5 Interior Design Tips to Make Your Home Feel More Relaxing

Our homes should be our sanctuaries — a retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But you might not be reaping the full benefit of your personal domain if the space isn’t set up for relaxation. Here are five interior design tips to make your home feel more peaceful.

1. Use a soothing color palette

Try designing your home around notoriously calming colors, such as greens, blues and lavenders. Likewise, whites and warmer neutral tones might evoke a sense of rejuvenation. “Proponents of color psychology believe that the colors you use to decorate your home can have a profound effect on the emotional well-being of you and your family,” according to WebMD. For instance, being around the color blue might actually lower your heart rate and blood pressure, resulting in a greater sense of calm.

But when it comes down to it, your home’s color palette should reflect your taste. Don’t paint everything a pale green just because it’s supposed to relax you. If you hate how it looks, it probably isn’t going to bring you peace.

2. Add indoor plants

Adding plants to your interior decor does more than just green up the place. Besides being natural air filters and humidifiers, multiple studies have shown that being around plants has a calming effect on people. One study suggested that “active interaction with indoor plants can reduce physiological and psychological stress” after the subjects who worked with indoor plants reported feeling “more comfortable, soothed, and natural.” As long as houseplants don’t stir up any allergies for you — which obviously wouldn’t be very relaxing — try adding some to your decor for a natural calming effect.

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