Your home should be your sanctuary - a place where the chaos of your daily life, whether it's anxiety about a bad date or a hectic work week, all seem more manageable. It doesn't matter whether you live in a tiny apartment or a spacious one - there are ways to make any space feel tranquil.
Here are some tips to turn yours into a stress-free zone:
A room with a view
There's no doubt that looking out at a beautiful brook or a park will promote a sense of calm. However, not everyone is lucky enough to have a stunning view from their window. If your window looks out onto a brick wall, buy a few windowpane picture frames. Then slide in a photograph of your favorite scene, whether it's a garden in Paris, a bay in Belize or your childhood backyard.
Tidy up to bust tension
A clean home is a calm home. After a stressful day at work, the last thing you want to come back to is a mess, so it's important to find an organizational system that works for you. Keep in mind that furniture with built-in storage, like a sofa with hidden drawers underneath, can be particularly helpful for creating a clutter-free space, especially in a small apartment. If pots and pans are crowding your kitchen cabinets and counters, get a hanging rack to keep them out of the way. Keep your mail in one place with a desk organizer and invest in a shoe rack so your favorite footwear isn't scattered all over the floor. Small organizational moves like this will make you feel a sense of order.
When you're considering paint or even your decor, keep in mind that certain pigments promote inner-peace. In fact, research by Minnesota State University found that red surroundings can induce stress, while green and white environments have the opposite effect. Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, told The Huffington Post that blues are the most calming colors - and Fen Shui wisdom supports this notion. However, grays and greens can be just as soothing as long as they're the right shade. Look for hues that mimic nature - like a sky or ocean blue, muted green or soft slate gray. Remember that using the same serene shade throughout your home will bring a feeling of harmony, connectedness and flow.
Plant your way to peace
Plants aren't just pretty to look at - they also purify the air and create a feeling of tranquility in any room. You might consider putting one on your desk or in your home office. Research by the Department of Horticulture at Washington State University found that the presence of a plant can lower blood pressure, increase concentration and fuel productivity. Even if you don't have a green thumb, there are plenty of low-maintenance options. Apartment Therapy suggested choosing one that requires little light, like a bamboo plant, spider plant or a pot of the golden pothos vine.