Inducing relaxation and alleviating stress are a goal that many of us have and many people believe that the way our home is setup contributes significantly towards these mood changes. Let us begin by saying just how easy it is to change the mood of a room by just using a few of the following techniques: colors, an uncluttered look, no electronic equipment, relaxing music, greenery, living things such as tropical fish in an aquarium, candles, personal memorabilia and soft lighting. Now, let's incorporate the above with the following rooms in a home, and we have set the stage for a relaxing, stress-free atmosphere.

Feng Shui Throughout the Home

The ancient Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui is one that is so simple use in any room of the house that any section can be converted into a dream room for relaxation. At its core is an ethereal philosophy that promotes an uncluttered, unobstructed path throughout the house. Furthermore, it's a system of harmonizing people with their surrounding environment.

Consequently, an energized tranquility, peaceful existence and divine order of sorts are its end results. Get organized and uncluttered are the messages here; relaxation will soon follow. Enhance the rooms with plants, flowers and incensed fragrances, and you have created a heavenly ambiance at home.

The Bedroom

Take out the plasma TV, and use this room for what it was made--to rest. Take out all excessively large furniture pieces, and make sure you have enough room to move around comfortably. A window sill with your personal pictures and a nice set of plantation shutters in Miami are more than adequate to give a relaxed feel to this room.

Soft pastel colors usually are the most relaxing, but they can be whatever gives you a relaxed feeling. Lighting can be dimmed at night with a dimming device, or have a table lamp on a small reading table. That being said, stay away from all bright lighting, no matter where your dream room is found.

Be certain to keep the fragrance of the room in line with your preferences, be they vanilla, lavender or perhaps sandalwood incense sticks.


Some people may not think of a kitchen area as relaxing, but this writer assures you that a kitchen with a breakfast nook situated in a far corner by a window sill will usually do much to induce stress-free feelings--along with a good morning cup of coffee of course. Be sure to have some pots planted with fresh herbs on that window sill. Naturally, the best times to use this for one's relaxation are when the household has settled down for the night or early in the morning before the activity begins.

Window Reading Nook

What better place in a home to sit down, read a good novel and day-dream than the proverbial window reading nook. A nice little hiding place if there ever was one, one's attic or even a basement corner properly adorned and lighted can do wonders to starve off digital distractions such as Facebook.

Outdoor Space

It doesn't take much to do something that projects a relaxed, stress-free atmosphere in the backyard. With a designated corner in the yard underneath a tree, and a small table with a potted plant on top, you have succeeded in creating a Garden of Eden of sorts with a minimalist touch.

The Front or Back Porch

Hanging plants, wind chimes and a wicker sofa or chairs will do much to enhance the atmosphere of stress-reduced living in either a front or back porch. With a side table and a pitcher of iced jasmine tea on hand, what more can a person ask for?

A home is essentially what you make it to be, and if you incorporate philosophical concepts such as the Chinese Feng Shui, you can literally make an atmosphere of peace, enlightenment and positive energy forces virtually at will.

Any room, or section of the house, can turn into an oasis of emotional healing properties in a frenzy-driven world when you use a combination of elements mentioned at the beginning of this article. Even watching a fish tank with beautiful Cichlids swimming inside will do as an effective means to reduce stress.

Chances are you won't be able to create that missing, tranquil element overnight. However, a designated time and space gradually put together for your well-being is the only thing you'll ever really need--plus a little imagination.

Author's Bio: 

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on twitter: @RachelleWilber