Chill Out at Home

Home should be a place to relax and forget the outside world. But how does that happen? Between clutter, computers, and kids, our apartments can often feel as peaceful as Times Square. Here are some tips on how decorating can help you create a low-stress environment.

Cool Colors. Where possible, use blues, whites and greys. You may not be able to paint your walls, but even hints of soft tones will put your mind at ease.

Let There Be Light. Use natural light whenever possible — a strategically-placed mirror or two will put the sun in every corner. Overhead bulbs can be harsh, so place a few good lamps in every room.

Use Nature. Fresh flowers and live plants are a great way to boost your mood and create an indoor sanctuary. Match them to your apartment's color scheme or bring in whatever strikes your fancy.