After a long hard day at work or taking care of the kids, you need a calm space where you can unwind. You can easily make your home more relaxing and tranquil with a few simple changes to your decor without having to do a big renovation.
I don’t have the time or the money to turn my home into a zen spa-like living space but there are a few things that have made a big impact to the overall feel of my home.
All of these changes are affordable and you can even do a few DIY projects to save even more money while still transforming your home into a calm and peaceful place where you can go to retreat after a long day.
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Organize in a Way that Works for You
There are so many ways to get and stay organized that there is no one size fits all. You have to organize your rooms in a way that works for you.
Being surrounded by clutter can cause anxiety and stress which is not the feel that we are going for here. To create a calming environment, get rid of the clutter and create storage where you need it.
If you have kids, create a storage space for their book bags, school papers, and sport equipment where they can easily find things and put them away.
If you like to sort through the mail while watching TV, add some storage baskets beside the couch for papers that you need to go through.
I personally go through the mail as soon as I get it so I have a storage area on the kitchen counter for that. Just find what works for you.
Add More Light
Light really can affect your mood in a positive way, so let more of it in! Open the curtains and drapes during the day to create a brighter space.
A genius way to add more natural light is to hang an accent mirror across from an open window to reflect more light.
You can also layer lightening in your rooms. Most rooms have an overhead light but that may be too bright and glaring, especially in the evening.
It’s a good ideas to add some lamps, sconces, or even a dimmer to the room so that you can create a more calming mood when you need to unwind.
Neutral Wall Colors
We know that color really affects your mood as well. Blues are great for calm and creativity but more so for accent colors and not a full wall color.
If you want to update the paint for a more relaxing feel, use colors like a creamy ivory or a warm grey instead of just a stark white color.
These are the items where you want to add those calming colors. Look for items in blues, aqua, seafoam, teal, lavender, or gold.
Getting accent furniture in these colors is a really fun way to add a pop of color without it being overwhelming. You can even take an old mirror or piece of furniture and paint it the color you want to save some cash on your calming room makeover.
I also like getting smaller items like coasters, hampers, and rugs in these colors for an overall tranquil feel to the room.
Add Some Plants
Add a plant to every room where you can, not just on the windowsill. The green of the leaves will add a calming feel to the room.
There are easy to care for plants like aloe vera, snake plants, and Peace Lily that anyone can keep alive so if you are worried about not having a green thumb, these are the plants to get.
Pick a Calming Scent
Scent can invoke so many different emotions and a calming scent is different for everyone. Maybe a coconut scent reminds you of the relaxing beach vacation you took or cinnamon reminds you of your favorite childhood cookies.
Put a candle or diffuser in the entry way and beside your bed to be reminded of those favorite tranquil memories.
Create a Good Flow
You don’t have to go full feng shui but it is a good idea to create a good open flow in your living room for a more relaxing feel.
Have the couches and chairs face each other so that it will encourage chatting when you have guests over.
You can get a couple of storage ottomans that can easily be moved where you need them. They create more storage for the room as well as extra seating or a place for drinks.
These changes are easy to do and shouldn’t take more than a weekend to do some DIY projects or paint a room. Creating a calm living space should be simple and stress-free, that is the whole point right?!
With these tips you can easily make your home more relaxing and tranquil in no time!