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How to Create a Peaceful Environment Indoors

Last Updated on November 10, 2011

With all of the stressful things that we have to deal with on a daily basis, nothing can be better than coming home to a calm peaceful setting to put your mind at ease. While some people live in a chaotic household with children and others who live on their own naturally seem to have a quiet home, there’s more to a peaceful environment than just silence.

Consider a quiet room that’s in complete disarray. For most, sitting in that room will not induce a peaceful state but rather increase anxiety.  In order to create your own personal sanctuary at home, consider some of the following tips the next time you want to get away from it all:

Keep it Tidy

The very first thing to do in a home is to get everything tidy and organized. It may seem like a hassle and even increase stress to clean it, but the end result will be a clean environment where everything belongs in its rightful place. Get organized with shelving units, decorative boxes, baskets and anything else that will help keep things properly arranged.

Coming home to less chaotic surroundings will immediately put you at ease and allow you to unwind for a quiet night in.

Natural and Artificial Lighting

Lighting is very important to affect your mood. Natural light is very healthy and calming in a home, which is why skylights and large windows are very popular for many homes and commercial buildings. Not only does it help save money on electric bills but it also adds a great feel to a space.

Artificial lighting also greatly affects how someone feels and functions in a space. In order to encourage calm and relaxation, choose warm tones for lighting since cool tones generally cause a space to feel sterile and promotes alertness. Choose indoors lighting with yellow or rose tinted bulbs for a warm and inviting environment.

Bring Nature Indoors

Elements from the natural world are always highly regarded in every culture for peace and tranquility. It has been proven that introducing a variety of plants and trees into a space will immediately help create a clean and serene atmosphere that calms people down.

Regardless of the size of a room, there are many different plants and trees that can grow well in virtually any kind of conditions, whether it’s dry, moist, dark or bright, it’s just a matter of choosing the best ones for the space you have. Plants are also an excellent source for cleaning the air in a home, which is a healthy solution all year round.

The Power of Water

Finally, as a finally addition to create a peaceful atmosphere in a home, it’s recommended to have some kind of water feature, whether it’s an indoor fountain, a bowl or water or a water garden in a container. Introducing features that have running water like a small waterfall or fountain will instantly create a peaceful spa like environment since the sound of running water is one of the top sounds for putting the mind at peace.  Water indoors is also a healthy choice to add moisture in the air, which helps encourage better breathing and also help plants thrive indoors.

Stress and anxiety are the most common cause for many physical ailments and decrease the ability to properly concentrate on the tasks at hand. By following some of the tips for creating a peaceful indoor environment, you will be able to calm the body and mind, which will translate into a better lifestyle and overall health.

Miho enjoys writing about creative people in the world, life in Tokyo, eco tips and her pursuit of a more positive lifestyle. She regularly provides eco tips and how-to projects through her blog at

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