Slow living has become more than just a buzzword, it’s a movement. And no wonder since people every day are living at an impossibly fast pace. Slow living is all about taking a step back from the chaos and intentionally taking a slower approach to aspects of everyday life. It’s about decelerating the pace of our modern living and adding back balance, ease, and sanity.
We are excited to share a few of our favorite aspects of slow living, but in this week's blog, we take on how the slow living movement can be incorporated into home design.
Our surroundings have an impact on how we feel. Design can affect our mood and ambitions. To induce the slow-living concept into our lives it helps to incorporate a design that allows you to live in a more conscious, intentional, and mindful way. And yes, the interior of your home can help you feel more balanced! If you incorporate the following principles, you’ll be well on your way to creating a home designed with this in mind:
Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. This also means focusing on pieces that will last and not treating everything in life as disposable (sorry, IKEA)
Showcasing regional goods (or pieces from your travels)
Slow living design. Our tips:
Create gathering spaces that foster wellness, conversation and time with friends and family.
Place furniture so it’s positioned to entice conversation.
Family rooms with comfortable seating centered around a large coffee table for board games or hobbies.
Oversized dining tables with plenty of chairs that welcome meals together and lingering conversation.
Incorporate an organic and natural way of living.
Choose accent pieces with hand-loomed fabrics
Bring nature inside by adding branches from a tree, a fresh vase of flowers, or a bowl filled with rocks and moss from your favorite weekend getaway.
Chopped firewood next to a woodburning fireplace plays up both nature and functionality.
It’s all about warmth
Warmth can be incorporated with color, but it doesn’t mean you have to ditch the gray. Adding soft, touchable texture eludes to a comfortable warmth and a tranquil home.
Skills such as pottery and weaving trend with this design because they visually stimulate feelings of the slow art (and time) it took to lovingly put the piece together. For instance, if you select a natural woven pillow handmade by a local artisan, it reminds you of how the craft of weaving and the slow methodical art of creating that pillow took time, concentration, and connection with the skill. The very thought of that can help you disconnect from the chaotic world, making the design inside your home an integral part of reaching a more balanced mindset.
Unique, one of a kind pieces are dominating the home fashion industry. Original pieces of art and anything handcrafted allow for personal expression. “Self Expression” is the ultimate of the slow living trend. And again, this doesn’t have to be expensive. One of a kind pieces can even be made by you, or your children. It may entice you to embrace the whole slow living movement and take up a hobby or two!
It’s all about texture
You’ll find lots of layering of textures. Think about it: If everything is too similar, our eyes have trouble focusing. Using texture helps to bring harmony and balance to the room. Texture in this sense can come from a variety of sources from soft fabrics and textiles with movement to harder materials like wood and stone, on any touchable surface.
The easiest and least expensive way to add texture in the home is through fabrics and textiles. These are usually smaller pieces like pillows and throw blankets. Soft furnishings in a selection of textures can make a big impact when displayed together.
Ultimately, slow living is a connection with yourself, those around you, and the world. We hope that incorporating some of these ideas inspires you to take life a little slower.