Making a more peaceful space without spending cash

I’m of the school that keeps furniture and objects in the same places for years. But this article makes a lot of sense and is practical (and inexpensive). Worth reading.

https://www.insider.com/how-to-make-your-home-peaceful-interior-designers

Interior designers reveal 10 things you should get rid of to create a more peaceful space

Cheyenne Lentz May 2, 2020, 10:12 AMSnapchat

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Simple changes can make a room more tranquil. 
  • Insider asked three interior designers to share what items they recommend getting rid of in order to create a serene home environment. 
  • They said too many throw pillows and unnecessary counter clutter can make your home feel crowded and uncomfortable.
  • Patterned textiles and electronic devices can be distracting and disrupt the tranquility of a bedroom or a living room.
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Life can be hectic sometimes, so we all need a place where we can escape work and other obligations. Fortunately, you don’t need an entire home makeover to create a more relaxing environment.

By simply getting rid of certain items, and storing others better, you can dramatically change the vibe of a space.

Here are the things interior designers think you should declutter to create a more peaceful space.ADVERTISING

Placing too many picture frames on surfaces will create clutter.

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Lots of picture frames can clutter a tabletop. 

If you are someone who enjoys displaying family photos all over your tabletops, it’s better to opt for a gallery wall instead, according to Bo Keuleers, interior design manager at MVA Home.

Not only does this declutter shelves, nightstands, and dressers, Keuleers said, but also it creates space for more functional items that contribute to creating a relaxed environment.

She suggested replacing those picture frames with table lamps, candles, or coffee table books for a better lit and less cluttered space.ADVERTISING

Patterned textiles can be overwhelming and hinder relaxation.

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Solid-colored accent pillows make for a more relaxing environment. 

Certain designs can also be problematic in creating a peaceful home.

Energetic patterns may be distracting and can hinder sleep and relaxation, according to Sarah Barnard, interior designer and founder of Sarah Barnard Design.

Solid textiles, on the other hand, keep from overloading the eyes, she explained. 

Going overboard on throw pillows can make a room seem crowded.

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Too many throw pillows can overcrowd a couch. 

You also want to avoid the mistake of having too many pillows if you want to create a serene environment, according to Keuleers.

“People tend to get excited when it comes to decorating their brand new sectional and go overboard on throw pillows,”  Keuleers told Insider. “Having too many pillows on a couch can feel overcrowded, uncomfortable, and even adds to the mess since pillows usually end up on the floor to create space for guests.”

If you have a sectional, stick to three pillows in each corner, said Keuleers. For people who have a sofa, placing two pillows on the side of the room that is less busy and only one pillow on the opposite end adds balance to the space, she explained.https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Stop letting your mail pile up.

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Mail can pile up quickly and create unnecessary clutter. 

Mail is also a hindrance to a serene environment, according to Liana Hawes, the creative designer at Wimberly Interiors

The best way to deal with mail is to develop a system to go through it daily, Hawes suggested. That way, it won’t pile up and become a mess.

If you find your mail gathering in stacks on your counter, find a designated place to keep the envelopes until you can sort through them, like a drawer or opaque storage bin. ADVERTISING

Freestanding coat racks are bulky and hinder a relaxed environment.

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Visible coat racks can be unsightly, whether they resemble garment racks or have a tree-like design. 

Like mail, coat racks are also visually displeasing, according to Keuleers, and should be removed from your home. 

“Although coat stands help keep clothes off the floors and away from ‘that’ chair that is being used as a makeshift clothes rack, it nonetheless remains an eyesore,” Keuleers told Insider.  

Getting rid of these freestanding racks will also encourage you to get rid of coats that are no longer used and are just taking up space, she said.

Keep the kitchen and bathroom counters as free as possible by putting appliances and seldom-used items in cabinets instead.

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Keep unnecessary appliances off of countertops. 

The quickest way to achieve a calming environment is to store away items that are typically found on countertops both in the kitchen and in the bathroom, according to Keuleers. 

Regarding the kitchen specifically, Keulers suggests finding a hidden spot for items such as toasters, pots and pans, and dish racks when they’re not in use. 

“Make sure everything is cleared off except for some usable yet decorative items, such as your favorite cookbook, a fruit basket, and some greenery,” Keuleers told Insider.

Open storage units can cause visual clutter.

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Decorative boxes can help hide the clutter. 

The way you store your necessary clutter is also important.

Visible storage like open closets or bookshelves are often insufficient and don’t contribute to a peaceful environment, Hawes said. 

“As much as you can, store things in beautiful baskets or bins,” Hawes told Insider. “And if needed, add a nice label that is consistent on each piece.”https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Hide electronic devices in drawers to minimize distractions.

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Decorating with plants can make a space more peaceful. 

Technology is an integral part of most of our lives, and most of us have multiple electronic devices in our living spaces. However, that isn’t ideal if you want to create a peaceful vibe, according to Barnard. 

“I encourage my clients to minimize screens in bedrooms and living rooms and instead, focus on live plants to balance technology with elements that connect to nature,” Barnard told Insider.

Consider utilizing large flat drawers that offer space to store laptops and phones safely out of view, Barnard suggested.https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Loose change and other knickknacks can pile up quickly, creating clutter.

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Emptying your pockets onto a table can cause clutter. 

Tables in the foyer are often an easy place to pile change, keys, and other little knickknacks you find in your pockets, Keuleers said. 

Consider placing a decorative box on the table so that these small items are out of sight, but still conveniently accessible, Keuleers recommended.

Heavy window treatments can seem overbearing and gloomy.

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Heavy curtains can make a room feel stuffy. 

“Layers and layers of fabric used to be a popular interior design trend,” Keuleers told Insider. “Today, heavy drapery, swags, and valances make a room feel stuffy, overbearing, and gloomy while instantly giving your home a dated look.”

They also prevent natural light from entering your room, she added. 

Updating your window treatments to sheers or a lightweight fabric can quickly elevate your home, and will likely brighten the space, Keuleers explained.

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