8 Things You Need for a Soothing, Stree-Free Space

Destress with these 8 relaxing home accents.

More or less, your home is a safe haven where you can escape after a long, stressful day. But sometimes, even your home isn't as calming as it could be. The key to finding peace of mind? Keep clutter to a minimum and opt for décor that encourages relaxation. These eight home accents will transform your space into a little piece of zen paradise.


1. Turn the Lights Down Low

Turn the lights down low and bask in the warm, ambient glow of candlelight. For us, a cluster of ivory pillar candles with a light lavender scent is the way to go, they'll instantly had a romantic, tranquil vibe to any room.

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2. Do Your Vinyasa

Exercise is one of the best ways to beat stress, but you don't have to head to the studio to reap the benefits. Get your SO in on the idea and start bonding over sun salutations and child's pose. And even if neither of you manages to get to your zen place, the laughter illicited from watching your partner attempt to do triangle pose is enough to make you forget all the stresses from the day.

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3. Go with the Flow

The sound of trickling water is known for it's calming effect, but that doesn't mean you have to pack up and move to a waterfront location. An indoor water feature will not only add a unique touch to your décor, the soothing sound will help you kick back and relax after a long day.

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4. Get Green

It's been scientifically proven that color can effect our mood. Green is not only easy on the eyes (literally — it's an easy color for our eyes to process), it also promotes tranquility. Adding plants into your home is a super simple way to benefit from this vibrant, naturally occuring color without having to paint your walls, while making your space feel fresh.

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5. Soak It Up

There's nothing quite like a good soak after one of those “I just can't even" kind of days (or any day really). Bath salts mixed with delicate flower petals and a light floral scent will whisk you away from your 9 to 5 woes and transport you to a place of serenity, all without having to leave the house.

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6. Primp and Pamper

Essential oils offer plenty of benefits, but what we're most interested in is their major massage potential. Stress can make your muscles ache, but you'll both be glowing (it's packed full of vitamin E and B) and feeling like brand new after a quick go with this luxurious oil.

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7. Bring the Outdoors in

Natural elements bring a breath of fresh air into a room. Go for wood accents like reclaimed rustic shelving, wicker baskets or decorative trinkets to create a warm, inviting environment.

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8. Create a Piece of Paradise

Designate a spot in your home to be your cozy nook, where you can go to repose and unwind — no work allowed. Soft blankets, cushy pillows and comfy seating are key.

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