Ask Angi: Creating a Relaxing Home Environment

(41NBC/WMGT) — Your home environment has the ability to change your mood and stress levels for the better. Mallory Micetich, a home care expert at Angi, is here to talk to us about how to make our homes less stressful so we can truly love where we live.

“A fresh coat of paint can completely change the feel of your home,” said Micetich “Bold and bright colors are fun to use, but with relaxation in mind, I recommend primarily using natural tones to cultivate that feeling in your environment. These colors come in different tones and shades to match all decor, so there’s something for everybody. Look for shades of white, grey and taupe, cool blues and natural greens for a beautiful, spa-like look and feel.”

Clutter tends to cause stress and anxiety – and it makes it harder to keep your home clean and organized. If your home is full to the brim with stuff, go through your belongings and only keep what you love and use. Being intentional and selective about what you keep in your home will cultivate a calming space that doesn’t feel overly cluttered.

“Lighting is one of the most important aspects of a home, especially when it comes to the overall mood,” said Micetich “I recommend letting in as much natural light as possible. Not only does natural light create a brighter environment that boosts serotonin levels, but it also allows houseplants to thrive. Houseplants have been proven to boost your mood and reduce stress, so incorporating more natural light and plants can make a huge difference overall.”

Scents are another great way to cultivate a relaxing feeling in your home. Try using candles, reed diffusers, essential oil diffusers or even incense to improve the scent of your home. Certain scents, like lavender and bergamot, are known for their calming properties, but any scent that you love can boost your mood.

“We use our homes in a lot of different ways – relaxing, entertaining, working from home, exercising – the list goes on,” said Micetich “Sometimes, it might not be feasible to make your whole home a calming oasis. If this sounds like your situation, I recommend creating a designated zone. Fill this space with whatever you find relaxing, whether it be a yoga mat, or meditation tools, books or knitting materials. Escape to this space whenever you need to feel calm and relaxed in your home.”

Do you have questions about your home projects? Tweet them using #AskingAngi and you may get some tips in an upcoming segment!

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