4 Ways To Instantly Make Your Home Less Stressful

Want to keep the peace in your home? Expert interior designer Tiffany Brooks has the secret.

Lauren Porter Apr, 10, 2017

Your home is a sacred space and should be a stress-free zone for you and your family. The rooms in your home should feel welcoming, no matter how big or small your living space is. But, we know what you’re thinking: How?

We asked interior designer Tiffany Brooks to share her go-to decor design tips on making your home less stressful and always relaxing.

1. Go Tech Free

“Find a place to store all of your electronics. I know this one is almost a non negotiable, but recently I have seen a trend in less “tech” especially in a bedroom. This includes no TV, laptops, and for the brave even smart phones.”

2. Repaint Your Rooms

“There really is a psychology behind color,” said Brooks. “Blues, warm whites, soft (light) violets and light grays I find are the color choices that cause the least amount of stress inducing emotions. When you pair the wall color with a monochromatic fabric story, filled with tons of texture, that offers another level to calm. Think of how an all white room makes you feel.”

3. Switch Up Your Lighting

“Rooms with only overhead lighting can be quite harsh on the face, as well as inducing the feeling that you have to always be in ‘go mode.’ Try pairing overhead light with different types of light including: wall sconces, Floor Lamps, and accent lighting like one you would use to spotlight a piece of art.”

4. Add Some Textiles

A simple solution is to add more textiles to your room by layering throws and pillows, adding drapes and area rugs. The simple feeling of “softness” that fabrics and textiles adds, can quickly create a less harsh environment.

Just like that you’ve created a space that will always be welcoming, inviting and calming no matter the time of day!

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We actually have a viewer question that was submitted for you.>>Okay.>>All Right.>>Hi. My name is Manese Azude and I'm a student at the University of Texas at Austin and I wanted to ask what is your advice or any type of go to tips that you can give me? With dealing with abrupt stressful situations, I am someone I've learned that if there's a situation that comes my way I wasn't expecting yet, and its very stressful, I don't know how to deal with stress very well and it starts to effect the way I function to where I can't function so any advice? Okay, so she's shoot him from the driver seat of her car. [LAUGH] But thank God she's not moving. Sure. I think what I would say to anybody is learn how to breathe. Do you know how many of us breathe improperly? Mm-Hm. We breath [SOUND] and that's what we do when there's stress. It's really useful to breathe way down in the diaphragm. [MUSIC] In the belly. Mm-hm. So whenever comes at you, stressful, shocking, upsetting, [SOUND] because what breath does is it floods the brain with oxygen. Mm-hm. So that you can, function and think I would say stop and breathe and keep breathing and fill your body with oxygen until you can make a choice, a decision, or understand what's going on. [BLANK_AUDIO]