Design Secrets For A Stress-Free Home
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By Natasha Burton
Your home should be a haven, not a hassle. Leave your worries at the door with these expert tips for turning every room in your house into a stress-free sanctuary.
Entryway2 of 10
A welcoming entryway will prevent chaos from greeting you at the front door. Having a designated drop-zone for your keys, purse, and shoes is important, but so is minimizing the furnishings. Try a sleek sideboard for streamlined storage and a mirror hung above it to make the space look bigger. Even better: Display a fun family photo or sentimental accents that'll make you smile every time you come home.
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Living Room3 of 10
Use warm light to illuminate your space—light bulbs in cold colors give a white or blue hue that can feel harsh. "Not only are these lights unflattering, they can play tricks with your internal clock and make it more difficult to sleep at night," says designer Rachel Blindauer. To choose the right bulbs, check their Kelvin number: Lower numbers between 2700K and 3000K signify warmer, yellow light.
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Dining Room4 of 10
Being in or around nature is proven to make us happier and more relaxed, so bring a little of the great outdoors in. "Try grass cloth wallpaper, seaweed woven floor coverings, and natural materials like wood and linen," says New York–based interior architect Ian Kazanowski. "Textured design elements inspired by nature create a rich interior." And keep your curtains open or even consider replacing solid interior doors with glass to allow mood-lifting sunshine to fill your home.
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Laundry Room5 of 10
Keep the active spaces of your home—like the laundry room—stress-free by infusing them with cheerful accents. Colorful, patterned wallpaper and unexpected details (an exciting ironing board cover, perhaps?) will make everyday household chores more fun.
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Bedroom6 of 10
To turn your bedroom into a Zen haven, start with your color palette. "White linens and walls invite welcoming light into the room," says Catie Parrish, managing editor of Wayfair.com. "Layering on cream, ivory, eggshell, and bright white will keep a monochromatic color scheme from being one note." When it comes to furnishings, always have drawers in your bedside table. "Clutter should not be the last thing you see at night or the first thing you notice in the morning," says Cutler.
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Closet7 of 10
Controlling closet chaos will help minimize morning stress. "Keep 25 percent of your closet free and organize your clothes by type (pants, tops, dresses) then color so you can easily find your clothing and put things away," says organizing expert Donna Smallin Kuper. Store accessories in wire drawers so you can see their contents.
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Home Office8 of 10
Use fresh plants to breathe inspiration and relaxation into your workspace. Office houseplants boost feelings of happiness and creativity, making you 40 percent more productive, a study from the University of Exeter shows.
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Bathroom9 of 10
Transform your bathroom into a spa-like retreat with plush bath towels and a luxe lavender-scented candle. Research shows the scent lowers blood pressure and heart rate, putting you in a calmer state.
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Kitchen10 of 10
Make your kitchen a homey entertaining space by removing to-do items and schedules from walls. "Instead, input reminders into your smartphone task list and post grocery lists to the inside of your pantry cabinet to mitigate stress," says Kuper. Organize fun items like wineglasses right on the wall—you'll score extra space in your cabinets and have a visual reminder that you should take a break once in a while.
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