20 Relaxing Home Decor Ideas to Create a Calming Sanctuary


Keep Fresh Flowers in the House

Sometimes all we need to brighten up a space is to head down to the local florist once a week and keep a bouquet in the kitchen or dining room.

"I love bringing in plants and flowers," Cloughen said. "Flowers don't need to b expensive! They change the temperature of the space and make us feel good when we look at them."


Use Aromatherapy

In a tranquil home, all five senses are stimulated. For a house that smells peaceful (and like salted caramel cupcakes) keep aromatherapy candles lit on a regular basis, Rains suggested. 


Install an Indoor Water Fountain 

The sound of trickling water relaxes the auditory senses, so Rains suggests installing a nature-inspired Buddha water fountain. Buying a relaxing noise machine for the bedroom with sounds of ocean waves and birdsongs can also have a calming effect.


Choose Soft Fabrics

"We want to use soothing fabrics, but that will be different for different people," Rains said. "Velours and other soft fabrics are comforting but someone else might like satin sheets."


Use Wood as a Primary Material

Like most interior design choices, choosing a comforting primary material is a matter of personal preference, but for Rains, wood is a good start.

"I personally like hardwood floors with deep, rich colors," she said. "I find wood very warm and inviting."


Draw Inspiration From Nature

Nature is the perfect decor inspiration for the calm mind. 

"Most of us naturally feel a sense of peace when we’re in nature," Mina Fies told CafeMom. "Try bringing stone, natural wood and earth-toned colors in for a woods-inspired getaway or driftwood and seashells for a beach-inspired theme."


Set Aside a Meditation Room 

Setting aside a fixed meditation room or area of the house trains the mind to enter a relaxed state upon entering the room.

"Remember, no abode is too small for a meditation space!" Rains said. "Pick a favorite chair and set a few inspirational items like candles and a book on a table nearby to create a sanctuary in a small apartment."


Display Fresh Produce — Not Gadgets — in the Kitchen 

Clear the clutter in a kitchen for a more inviting feel:

"In a zen kitchen, I don't want to see things like the toaster or coffeemaker out,"  Melone Cloughenon said. "On my island, I keep things visually organized and almost always have a platter of fruits or vegetables out."


Embrace the Junk Drawer

The kitchen might be as neat as a pin but those spools of string, pencils, and school supplies still need a place to go.

"Do not ignore the need for the junk drawer's existence!" Fies said. "We all need to have easy access to tape, scissors and a pad of paper so make sure to plan for those when planning out cabinets."


Keep Extra Stuff in Storage Baskets

There's no reason why storage solutions shouldn't be attractive and fit the decor of a household.

"Much of the time, I use baskets," Melone Cloughenon said. "They are not expensive and can hold lots of stuff. Plus, it easily keeps things tucked away and on a shelf."


Make the Living Room Cozy and Inviting 

In the past, living rooms were formal spaces for company and special occasions only, but that should not be the case for a tranquil home.

"I’m a big fan of having lots of comfortable throws and pillows," Melone Cloughenon said. "A living room should not feel like a still life painting."


Ban Electronics From the Bedroom

It might be difficult, but keeping TVs, smart phones, and other devices out of bed is a good idea.

"The bedroom should be a visual cue for rest and relaxation,"Fies said. "The more stimulus that's in it, the harder it will be to fall and stay asleep."


Avoid Busy Design Trends

A cluttered space with too many accessories, knick-knacks and flooring materials is a chaotic space, Fies explained.

"Most of us are collectors by nature and, as the years pass, we tend to accumulate more than we need," she said. "I suggest changing out keepsakes seasonally."


Display a Vase Full of Meditation Stones

River rocks or stones as decoration can double as meditation accessories:

"I keep smooth river stones to hold in my hand as an object of focus," Rains said. "I keep a basket of them in my meditation space."


Choose Wall Decorations That Evoke Memories

When choosing wall decorations, it's important to pick prints or paintings that stir happy memories, Rains said. She suggested hanging wall decorations that remind us of calming locations like the ocean or woods. 

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