Your home is one place where you should be able to consistently feel safe, comfortable, and relaxed. There is nothing better than coming home after a long day, and putting your feet up to watch TV and relax. There are so many things that can get distracting and stressful though – like cold, dreary and cluttered rooms. By taking just a few steps to improve your home, you can create a happier and healthier environment.

Improve the Lighting

Making sure you have enough natural light in your home is very important.  Natural light is not only good for your physical health, but it can greatly increase the happiness within your home.  Natural light is proven to trigger serotonin in your body, which is more commonly known as the happy hormone. Filling your home with sunlight is the one of the best things you can do.

Opening the curtains will not only increase health benefits but it will stop your home from having a dark and dull feel to it.  If you are concerned with privacy, there are blinds you can get that will let the light stream in while obscuring the view from the outside at the same time.  Installing patio doors, French doors or perhaps a skylight will increase the filtering of light into your home even more.  If you have a conservatory you might consider using it even on colder winter days and if you find it too cold, you can always plan to replace that glass roof with a tiled one to make it cozy. 

Add Some Plants

The right plants can be an amazing addition to any home. They look fantastic, and studies are also starting to find that they can really improve and purify the air in the space surrounding them. While these plants are said to improve the air they also create a sense of calm and beauty wherever they are situated.  Likewise, a bunch of flowers in a vase will cheer up any day, even if they are just some wildflowers from your own garden.  The scent of a beautiful candle or oil burner can create a harmonious atmosphere throughout the house.

Peace and Quiet

Unwanted noise can be a huge cause of stress but there are a few things you can do to rectify the problem. You will first need to identify the source of the noise and see what you can do to minimise or avoid it.  Dogs barking, early morning bin collections, loud trucks and busses can all disturb your calm both day and night.  A solution could be to replace your windows with triple glazed ones thus reducing the noise significantly. 

Eliminate Clutter

Clutter can cause a lot of stress. It can be a huge distraction and it can make you feel very uncomfortable.  A good way to deal with clutter is to get rid of it. Take some time to go through your things and decide if there is anything you don’t need to keep. A trip to the charity shop with your unwanted items will also give you the feel good factor.  Once you’ve done that, you might just need to get creative with storage. You can take advantage of space under your bed, or use stackable boxes to neatly and securely save floor space.

Calming Decorations

One more thing you can do to create a more relaxing environment in your home, is to decorate with calming colors and images. Paint your walls a pleasant, relaxed color that you will always enjoy and one that won’t go out of style any time soon. The overall atmosphere of your home can also benefit greatly from some quiet, serene scenes from nature being put up on your wall. These will elicit feelings of relaxation naturally.

Remember your home should be your oasis away from the busy world outside.  By making small changes you can enjoy your surroundings and improve your mood.