Your home should be a place where you escape from the stresses of work and everyday life. It should evoke a serene atmosphere and help you recharge from the day. Here are a few practical ways to transform your home into a balanced and peaceful retreat.

4 Tips for Creating a Calm, Serene Space

– All photos are from projects by Beth Haley Design (BHD).

Tip #1: Utilize light.

A quality source of light makes a space glow. And, proper lighting is known to have a calming effect on one’s mood. Include at least three sources of light in each room, and maximize natural light by keeping your windows clean.

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The right lighting can make a huge impact on one’s mood.

Tip #2: Choose the right color palette.

Color is one of the easiest tools for manipulating mood within a space. Bright colors help you feel energized, while shades of blue can help you feel at ease. Pick colors that you love and that make you feel good.

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Soft shades and blue hues have been proven to have a tranquil effect.

Tip #3: Prioritize function.

A functional space is a calming space. Start by getting organized and reducing clutter. Select furniture that is versatile and has various uses, such as a chic ottoman that is also used for storage, or a kitchen island with built-in cabinets.

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Reduce clutter and improve function with stylish storage options.

Tip #4: Engage the senses.

Engaging the senses is important when you are looking to improve your mood and create a serene living environment. Consider incorporating soft fabrics with lots of texture, such as knitted throw blankets or pillows. Houseplants have also been proven to reduce stress and improve one’s mood. Try varieties such as parlor palms or snake plants that require little maintenance. For more ideas, check out our blog 8 Houseplants That Are Hard to Kill.

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Take a seat, engage your senses, and forget your troubles.

You don’t need to do anything major to have a calm and serene home. Sometimes, simply changing the wall color and decluttering is enough!


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