A calming environment can start with a new rug. Soft fabrics can help keep sounds from echoing. Then bring in soft and colourful throws and cushions to update your room and add comfort.
If you have a mishmash of furniture bought, given and handed down, an easy way to keep things from looking jumbled is to figure out which pieces of furniture could work together, like side tables that are the same height, and paint them the same colour.
Add a distinctive non traditional scent that reminds you of your home - and only your home - and you can leave work, traffic jams and rude people behind as soon as you walk through the door.
Use lamps, uplights and side lights to create enough light in each room for your needs. An overhead light is usually not enough. Boosting light in the middle of the day could help you feel healthier, especially in winter.
Use paint to create a calm atmosphere. Most people prefer a pale grey with hints of red in it! This colour goes well with warm brown tones in wood floors or furnishings. It is also easy to add colourful accessories to brighten the room, and to make it comfortable and Serene.