6 tips for Zen Living in 2017

Image via Urban Outfitter

Image via Urban Outfitter

We all know 2016 wasn't the strictly, a . . . great year for all involved, but you know, new year, new me, and all that. This year is going to be all about putting your positive influence out there, and living that Zen life the best you can. With all that's going on in the world, we know it can be difficult to keep a level head, so we've put some tips together for keeping those zen vibes flowing in 2017.

1. INSPIRATION

Image via De-Smitten.com

Image via De-Smitten.com

Staying inspired is important. So important. Don't get so caught up in the New Year you forget to keep searching. Bringing calm to your life starts where you live, and so we suggest some home inspiration courtesy of Kinfolk. Their magazine/coffee table book Interiors for Slow Living is a beautifully styled, shot and curated look at the dream home. You can pick it up at Reiss.

2. Relaxation

Image via Topshop

Image via Topshop

While you're out there conquering 2017, remember to relax when you get home. Our favourite way to do this is in our robe, with some tea and a Netflix binge. 

3. Lighting

Image via IKEA

Image via IKEA

Lighting can drastically change your mood, and it's the simplest way to calm down your living space. Switch off your glaring overhead light and use some string lights, lamps or even candles instead. We recommend the String Lights or Daisy LED light from New Look.

Lighting Zen Octer

4. Invest in Comfort

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Throw from Jigsaw 

Throw from Jigsaw 

There's nothing better when you've had a stressful day, than coming home and having somewhere luxurious and comforting to unwind. Investing in this space is vital. An easy way to do this is with cozy cushions to sink into and soft throws to wrap up in. The Knitted Throw from Jigsaw is a great starting point. 

5. Open up your Space

Mirrors from Very

Mirrors from Very

Living in light open airy spaces feels calming on the mind, but if you live in London, it's probably not something you've got built into your flat. A quick fix for this, without knocking down walls, is the humble mirror. Mirrors make spaces look instantly bigger, as well as bouncing light around the room.  

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