5 Decorating Tips that Calm the Senses

The daily grind can be stressful, with busy lifestyles and schedules impacting us long after we leave the office or put the kids to bed. Leave your stress at the door by introducing a few new design elements to your home that stimulate and activate your senses, which are often neglected in our demanding
lifestyles.

These five decorating tips to help calm the senses are simple: You can change the feel of a room without an entire overhaul. Keep reading for some mood-boosting swaps.

Seek Some Shade

Natural light and privacy are among the most important elements of a calming, inviting home. Choosing the right window treatments can help you achieve both—letting in just the right amount of light while keeping your home private. Often overlooked, window coverings are one of the first elements that add a
certain vibe to a room. While selecting window coverings might sound daunting, Roman shades are a great option for most rooms as they’re easily customizable with specific fabric, opacity and color palettes. Plus, they offer a variety of control options for more light and privacy control.
Roman shades can help you control the light and openness of your home, while blending into a room’s décor and adding a softness to the look and feel.

Related: Eco-Friendly Window Coverings

Cool with Color

What better way to bring serenity in your home than by introducing a calm and cool color palette. Greens, blues, and grays—there are numerous options for paint color, fabric choices and artwork that can evoke a sense of relaxation. Calming colors are a simple addition to any space as they are easy to
introduce—throw pillows, area rugs and accent walls allow you to dip your toe into this serene palette without a total commitment to muted hues. Stay away from bold colors, loud patterns and elements that distract from your cool vibe.

Keep it Clean

Some of us don’t mind scrubbing and spring cleaning, but in reality, this isn’t always an option. Decluttering your home is an excellent way to remove visual weight and clutter that builds up over time. There are many ways to help stay organized as a way of life, such as adding a professional closet
solution or even the DIY route of including more storage containers, bins, racks and drawers. Start with the little things like organizing your desk, and soon you will be on your way to a well-edited home, a key part of feeling destressed at the end of the day.

Go for the Green

Adding live plants and greenery to your space brings in a fresh burst of color and welcomed dose of nature, and it can also improve the air quality in your home. Bringing home some freshly cut flowers from your local farmers market can add an element of olfactory satisfaction, and it is so easy to do!
Studies have shown that having indoor plants can add tons of benefits to your home including to your personal health.

Related: 7 Indoor Plants That Will Survive Even the Darkest Room

Take on Some Texture

Last but certainly not least, round out your home’s newly designed look with your favorite accessories that offer a variety of textures. From wooly blankets to velvety ottomans, the right fabrics and materials can help engage your sense of touch and enhance your relaxation. Pulling in textures that speak to you,
pictures that remind you of your favorite memories, and baubles that complete your look add the finishing touch to your calm, cool and collected space.

Katie Laird is the Director of Social Marketing for Blinds.com and a passionate home decorator for her family with a love of all things Mid-Century Modern and blue. Click here to discover the variety of roman shades and other options available to match your stress relieving décor.

41 comments

Kathryn I
Kathryn I15 hours ago

Love the pastels especially! Thanks for sharing!

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Angela K
Angela K2 days ago

noted

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Danuta W
Danuta W3 days ago

thanks for sharing

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Edith B
Edith B4 days ago

I have the pastels and the plants!

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Kathryn I
Kathryn I4 days ago

Pastels colors and decluttering for sure; plants too!! Thanks!

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Cindy M. D
Cindy M. D5 days ago

Can use some more calming effects in my place right about now...

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Winn A
Winn A5 days ago

Thanks

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Clare O
Clare O'Beara5 days ago

Definitely declutter all the time.

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Clare O
Clare O'Beara5 days ago

Soft furnishings are great for texture, comfort and sound baffling. But remember they can hold dust mites and moths.

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Clare O
Clare O'Beara5 days ago

I would add to take away stripes and spots and checks as they jar the eye.

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