometrical patterns can be tiring to the eyes. Opt for larger, soft patterns, with curves if possible.
• Fabric: If you want to add a tad of texture to your room, make sure it’s soft to the touch and easy to clean (remember you do have a little one on the way).
• Furniture: Comfort is your best ally. Choose something without many harsh edges (meaning, baby-proof) along with a simple and clean design.
• Pillows and throws: Same rule as the furniture, choose something that will add comfort and design to your room. Make sure it’s snuggle-worthy.
• Lighting: Light helps promote harmony and balance in your room. If you’re limited on windows, warm table lamps with a clean design will help you brighten up any room!
• Accessories: Even though we’re opting for a minimalistic design with the fewest distractions, there are a few add-ons you can include to ensure you get a mood-boost every day.
• Plants: No decoration will ever beat mother nature. Bring oxygen into your home and include some flowers like jasmine, violets, and gardenias. Nothing like a breath of fresh air to bring your day around!
• Scents: They have a powerful impact on your mood and your home’s atmosphere. Try with lighting some incense or scented candles. Even an aroma diffuser can do the trick! (Try playing around with these relaxing oils: lavender, chamomile, orange, cedar wood, peppermint).
There are tons of things you can do to prepare your home and make it a stress-free zone on a budget. Find what works best for you and your family and enjoy getting ready for your little one’s arrival.