World slowness day
Learning to live slowly: this is the spirit of the 16th edition of the Slowness Daywhich will be celebrated on Monday 2 May, with various initiatives on the web and beyond.
In a world that invites us not to stop, to chase one goal after another, it seems almost like a contradiction; in fact, it is a possible choice as well as a need embraced by a growing number of people.
One of the first fields in which it took hold was that of food with the formation of the international cultural movement of Slow Foodfounded in 1986 by the gastronome Carlo Petrini, in response to the spread of fast food, or junk food and frenetic habits linked to modern life.
A need increasingly felt even within the walls of the house with the so-called slow living.
Literally live slowrepresents a philosophy of life that is based on some very precise principles and at the same time adaptable to one’s needs.
Let’s find out together.
Home and slow living furnishings
Less is more: one of the characterizing elements of slow living is a minimalist decormade of really useful furniture and furnishing accessories.
Banned, excesses and all that is superfluous.
If you want to marry slow living, you have to dedicate yourself to decluttering.
Clothing, objects, accessories: make a careful selection of the things you have, keep those you need, give away or sell those you no longer need, for slow living environments.
And not only that: if the square meters at your disposal allow it, in the bedroom, make one walk-in closet. This way, you won’t need wardrobes, bedside tables and dressers.
In the same way, to have everything in order and within reach, without resorting to too much furniture, arrange one console at the entrance.
The protagonist of the living area, on the other hand, is a large sofa to be used in place of dining chairs; you can place a high and not too bulky table in front of you to eat your meals.
Do you need extra seats? Opt for some space-saving pouf or resealable chair.
The materials of slow living
Slow living therefore includes few furnishing accessories and certain materials; above all, bet on wooda natural solution par excellence.
The ideal is recycle old furniture: sometimes, just a swipe of color is enough to give it a new life. Alternatively, you can find interesting items in second hand shops or antique markets.
Not only wood: in the case of modern furniture, with an industrial soul, metal models with a simple and linear design are recommended.
Next to these, space for glass details, capable of giving a greater sense of depth and brightness to environments. Try it for yourself!
Typical fabrics of slow living
Simplicity and naturalness also characterize the choice of fabrics; specifically, it is better to prefer the vegetable fibres such as linen, cotton, sisal, used above all for carpets.
Then pay attention to the nuances.
Green light at neutral targets (cream white, beige, light gray) and shades inspired by nature (earth tones, light blue and light greens).
To personalize your home, don’t forget to add some brushstroke of colorbut without exaggerating.
In this sense, have fun changing periodically, according to the seasons, the textile elements such as pillows, blankets, tablecloths; from the kitchen to the bedroom, experience the rooms slowly and with a touch of good taste capable of talking about you.
The importance of natural light in slow living
A house in line with slow living must be comfortable, welcoming and guarantee well-being at 360 °, following the slow passage of time.
Balconies, French windows and windows, in addition to allowing the recirculation of air, allow you to enter the natural light.
Imagine the idea of working, reading, relaxing, illuminated and warmed by the sun’s rays. Beautiful, is not it?
And when does the evening come?
Soft lights and candles, both indoors and outdoors, will make your evening relaxation even more comfortable, alone or in the company of loved ones.
Slow living and greenery
Living in one cottageaway from the noise and chaos of the city, it is ideal for embracing a slow living style.
If you don’t have the chance, try to recreate the same green comfort even in an apartment in the city.
How? It will be enough to give life to a small green corner!
Floral, aromatic, fatty species: take care of your plants, sit and observe their colors that change according to the seasons and smell their scents, all slowly, perhaps while sipping a cup of your favorite drink.
Other slow living practices
Finally, here are some other suggestions for a slow living home and life:
- get a corner in which to meditate or work out;
- prepare for yourself and for others balanced and nutritious meals to eat slowly, take care of the way to bring them to the table, even the eye wants its part;
- fate conscious purchases and sustainable;
- make time for yourself have a drink;
- designate an area for yours favorite hobby (the garage is great for this);
- reserve one play area for the little ones, in which to play with them and even between adults;
- exploit the outdoor environments even in winter, a few pillows and a blanket are enough to use them all year round;
- end the day with a shower or a hot bathkeeping at hand magazines, candles, perfumers and everything you need to relax and live slow.
Slow living, as the experts say, does not mean giving up on pursuing goals, but learning to choose them according to your own measure, without forgetting that the time reserved for affections and interests will give you the energy to face new challenges and try out new experiences.
After all, as the Latins remind us, festina lens, hurry up slowly!
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