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November 9, 2012

Home, Sweet Home

You shouldn’t have to leave home to find some peace and serenity. Your home is supposed to be the place where you can unwind and relax. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. But you can turn your home into the sanctuary you deserve, with the changes suggested in these eight tips.

See the Light—But don’t be blinded by it. Natural light is good, but defusing it through sheers or even hanging rice paper in front of windows gives you just enough sun for a boost. Want to keep the vibe going after dark? Light some candles to give your space a relaxing, mellow mood.

Power to the Petal—Flowers not only provide your home with a great, natural scent, they are simply lovely to look at, something every sanctuary needs. Incorporating plants or any kind of natural element can also help.

A Whiter Shade of Pale—Incorporate something white into the room. Not only does it soothe a distracted mind, it also won’t add to your overstimulation.

Shift Into Neutral—Pick your favorite neutral or pale shade and paint the room in various hues of that. Any color will do—think beige, green or blue, so long as it is not a vibrant, loud shade.

Snuggle Up—When most of us think of comfort, we think of something cozy. So be sure to include furniture or accessories that give off that vibe, be it a warm and fluffy throw, a stack of cushy pillows or a plush rug.

So Long, Farewell—Decluttering is simply a must to create a space that is soothing and relaxing. Stacks of things are sure to stress you out. Find a way to pare things down or store them out of sight.

Space Oddity—Hand-in-hand with decluttering is the idea of leaving some room to move in your home. If a space is jam-packed with furniture, so that you can’t even get around, it is not going to be a soothing space.

Any Space Will Do—You don’t have to redo your entire home in your quest for a sanctuary. Start with one room, even if it is the smallest in your house, to create your haven. The key isn’t having the biggest area, but making the best use of the space you have.

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