The Complete Guide to Creating a Peaceful Home
Home is the hub to rest our minds and bodies. So it’s important we create space for peace.
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When you consider that most of us start and end each day in our home, the idea of creating a peaceful home environment becomes more important.
Read on for our complete guide to understand the importance, benefits, and tips for creating a peaceful home environment.
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What Is a Peaceful Home?
A peaceful home is an environment that induces a physical and emotional feeling of safety, calmness, and serenity.
A peaceful home is not about how large your home is or any other tangible element in your home. It’s about how the elements in your home make you feel.
In the context of a peaceful home, it should make you feel, well, at peace.
How Important is Peace in the Home?
A peaceful home is important to be your haven away from external environmental stressors. Reports show that environmental stressors can harm your health, making a peaceful home not just a fairy tale wish but a fact to encourage healthy living.
The World Health Organization (WHO) quantified the health burden of excessive noise in 2011, citing the “burden of disease from environmental noise.” The report determined that excessive noise—think the noise from road traffic, trains, and planes—harms human health.
Chronic noise can be linked to high blood pressure, sleep loss, and heart disease and can provoke annoyance responses and changes in social behavior that interfere with daily activities at school, work, and home.
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The Negative Impact of External Stressors: How a Peaceful Home Can Help
Aside from the disruptive sounds of traffic, crowds, fireworks, and loud music, bright lights and other jarring external stimuli trigger your ‘flight or fight’ response. You may even encounter sight-unseen environmental stressors like smoke pollution or solar radiation.
These stressful experiences are mostly beyond your control.
Constant exposure to energy-draining responses and harmful elements can increase stress hormone levels, cause anxiety, and leave you emotionally and physically drained.
A healthy mind and body cannot exist with constant alarm, defense, and stress. Always being ‘on,’ with no solace to recharge, will lead to burnout, even for the most resilient people.
A peaceful home can be an antidote to external stressors.
Benefits of a Peaceful Home
A peaceful home can help prevent burnout, reduce stress, improve your health and well-being, and create a sense of safety in your home. It’s perhaps the only environment you control, so choosing to create a peaceful home can also be empowering.
At home, we have the freedom and privacy to experience some of our most intimate and vulnerable moments. We can learn, grow, and share with the people we love the most at home.
When you create a peaceful home, you clear the canvas for incredible memories and good health.
What Makes a Home Peaceful?
A peaceful home is inherently subjective. So what makes a peaceful home—from the lighting to the layout to your home fragrances—will reflect your unique preferences. And this is okay.
The goal of creating a peaceful home is to create a space where you and your family feel safe and comfortable, both emotionally and physically. After all, peace is a feeling—a sense of ease and calm.
How Do I Establish a Peaceful House?
Curate the rooms and spaces in your house with intention. While the word ‘curate’ might seem exclusive to an art curator selecting fine art for a prestigious museum, curating your peaceful home is just as, if not more, honorable.
Perhaps seeing your home as your personal museum or sanctuary will help you better choose the linens and layout of your space.
Consider applying the principles of color theory or feng shui to help inform your decisions. This way, every design and layout decision will aim to foster peace in your home.
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6. Candles can help increase focus in a work from home environment
The rise in WFH and remote work means our workspaces are full of comforts—and distractions. But why would anyone light a candle at their work desk? To keep those distractions at bay. From chatty co-workers (albeit via Slack) to social media, candles are a thoughtful corporate gift that can help us focus and create space for us to do our best work.
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The presence of a candle flame can set a calming mood. Wooden wick candles in particular have a unique soft-crackling sound, which can serve as natural and relaxing ambient sound in one’s space. Plus, select scent profiles, like citrus, woody or a floral scent of a scented candle can influence physiological responses that help keep the mind on track.
7. Candles can be an environmentally responsible gift choice
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Depending on the candle’s vessel, most candle jars can be upcycled after the burn cycle of the candle. It can be used as storage, glassware and more, so you can feel good knowing that your gift will keep on giving! And your candle gift (once upcycled) can be a pleasant reminder, if not a conversation piece in their home, of your thoughtfulness.
A candle gift set solves my gifting needs—but wait! I don’t know what candle scent they may like 😟
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So a candle gift set meets your needs, but you’re not sure what scents they like 😟 Pro tip: consider an unscented candle or a gift set that offers a variety of scents.
The unique thing about Spoken Flames’ Trio Sets is that each candle gift set has a variety of scents with great range—from woody, citrus and floral in our F, Yes Collection, for example.
Your gift recipient would never get bored, and it increases your chances for satisfaction with a broad range of scents in their hands.
Because Spoken Flames candles are message-driven, our motivating candle statements (even without scent) mean that you’ll still win big with this meaningful gifting choice!
What’s the Difference Between a Peaceful House and a Peaceful Home?
Though we’ve used the terms ‘house’ and ‘home’ interchangeably in this article, it’s worth considering the difference between creating a peaceful house versus a peaceful home.
The idea of a peaceful house is structural. It’s a physical and intentional build-out designed to de-stress and create peace. Think Swedish cabin with a meditation room on the rooftop. Or a minimalist steel-framed house elevated over a pond.
These peaceful houses were built in and around naturally occurring land forms with the intent of peace.
Not everyone can build the house of their dreams in a rainforest or over a pond. But no matter where you live or what type of living space you are in, the point is that you can create a peaceful home.
The idea of a peaceful home is making the space—any space—you inhabit your quiet refuge.
Peaceful Home Decor Ideas
1. Plants: Houseplants can help purify the air of toxins, eliminate odors, and promote feelings of calmness and peace.
2. Scented Candles: Fragrance from a scented candle can influence our mood and, quite literally, our brain. In our conversation with Town & Country Magazine, we shared with readers that “scent impacts how we experience our space. It can trigger our brain receptors to respond calmly, or even with excitement or vigor.”
3. Art: Part eye candy, part subject of interpretation, art can be a calming, peaceful home decor item that keeps your mind stimulated.
4 Tips to Creating a Peaceful Home
1. Audit your current home space. See how it makes you feel and determine what is and is not bringing you peace.
2. Engage your senses. Consider scented wooden wick candles, sleep sound machines, and accent decor that pique (and calm) your senses. These items become a stimulus that physiologically encourages a peaceful response in your home and your body.
3. Start with a corner. Creating a peaceful home doesn’t require a total home makeover. You can start with one corner in one room. Create a small space as a peaceful mini-retreat in your home.
4. Turn to nature. There are some common plants and textures that induce calm and peace. Think lavender stems and soft cotton sheets. Bring a bit of the outdoors in to create your peaceful environment.
Want to Learn More About Mindful Living?
Whether you’re just learning how to create more peace in your home or already living in your dream home sanctuary, curating a peaceful home environment is a practice of mindful living and mindful self-care.
There’s more to a peaceful existence than our home, and at Spoken Flames we explore all aspects of mindfulness, home decor, and self-care.
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