Design Secrets for a Calm and Happy Home

1. FIND THE RIGHT SPOT FOR YOUR STUFF

Organizing should be about convenience, not where you think things “should” go. Keep what you need where you really need it, says pro organizer Marissa Hagmeyer of Neat Method. If you’re in the habit of sorting mail while watching TV, for instance, keep couple of baskets for “in” and “out” nearby.

2. EMBRACE SOOTHING SHADES

A fresh coat of paint can be the biggest mood-changer in a room. For a timeless neutral that’s more comforting than stark white, try creamy ivory or greige, says Dee Schlotter, color expert for PPG Paints.

3. TAP INTO SCENT

In case you needed an excuse to buy even more candles: An aroma that evokes a happy memory is a shortcut to feeling happy right now. Pine can transport you to the cozy holidays, while coconut can bring you back to that calm feeling of your last  vacation. 

4. POP A PLANT IN EVERY ROOM

Believe this: Caring for plants is an act of compassion, and the more compassion we have in our lives, the better off we are. Think beyond the windowsill and sneak in greenery wherever you can, from the dining room to the bathroom.

5. LET THE LIGHT IN

Sun-filled rooms make us feel invigorated even when we’re stuck doing chores. To maximize the natural light in a room, skip curtains and drapes altogether if privacy isn’t an issue.