If we’ve learned anything after hunkering down at home during the pandemic, it’s that our homes should be serene spaces that supply positive vibes and feel-good energy. No surprise then that Swasti Sarna, Insights Manager at Pinterest, says that nesters are already going out of their way in 2021 to manifest more soothing spaces at home with the help of mystical décor elements.
Curious how you can sprinkle some metaphysical magic into your space this season? From carving out a designated meditation nook to employing protective crystals, burning sage, and more, here’s how to create a more spiritually inspired space while decorating your home.
Place protective crystals in high-traffic areas of your home.
An ancient technique that dates back to 4500 BC, alternative healers have long held the belief that certain semi-precious stones and crystals have metaphysical properties. Along with protecting you and your home from negative energy, proponents of crystal healing say that stones such as quartz, amethyst and opal can boost your focus, mood, and creativity.
Employ a handful of protective crystals, including Clear Quartz, Black Jade, and Black Tourmaline, in different high-traffic areas of your home, like your entryway, nightstand, or living room media console, to clear the space of bad vibes. Or, try a Black Obsidian or Pyrite stone to spark creativity and lower stress levels in your bedroom or home office.
Smudge your space every week.
If you aren’t already hip to the metaphysical powers of smudging — aka ritualistically burning sage or another sacred plant — then now’s the time to smarten up. A centuries-old practice employed by everyone from shamans to alternative healers, smudging is believed to help purify the air, and more importantly, clear space of negativity to make room for fresh, positive energy.
Keep your home free of bad vibes by lighting a sacred healing plant, such as white prairie sage, sweetgrass or juniper, and slowly walk around your space to allow the smoke to drift around. You can also incorporate a mindfulness practice, such as a manifestation affirmation, into the routine to help you stay present at the moment and focused on positivity.
Design and display a dream board in your WFH area.
Like a mood board with an esoteric twist, dream boards are a tool used by astrologists and psychics to help people visualize their fantasies. Fashion your own old-school dream board in your bedroom or home office by pinning aspirational images — such as ones that represent a dream job or a sought-after travel destination — on a sleek wall-mounted pinboard so you have a physical reminder of your goals to help you manifest them into reality.
If you prefer to create a digital dream board, you can head to Pinterest to create a secret board with inspirational images. Or, try a dream board-specific site, like Dream it Alive, to build your own one-of-a-kind dream board to help activate your subconscious mind and evoke the universal law of attraction.
Carve out a meditation nook in a room.
If you haven’t converted at least one corner of your home into a bona fide meditation nook, now’s the time to make it happen. With little more than a few plush floor pillows and a comfy accent rug, you can transform just about any sliver of space in your home into a dedicated space for practicing manifestation techniques, such as meditation and deep breathing.
To score some extra privacy in your designated meditation nook, section off the area with ceiling-mounted curtains or a folding screen. You can also integrate other comforting décor elements into space, such as soft throw blankets, sage-infused incense, and calming artwork to ensure that it’s a soothing space that allows you to relax, unwind, and home in on your inner being.
Design with your astrological sign in mind.
Make no mistake about it: Your zodiac sign can say a lot about your personal style. Depending on how the stars were aligned at the time you were born, astrologists say your interior design preferences can vary from bold and maximalist-minded to unfussy and super organized.
To decorate your home with the zodiac in mind, search for furnishings and décor accents that draw from the characteristics of your unique sign, such as bright color palettes for fire signs; cozy neutral textiles for earth signs; breezy monochrome space for air signs, and clean-lined silhouettes for water signs. Or, simply incorporate décor items that prominently display your dominant (sun) sign, like colorful wall art or graphic throw pillows, into areas of your home that you spend a lot of time in.
Use cosmic décor elements to transport you to another world.
Celestial design themes are a cosmic-minded way to channel your inner mystic and escape reality when you’re hunkering down at home. No wonder trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson of Etsy recently declared outer space-inspired décor a top home trend in 2021.
For a functional way to integrate a celestial motif into your home, consider a moon phase-inspired wall clock or a magical moon-shaped mirror that’s every bit as practical as it is otherworldly. Or, go all out with a galactic décor theme by creating an accent wall with constellation-patterned peel-and-stick wallpaper or employing a metallic moon phase headboard in your bedroom. Either way, cosmic home décor is a design-savvy way to mentally transport you to a supernatural place when you’re stuck inside.
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