Interior Design Secrets to Reduce Stress & Increase Happiness

Did you know that there are home decorating tips that will help you reduce stress and lift your mood? The good news is that you don’t even need an interior designer. In this article we will show you how to make your surroundings calmer and a more serene place so you can feel good all day long. These tried-and-true decorating suggestions are intended to sooth all your senses.

Ready, set … relax.

See Calm

1. Opt for cool relaxing colors.

Cool colors include blue, green, and light purple. They help people to feel calm, relaxed, and refreshed especially because of their gentle reminders of blue skies and rolling green hills. Cool hues are popular for bedrooms and bathrooms because these are spaces where you go to unwind and relax.

2. Decorate according to room size.

If you are working with a large room, consider decorating with patterns. For example, a striped couch will make your living room look smaller and cozier. On the other hand, when living quarters are tight you want to feel less cramped. Therefore, you should select furniture with legs and cutouts and clear tops to maximize your air space.

3. Vary your lighting.

Replace harsh overhead lights and high wattage bulbs for a variety of floor and table lamps that provide a softer effect. Take advantage of as much natural light as you can get. Use mirrors to reflect the light and brighten things up.

4. Reorganize.

Did you know that clearing away clutter will instantly make any space look more serene? While it might take some time, it won’t cost you a dime. Sell or give away stuff you no longer use. Be sure to put things back after using them. Remember the practical saying — a place for everything, and everything in its place!

Feel Calm

1. Experiment with wall decor.

There’s more to wall decor than paintings and photographs. Try something interesting that will make you want to reach out and touch it. For example, decor made of macrame, rattan, ceramics, or wood are all good choices when looking for framed picture alternatives.

2. Spruce up your bedding.

You spend about a third of your life sleeping, so it makes sense to turn your bed into a major comfort zone. Stock up on thick pillows, soft flannel sheets and plush comforters.

3. Integrate accent pieces.

Unique yet inexpensive accent pieces can add comforting textural interest to any room. Get a knitted throw blanket for a sofa or decorate with small pillows covered in soft velvet or chenille.

Hear Calm

1. Listen to a nature soundscape.

It doesn’t matter where you live, now you can enjoy the pleasant sounds of nature with a laptop or media player. Browse online or buy a nature CD that includes the soothing sounds of waterfalls, waves, rain, the chirping of birds or the natural music of a tropical rainforest.

2. Get a tabletop water fountain.

The soothing sounds of water create a calm and relaxing ambiance. Small tabletop fountains stand at just ten inches tall, come in a fantastic variety of shapes and are surprisingly affordable (especially during sales). With larger fountains, the water also acts as a natural humidifier, keeping moisture in the air which is especially helpful during winter months when heating units dry out the air.

3. Hang up wind chimes.

Wind chimes come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and materials. You can hang them indoors or outdoors. A gentle breeze will bring a relaxing melody to your ears.

Inhale Calm

1. Use diffusers.

Diffuser kits with natural reeds will disperse scent for quite some time. This is a safer alternative to burning candles which could turn into a fire hazard. Scents like lavender, chamomile and sandalwood are popular because they work well for calming the mind.

2. Put fragrant plants in your living room.

With the help of some pretty potted plants, fresh fragrance will greet you every time you walk through the front door. Whether you like floral, fruity, herbal, or grassy aromas, there’s a plant for that. Plus, research from the University of Georgia shows that many houseplants reduce indoor pollutant levels. Some popular plants that smell great include: White Jasmine, Lavender, Mint, Tea Rose Begonia, Lily of the Valley, Hoya, and Eucalyptus.

3. Decorate with potpourri.

Potpourri is made from scented, dried flowers and leaves. They are a colorful way to add fragrance to your home and a natural alternative to air fresheners. They come in different scents and make an attractive decoration when placed in a ceramic, glass, or wood bowl. Ikea is a budget-friendly place to find any of these items.

Are you ready to transform your home into a relaxing oasis? Just implement a few of the recommendations above and feel the calm wash over you.