Within an Hour, You Can:

Get and plug in full-spectrum light bulbs that duplicate the soothing effects of sunlight (the right light sets off a serene mood instantly).

Spread the relaxing effect of the garden throughout the room with mini vases.

Fill the living room with soft pillows and throws that encourage curling up and relaxing.

Light a candle; the flame’s flickering movement has a hypnotic and relaxing effect.

Within a Day, You Can:

Soften the entire room and give it a laid-back attitude by using loose-fitting slipcovers.

Put in diffused lights or sheers to give the room a soft, restful glow.

Paint the ceiling a pale blue for instant serenity (it’ll give a sky-like effect).

Put up a picture of a lush landscape to mellow out and reconnect with nature.

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For more calming nature effects, an aquarium is great (Just watching the fish swim!).

The continuous crests and cascades of a wave machine soothe in much the same way as rocking soothes a cranky baby.

Stress-free Floor Plans

Small rooms (about 12″ x 12“)-When planning a stress-free room, pay attention to flow. Use a scaled-down 65″ love seat instead of an 85” sofa, which allows you to leave walkways at least 30″ wide.

For a tiny room, station the sofa on the shortest wall, not the longest.

Always set a tiny table next to an armchair.

Medium rooms (about 15″ x 15“)-In a mid-size room, you can always rely on the always popular L-shaped arrangement to provide plenty of seating and still ensure a feeling of personal space. For additional seating, consider adding a third piece.

Large rooms (about 20″ x 20“)-You can design an intimate area (with just the right amount of space for people to relax) by “floating” two sofas in the middle of the room (especially around a fireplace). Create a separate niche by adding a pair of chairs.

The top of your coffee table should always be lower than that of the sofa.

Living Room Aromatherapy

For an instant stress buster, dip a cotton ball in one of the calming essential oils like bergamot, chamomile or lavender and tuck inside a pillow case.

Plant essences such as rose geraniums and rosemary also ease tension The leaves, not the blooms, give off a great soothing scent.

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