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How to De-Stress with Home Decor

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Between the stress of your job and everyday life in general, home should be a place of serenity.

Many times when you look around your home, you realize there are things that can easily trigger stress in your life. Whether it is bills to pay, junk food to eat, or just clutter around the home, these can easily set you off into a mood you don’t want to be in. But there are things you can do to fix some of the stress at home.


Lighting in the home can be both a positive and a negative. Being exposed to natural light helps to produce vitamin D, serotonin, and melatonin, and can increase your productivity. But if you have lights that are too bright, they can cause eye strain and lead to migraines. Streetlight glare along with bright alarm clocks can lead to insomnia. Your bedroom should have room-darkening blinds or curtains to help ensure a quality night sleep. Also, using smart bulbs can help to decrease some of the bright light that you experience.

Wall Coloring

The color of our walls can affect our moods. Cooler-toned rooms can leave us feeling cooler while warmer-toned rooms can leave us feeling warmer, despite what the temperature outside actually is. Steer clear of colors that trigger negative responses, but rather use colors that bring about sentimental value. Glossy paint will be more stimulating than a flat paint, which will help people with headache control.


Life is all about having the right balance and choosing patterns with balance is no exception. You want to shoot for moderate visual complexity. Focus on only one or two colors and patterns and casually repeat them throughout your space. Use things such as pillows or vases to tie the room together. Just like nature, your room should feel interconnected.

Scent and Sound

Fill your house with scents that are pleasing to you. Look for scents that remind you of good times in your life. There is nothing better than walking into a home and immediately smelling something pleasing to you. The same can be said for sounds. Hearing the sound of a waterfall or listening to your favorite tunes on the radio can immediately put you into a state of relaxation. It is one of the easiest ways to chill out.