12 Science-Backed Secrets to a Stress-Free Home
Psychologists use well, psychology, to design offices that invoke a feeling of calm and facilitate healing for patients. The rest of us can adapt these decor tricks to make our homes a stress-free space.
Include some personal elements in your home, like family photos and kids’ artwork. But make sure these elements aren’t so overpowering that they override a sense of calmness and neatness. You also want furniture to meet your needs. Have kids? Use age- and size-appropriate chairs and toys. And get a few chairs that are comfortable for you and your adult guests, too. Consider adding some soft pillows as a cozy element, says Dr. Nasar. Artwork should highlight your openness to different cultures. In Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Devlin and colleagues discussed how they compared reactions of white college students and mainly ethnic minority adult community members to photos of therapists’ offices. The community group rated the therapist better when the art was more ethnic than Western in flavor. That’s because if the artwork people see differs from their own traditions, they may feel unwelcome.
Bring in the big guns
Consider hiring a qualified and certified architect, interior designer, stager, or another decorating professional to give your space a zen makeover. He or she can help you decide how you want to live and how you do live, and then plan your home space accordingly. The expert will know what’s available in finishes and furniture and the current interior design trends, which you can combine with these research-backed strategies for keeping your space cool and calm.