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6 Ways to Make Your Home a Haven of Relaxation

Your home should be a place of ease, a place to get away from tension. Follow these different ways to make your home a haven of relaxation—you won’t regret it!

The whole world is tense right now, and it’s easy to let that tension eat its way into the home. But when this happens, it becomes almost impossible to find a place of calm. Now more than ever, your home should act as a place of comfort, or there should at least be areas of the home that are “untouched” by the stress of the outside world. Maybe your new office area is the place where you look at the news and get down to business, but your bedroom and the living room, for example, should act of those places of extreme comfort. Learn some important ways to make your home a haven of relaxation so that you have places of ease within your space.

Keep the Diffuser Going

Aromatherapy Concept. Aromatic White Candles and Essential Oil Reed Diffusers
Aromatherapy concept. Aromatic white candles and essential oil reed diffusers

Essential oils are your friend during times of stress. One of the best ways to use essential oils is with diffusers. If you don’t already have one, there are a few simple steps you can take to reap the same rewards. Placing cotton balls dipped in the oil throughout the room is one option. Choose scents like lavender, eucalyptus and mint, pine, and vanilla!

Make Sure the Lighting is Versatile

Lighting also plays a big role in the comfort of a room. If your space is all artificial light, then that can add to tension. Allow for as much natural light as possible in the room, and if it’s not possible, at least give the room versatile lighting options. Think about having three different lighting options in the room—general, task, and accent. Being able to switch up lighting dependent on mood is a nice way to soothe the energy of a space.

Switch Up the Paint Colors

Color makes a difference in your mood. It may be a subtle shift, but when you walk into a room that’s red, your mood shifts in a different direction than it does if you walk into a room that’s painted blue. If you walk into a room and don’t feel at ease, then maybe you need to think about switching up the paint color. If you can’t change the paint color, add in some accent colors of ease—neutrals, blues, yellows, and light greens are good options.

Choose Soft and Comfortable

When it comes to the furniture, blankets, throw pilots, and rugs you have in the room,  choose pieces that are soft and comfortable. There’s no way the room or the home is going to be a haven of relaxation if the couch you’d lounge on is uncomfortable. Switch out hard furniture and rough blankets for items that put you at immeasurable ease. You can make your home office a bit more relaxing simply by making the chair more comfortable.

Remove Outside Distractions

If you want a room devoted solely to relaxation, then you need to remove outside distractions. Put a bin for technology outside the door, so that when you walk in, you won’t be sidetracked by the notifications on your phone. Don’t look at newspapers or magazines if you know it will add to your tension. Let the room be a place for hobbies, reading, crafting, and listening to music—a place away from the outside tension.

Embrace Greenery

Various house plants in different pots against white wall
Various house plants in different pots against white wall, copy space

Your home could always benefit from more plants and flowers. Make it more relaxing by adding your favorite flowers and plants—the kinds that will survive even if you forget to water them now and then. Adding natural elements to the interior design of a space is always a great option!

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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