17 Calming Home Decor Ideas to Make You Feel Less Stressed

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Feel stressed? From enhancing natural light to decorating with soothing hues, there are plenty of ways to create a sense of serenity at home.

Our interior spaces can have a fundamental effect on how we feel. According to research by Magnet Kitchens, over 80% of Britons believe paint colors can have a positive effect on our mood and well-being, while over a third say pastel colors are most likely to evoke happy feelings.

“The importance of our homes being a haven of relaxation continues to grow, and color psychology plays a huge role in this,” said Tobie Lewis, Senior Brand Manager at Valspar Paint. Beautiful home UK. “Colors such as greens, blues and hazy grays are ideal for creating a destimulating environment to combat stress and enhance relaxation. Applying the right color combinations in the appropriate room will help design the most effective palettes. for soothing and stimulating interiors.

Whether it’s your bedroom or your living room, keep reading for everything you need to know about soothing all the senses at home…

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Incorporate soothing blue

Blue instills peace, tranquility, calm and serenity, while helping to reduce the pangs of anxiety. According to previous research by B&Q, blue is a natural healer that can soothe us, improve our well-being and, in some cases, even lower our blood pressure. If you are not currently renovating, we recommend painting your kitchen cabinets to enhance the ambiance of your room. You will not regret it.

Pictured: “Chichester” kitchen by Neptune Kitchen. From £8,000

Spring is the perfect time to transform your home into a calming, stress-free sanctuary. You do not know where to start ? Transform your home with neutral hues, Scandinavian-style furniture and light linen fabrics.

Pictured: John Lewis dining table, chairs and accessories

Warm and comforting, pink is often associated with a calming effect on people. No longer just for girls’ bedrooms, grown-up pink can look very stylish when used around the home. We love how warm and inviting it looks in this mudroom (left), used on both the cabinets and the paneled wall.

Pictured: “Spiced Mulberry” by Graham & Brown

“Small wallpaper designs are often the most effective in soothing interiors, such as pretty, understated flowers,” says Patrick O’Donnell of Farrow & Ball. “Try to avoid anything that’s too fussy or busy — when it comes to palette, think soft grays, neutrals, dusty pinks or pale greens.”

Pictured: Farrow & Ball wallpaper in ‘Atacama’, £114 for a 10m roll


Organize your office space

Wondering how to create a calm and productive office space? If you’re lucky enough to have your own office (or a work area in another room), keep it clean, uncluttered, and free from distractions. A desk with drawers will give you a useful place to pop up papers and pens, while a well-lit room will help you focus on busy days.

When it comes to soothing paint colors, go for an off-white. It is an excellent natural shade to inspire spirits.

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Bringing the feel of a five-star spa to your own bathroom isn’t always easy. Natural materials can improve your well-being and create a calm atmosphere, so we recommend choosing earthy shades or terracotta shades on your walls. You can add color through accessories or keep things natural with plants, foliage and wooden elements.

Pictured: All Dunelm bathroom accessories


Combine lights with darkness

Color blocking walls with paint are a great way to add drama and punch to your space. Whites can be a go-to when creating a calming space, but a two-toned approach can work just as well to keep things relaxed. Tip: You will need a steady hand and some tape.

Pictured: Walls painted in Mono Tones 01 and Mono Tones 09 from the House Beautiful paint collection at Homebase


Try wallpaper in the kitchen

Kitchens are the center of the home and often the center of family life, making them great places to take a design risk. Need inspiration? Featuring a tranquil blue background with pops of soft yellow and sugary pink, this jaw-dropping wallpaper from Graham & Brown (left) looks like a piece of art and is sure to keep anyone calm, even on mornings when the whole house is running. late.

Pictured: Graham & Brown’s Edulis Sky wallpaper


Keep it classic with white

Versatile and timeless, the best white paint colors stand on their own as a design element. We all love dabbling in dark tones (just scroll through Instagram to see it), but a crisp white scheme can do wonders when it comes to designing a calming space. And breathe…

“Because white brings light, it can elevate mood and bring an element of serenity if we’re over-stimulated,” says Lee Chambers, color psychologist and founder of Essentialise. “It can also really open up a space both physically and in our minds.”

Pictured: ‘Romney Wool’ by Dulux Heritage

Whether you’re embarking on a full renovation project or simply updating a tired room with accessories, let nature take over. Being outdoors, or even viewing nature scenes, reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings, making it a great home base.

“As we enter spring with its cool mornings and sunny days, keep a calming neutral palette in the home,” says Paula Taylor, trend expert at Graham & Brown.

“The latest trend in warm baked colors fits perfectly into this context, as we find that rich, inviting earthy hues work perfectly with contemporary gray hues or for a more tranquil timeless appeal with clay and pastel neutrals. putty.”

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Keep your kitchen bright

Keeping calm in the kitchen is essential (testing recipes can be a stressful affair), so you’ll want to keep it bright, light and functional. Green may be the hottest kitchen hue of the year, but you can never go wrong with a soft, pale gray. Classic Shaker lines – like the Westbourne kitchen from the House Beautiful range at Homebase – are key to a clean, clutter-free look.

Pictured: Westbourne in ‘Cobble’ from the House Beautiful at Homebase range

Green works in almost any room in your home. “Deep greens like the Bancha help to create a symbiosis between indoors and outdoors, especially if you are lucky enough to have a view of nature,” explains Patrick.

Pictured: Walls painted in ‘Bancha’ by Farrow & Ball, £56 for 2.5L of modern emulsion


Opt for white furniture

As much as we love a colorful room, there is one color palette that will never go out of style: creamy whites. Once you’ve painted your walls a refreshing splash of white, complete the look by choosing a bouclé sofa. Famous for its plush, teddy bear-like appearance, there really is nothing more comforting and cozy.

Pictured: Walls painted in ‘Silent White – Pale’ by Little Greene

Our lives are hectic and hectic, so it’s important to make sure our homes are as calming as possible. If you’re lucky enough to be planning a kitchen remodel, go for a rustic scheme: think open wood shelving, industrial touches, tile floors, and shaker-style cabinetry.

Pictured: Little Greene painting in ‘Flint 236’

It pays to seek out the light, especially when choosing the right color scheme for your room.

Patrick explains, “When creating a calming sanctuary, the best place to start is to determine the direction of light entering each room. For example, in east-facing rooms, embracing cooler evening light with light blues and greens can have a beautifully soft and soothing effect.

Pictured: Walls painted in ‘Prawns in a Pot’ by Farrow & Ball, £52 for 2.5L Estate Emulsion

Whether it’s the kitchen or the living room, a cluttered room can send things spiraling out of control. When creating a calming living space, keep shelves, sideboards, and table surfaces clutter-free. We recommend picking up baskets of seagrass to store magazines or blankets, and suggest putting anything you don’t need in a closet.

Pictured: White Oiled Crown Hewn Oak Fronts, from £1,868 for a small kitchen from Custom Fronts.


Bring calm to your garden

And finally, don’t forget your outdoor space. Any garden, big or small, can be transformed into a haven in time for summer. Bring in the calm with layered outdoor rugs, plush outdoor throw pillows and stark white sofas (if you don’t mind the occasional fingerprint or two). Pour yourself a tasty drink and let the cares of the day melt away…

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