Simple Ways to Turn Your Living Space into a Zen Retreat

The number one thing most of us want to do when they come home is to relax. After a long, stressful day full of work and errands, we just want to kick back and sink into a comfy sofa as we unwind and release all that tension. However, for this to happen, our home needs to be an actual place of peace and comfort, rather than a messy, disorganized space that only contributes to our anxiety. If you want to build yourself an oasis of calm and feel safe and happy, it’s important to make it all look and feel totally zen. Eager to make your home into a beautiful, tranquil place that you’ll be eager to come back to every day? Then here are some tips to help you set it all up!

Grab a thick, cozy rug

You want everything beneath your feet to be soft. That feeling of walking across a soft, thick rug will be like stepping onto a cloud and to make it all look more uniform, you can match the color of floor to the color of your carpet. Just pick something lush and of high quality, and feel free to walk around barefoot occasionally, just to enjoy the sensation of something soft against your weary feet.

Spread pillows around

While you don’t need to cover your whole room with decorative pillows, having several of them spread across sofas, chairs, and beds will make everything look really cozy. Besides, it’ll be easy to simply reach out and grab a pillow that you can snuggle up against and rest.

Make the air fresh and clean

A stuffy, oppressive room is no one’s idea of zen, and families with smokers are usually the one who have the most issues with this. It’s important to keep your living space fresh, so make sure to open your windows every morning and every evening for half an hour to help the air circulate. Of course, you can also get a nice purifier for an even better effect. It’s important to choose a trustworthy brand, so if you aren’t willing to completely forbid cigarettes inside the house, then the best air purifier for smokers by Oransi is the one that has a good HEPA filter and can neutralize all the annoying odors. This is a really good idea for those who frequently receive guests and who have family members that don’t like the smell of cigarettes lingering around all the time. 

Play with lighting

Natural lighting is very soothing and there’s nothing quite like sitting down in your favorite sofa and reading a good book by the window, so make sure to arrange your furniture in a way that lets you benefit from the light of day. Besides this, it’s also a good idea to install lighting fixtures with a dimmer switch that will let you set up the right kind of atmosphere for parties, romantic evenings, or even meditation.

Do a major declutter

Our minds simply function much better in a neat, orderly space. Dusting and vacuuming regularly can really make the whole house a lot more pleasant to live in, but it’s not really just about cleanliness. An organized home has a positive impact on our mental health, while clutter can actually make us feel tense and give us the sense that things are out of our control. To make it better, start by going through your closet—your wardrobe is probably full of things that you’ll never wear again, so start throwing them out. Donate and sell what you can, and throw away the rest. Once you’re done with the closet, start going through each room in your home, and repeating the whole process.

Decorate with neutrals

Bright colors can inspire creativity, but unless you’re an artist with a fast-paced mind who needs a constant source of inspiration, overly fussy or colorful d├ęcor could actually end up giving you a headache. Your best bet if you want peace are soft neutrals, so choose and earthy colors and fill up your room with brown, beige, grey, and white. This will make the room monochrome and neat, but if you like, you could add some visual interest by incorporating different textures. Rich wooden furniture will look great with some off-white covers to give it an interesting layer, so stick to lighter tones and then break the monotony with a darker neutral.
Bring in good furniture, soft pillows, a few comforters, and a lot of love into your home. Make it all tidy and fresh, and you’re bound to create a perfect little oasis of peace and beauty.
Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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