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How to Create a Calm and Relaxing Home

26th January 2018
How to Create a Calm and Relaxing Home |

A calming retreat

Our surroundings can play a part in how we feel, so it’s wise to make an environment that helps you to feel relaxed and at ease. With a few simple tweaks, it’s possible to create an oasis of calm, somewhere to soothe away the woes of the day. Or if you work from home, a place that supports your creativity and productivity, free of too many distractions!

To achieve this, it’s good to establish what interiors you find relaxing and to work with what you have in your home rather than against it. Complimenting your existing interior will create a harmonious space and most of all it means you won’t have to completely redecorate – unless of course, you want to!

‘Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax.’ – Mark Black

Reflect on what you find calming

Before you get going it’s useful to take a little time to think about the spaces that you find calming. Perhaps you’re drawn to traditional country interiors with their charming character and nostalgic feel, or maybe you prefer modern minimal rooms with an abundance of white space and clean lines. When it comes to our homes, there really are no rules because personal taste is a very subjective thing. What someone finds cosy and comforting another may find cluttered and chaotic, so it’s best to go with what feels right for you.

When you’ve established your preference consider how the calming quality of the interior has been achieved. Think about the colour scheme, the styling, the decorations, the lighting, the textures and even the aromas. All these factors will help you to recreate a similar look and feel in your home. And trust me when I say anything is possible, having lived in the tiniest rented studio flat on the Kings Road in Chelsea, I can confirm that you can make even the smallest of spaces feel like a cosy retreat.

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Before you introduce anything new into the room, have a look at what you already have. If you’re limited on space or you prefer a slightly more minimal look then you may wish to have a declutter. Removing anything that no longer serves you can make a huge difference to the space. Especially if, like me, you’re someone who finds it hard to relax in a busy or cluttered environment. (Further reading: my decluttering tips.)


If you’ve spent a moment considering what relaxes you, you should have an idea of your preferred colour or colours. Maybe you’re drawn to the cool blues and turquoises of the sea or the warm greens of a forest. Whatever your personal preference, by introducing a few calming colours you should begin to see a difference in how the room looks and feels. If you live in rented accommodation and you’re not permitted to decorate or you don’t fancy getting out a paintbrush, you could introduce some coloured accessories such as cushions, a throw or a rug. That way you can inject your preferred colour without having to do too much work.


Adding some texture is a great way to make a room feel calm and cosy. Textures look and feel comforting and can soften a room. Consider fake fur, fleece, wool and linen and look out for cushions, blankets, throws and rugs. That way you’ll be able to change things around to reflect the seasons. Sumptuous throws and soft blankets are perfect for the chilly winter months. And by adding a hot drink and a good book you should have all the ingredients you need for a cosy evening in.

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Lighting can transform the look and feel of a room and so it’s certainly something to address when creating a calm space. Have a look at the brightness and colour of your bulbs and if you have light shades, look at how they soften and direct the light. Freestanding lamps and sidelights are a great way to tone down the light and add atmosphere, many can be positioned to give you complete control over where the light is projected. This can help you to create a softer and calmer mood.


Whether you like large palms or cute cacti, there’s no denying that houseplants can bring life to a room. By introducing some greenery, you can begin to create a natural and serene environment, echoing the wonder of the great outdoors. It’s lovely to display plants with different patterns, colours and textures to recreate the calming essence of nature. And over the winter months when the trees are bare, it’s lovely to return home to some greenery. Houseplants are relatively inexpensive and make lovable little housemates! (Further reading: three simple ways to style your houseplants.)

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Scented candles, reed diffusers, essential oils, joss sticks and pomanders can be used to introduce a calming aroma to a space. Choose fragrances that you love and ones that promote relaxation. Unwinding with a magazine, some soothing tunes and the scent of lavender is a great way to lift the pressures of the day.


There’s something comforting about being surrounded by your favourite belongings and sentimental items, and nothing says, ‘home sweet home’ more than the things that bring you joy. So why not display your favourite photographs and treasured possessions? This could be anything from postcards to handbags. I love displaying the things that I’ve collected and remind me of the world around – pretty shells, colourful crystals, houseplants as well as vintage objects and one-off pieces by artists and craftspeople. Things that evoke happy memories and make me smile. (Further reading: seven ways to add personality to your home.)

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have a calm and beautiful day!

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 Parts of this text originally appeared in Breathe, issue nine.

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  • Reply Juan Sandiego 26th January 2018 at 10:06 am

    Thank you for all the tips, Natasha! I’m gonna give your decluttering guide a go as well. It’s about time.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 26th January 2018 at 12:58 pm

      You’re welcome, Juan. Good luck with the declutter!

  • Reply fashionforlunch 26th January 2018 at 11:48 am

    Oh natasha! You are sooooo right!!!! And I’m needing to buy more greenery!!!!!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 26th January 2018 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks so much, Kirsty. You can’t go wrong with a few green leafy friends!

  • Reply Lazy Daisy jones 26th January 2018 at 1:08 pm

    I’m admiring the calm vibes from your beautiful images, especially those pretty pops of interior greenery!
    Lovely tips thank you…

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 26th January 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you for stopping by, Ashley. I hope you have a lovely weekend!

  • Reply Sue 26th January 2018 at 1:32 pm

    I read this in Breathe, it’s a really useful piece! Agreed with it all xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 26th January 2018 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks so much, Sue – your home looks like the perfect place to relax and unwind in! 🙂

  • Reply Jules 26th January 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Interesting post!!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 26th January 2018 at 8:14 pm

      Thank you, Jules!

  • Reply Kate Baxter 26th January 2018 at 6:02 pm

    An ‘oasis of calm’ is definitely something I aspire to! Looking round, it’s definitely time for another declutter… but in the meantime I might just light a candle to help me de-stress this evening. Hope you have a lovely weekend hun! x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 26th January 2018 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks so much, Kate. I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing candlelit evening!

  • Reply Tamsyn 26th January 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Ah I definitely need to have a rethink in my own home, such brilliant tips Natasha! Xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 26th January 2018 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks so much, Tamsyn. I’m pleased you found them helpful. 🙂

  • Reply Natalia 30th January 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Fab tips and I love your ‘love’ print!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 30th January 2018 at 5:31 pm

      Thanks so much, Natalia!

  • Reply arianna 7th February 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Lovely tips Natasha! Really enjoyed this post xxx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 8th February 2018 at 9:27 am

      Thank you, Arianna, I hope you’re having a great week!

  • Reply Mr & Mrs Gist 12th February 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Some lovely tips here – I think lighting is an important one, I find it really lifts my mood. Thanks for sharing this post 🙂

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 26th February 2018 at 6:45 pm

      You’re welcome, I’m pleased you found the post helpful.

  • Reply Kelly at Twentysomething Vision 14th February 2018 at 11:36 am

    Love this! Great tips. I really appreciate good lighting and greenery too. I’ve had a little succulent family in my office for three years now. It’s a hand-me-down from a previous coworker, and it’s sprouted from 3 little plants to nearly 10! It brings so much joy and it’s so subtle. It’s great to watch something grow, and other coworkers stop by my desk to ask about it. As far as lighting goes – I love natural lighting. Unfortunately at my full time job, we no longer have windows surrounding us (we moved offices). But when I work at home on the weekends, I definitely open up the blinds and let that shine in! Thanks for sharing these tips on this post.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 26th February 2018 at 6:47 pm

      Thank you for your kind comment, Kelly. Your succulent family sound great and how lovely to receive them from a former colleague. I hope you have a great week!

  • Reply Daphne Celeste 26th February 2018 at 6:06 am

    I love that you expertly covered each element in creating a calm/relaxed living space. I am looking forward to using your tips and transforming my living room!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 26th February 2018 at 6:45 pm

      Thanks so much, Daphne. I hope you have a great week!

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