Your home should be your sanctuary- the place where you feel most calm and serene, a place you look forward to returning to, the place where you can wind down, recharge, and rebalance at the end of the day. Unfortunately for some, home doesn’t always instill a sense of calm…

Coming home can sometimes present a whole new set of projects and chaos that stands in the way of your peace and enjoyment. If you feel stressed in your own home, it’s important to take steps to redesign your environment, or, at least, to mindfully change how you feel about your present circumstances. If you are willing and able to make some minor changes, we’ve compiled a list that can help streamline your home for joy, ease, and flow!

Paint the town red…or whatever color you love!

Color plays a huge role in our moods and mindsets. Different hues can inspire different emotions, and those reactions often vary between people. Some people enjoy lots of warm colors (reds, yellows, oranges, etc.) while others feel most serene surrounded by peaceful, blue hues.

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Warm colors are bold and can often make a space feel energized and cozy. Adding a deep red accent wall- or some bright orange pillows to a muted couch- can add that warm pop of color and make you feel soothed in your space. Too much warm color in a room can get overwhelming, so marry them with neutrals to maintain balance.

Cool colors like blue, green, and purple can also help set a relaxed and comfortable home. They can make a room feel more spacious, adding a breezy, calming vibe. Cool colors create a more passive reaction in your brain which is key for relaxation and promotes a low-stress environment.

Embrace minimalism.

Clutter, no matter how organized, can crowd your rooms and make your space feel cramped and overwhelming. Keep your entryway organized and tidy for a positive, first impression upon arriving home; purchase a storage bench or decorative baskets to hold your kicked off shoes, keys, and bags.

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In keeping with the principles of Feng Shui, a clear entryway allows energy to flow freely through your home, creating a feeling of serenity from the moment you walk in. By maintaining a clutter-free atmosphere throughout your home, that positive energy can translate into every room. For more tips on reducing clutter and embracing minimalism in your home, click here.

Invite nature into your home!

By placing beautiful, fragrant flowers and plants around your home, you will not only improve your mood, but there are several, incredible health benefits as well! According to HealthLine.com, indoor plants can lower your risk of illness by helping to eliminate toxins in the air while serving as a natural air purifier. There have also been reports that keeping and caring for a plant can help to reduce stress, improve your mood, and increase the sense of calm, positive energy within your home.

Your home needs to be a peaceful, calming place for you to reset and relax at the end of your day. A few decorating changes and some design tricks can make all the difference in the world!

Do you feel a sense of joy upon returning home? If not, what changes are you looking forward to making in the upcoming days or weeks?