Happy Mother’s Day! As a frequent reader of our blog, you’ve no doubt been following our series on the features that the modern mom looks for in a new home. The last three weeks, we’ve covered the issues of storage, entertaining, and flexibility. In honor of the day itself, we’re covering relaxation, an activity all moms should be engaging in today. Since the modern mom is busier than ever, owning a home that maximizes your down time is very important. Here are some ways to design your Timberpeg home to promote relaxation.
Believe it or not, exposure to sunlight is one of the easiest ways to reduce stress. Exposure to sunlight increases your body’s production of serotonin, which in turn decreases appetite, promotes better memory and elevates moods. Homebuyers have clued into this truth, since homes today have many more windows than in the past. Cathedral ceilings are a natural fit in the post and beam home, and they allow for a large bank of windows in the great room. Even if you forego a large bank of windows, something like a sunny reading nook is also a great way to relax and take in the sun.
The bedroom is a more nuance
d space when it comes to light. An influx of natural light is a great thing in the morning, since it greatly aids waking up. At night, however, darker rooms promote melatonin production and thus a more restful sleep cycle. So, it’s best to design a bedroom with windows that let in morning light but block artificial light at night. If there are large sources of artificial light at night where you live, a feature like automatic window blinds may be a very relaxing addition.
Another way to make a space more relaxing is to use a natural color palate. While bright colors may be “exciting”, they do not promote relaxation. Colors like blues and greens can help define a relaxing space, while greys and white can also be crisp yet calm. Of course, there is no color choice more natural and relaxing than that of natural wood tones. Perhaps accented with wood paneling or plaster walls, the posts and beams of a Timberpeg home instantly promote relaxation.
Since most of us spend so much time working indoors, the outdoors can seem even more relaxing. Thus, by bringing the outside indoors, you can create a more relaxing home. One popular choice is to use French doors in spaces like bedrooms and great rooms. If you want to leave the doors closed, then flowers and indoor plants are a great way to bring the outdoors in.
We hope you have a great Mother’s Day. If this post has inspired you to create a relaxing Timberpeg of your own, please contact us.