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13 Ways to Create a PEACEFUL Home

Creating a peaceful home through decor involves intentional choices that promote tranquility and harmony. It starts by choosing a color palette that soothes the senses, incorporating natural elements, finding cozy furniture, and personalizing the space with meaningful accessories.

How to Create a Peaceful Home

13 Ways to Create a Peaceful Home - Photo of Pitcher of Lilacs, Open Book, Reading Glasses, and a Cup of Coffee
13 Ways to Create a Peaceful Home

If you’re looking for more ways to create a comfortable space or to destress your life, Hygge Home Decor: 31 Ways to Make it Cozy or 31 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress will help you get started.

“Everyone can identify with a fragrant garden, with the beauty of sunset, with the quiet of nature, with a warm and cozy cottage.”

Thomas Kinkade

I recently moved into a peaceful home that the previous owner totally loved. She and her husband had the cottage built 30 years ago and raised their family in it.

Lots of love went into that serene environment, and you can still feel the happy energy surrounding the walls.

Every person I see in my neighborhood comments how lucky I was to get Miss Martha’s house. “She loved that house so much,” they would all say. Indeed, she did.

Now, I love that same peaceful home. It took me seven months to find the perfect house on a not-so-big budget.

13 Ways to Create a Peaceful Home - Cozy Dog Sleeping
13 Ways to Create a Peaceful Home – Cozy Dog Sleeping

I had a long list of wants, and this time I wouldn’t settle.

Even if you don’t have your dream home yet, that doesn’t mean you have to compromise for a peaceful home.

There are some simple ways to transform any space into a more relaxing space.

Today’s world is a stressful place. All you have to do is turn on the news for a few minutes, and your mood can turn sour within minutes.

Our homes are where we can decompress and nourish ourselves to be our best selves.

It’s time to “love up” our homes just like Ms. Martha and create a peaceful home environment where we all long to live.

Why You Should Create a More Peaceful Home

1. Showcase Our Creativity

Our homes are where we can showcase our creativity, feed our family, foster better bonds with family members and friends, and relax from the challenges of the outside world.

We start and end our days in our homes, and creating a peaceful environment will help ensure a happier life.

While putting together a more peaceful home might take some time, the benefits will be worth it.

2. Rejuvenation

When your peaceful home is put together the way you want, you’ll have more energy to devote to activities you want to do, while a chaotic home can zap your enthusiasm and time.

13 Ways to Create a Peaceful Home - Photo of Window Seat with Pillows
13 Ways to Create a Peaceful Home – Cozy Nook

Peaceful Home Decor Environment 

You’ll want to decorate your home with things you and your family love.

Not too much and not too little. You should have the number of decor items that are just right for your physical space.

How do you find the right number? By playing around with your decor. See how you feel when you look at a display. Is it too busy? Too stark?

You’ll know when your living space is perfect because it will become your favorite place to be.

Creating a Cozy Life Group

Since you found this article on creating a peaceful environment, I’m guessing you like all things cozy living. I made a Facebook group, Creating a Cozy Life, with over 185,000 like-minded souls.

It’s a group where we share recipes, pictures of things that leave you in awe, ways to decorate a peaceful home and ideas on how to make your life just a little bit more snug. Join here to be part of the virtual cozy cabin.

Here’s How to Create a Peaceful Home Environment

1. Declutter Your Home

13 Ways to Create a Peaceful Home - Photo of a Cozy Kitchen
13 Ways to Create a Peaceful Home – Cozy Kitchen

While I’m not minimalist in decorating, there’s something to be said about having clutter-free rooms.

You’ll also want to ensure your storage space aren’t jammed-packed because they can create internal anxiety whenever you have to retrieve something.

When I moved across the country, I realized how many excess items I had. After emptying the house, it felt freeing to have everything gone.

In my new house, I’m way more selective of what goes into it. Everything else gets donated or sold.

Unfinished projects used to cry out for my attention every time I entered a room. Now, those unfinished projects are gone, and I can concentrate on what’s important to me. A peaceful setting spurs creativity and allows you to stay focused.

I will always be a work-in-progress regarding clutter, but I’ve learned a valuable lesson that will help me keep things more orderly.

If you’re having trouble parting with things, remember the happiness you’ll bring someone else who would treasure the item you no longer need.

Try these tips on How to Have a Tidy Home if you don’t like to clean.

2. Add Houseplants

13 Ways to Create a Peaceful Home - Photo of Houseplants, Cutting Board, Cup of Silverware
13 Ways to Create a Peaceful Home – Houseplants

I share pictures of cabins, cottages, and campers in the Cozy Living Group. A photo that includes houseplants will get the most likes.

There’s something about having indoor plants that brings a more tranquil environment to any home.

Instinctively, we crave nature. By bringing the outdoors inside, we can satisfy that craving and bring natural beauty to our surroundings.

Adding more nature indoors adds up to a more peaceful home and life.

If you have a black thumb, start with plants that need little care to survive and work your way into becoming a master gardener.

Adding fresh flowers to your home is another way to reduce your stress levels.

3. Surround yourself with things you love

Peaceful Home - Vintage Kitchen Items on a Rustic Wood Surface Relaxed Decor
Relaxed Decor – Vintage Kitchen Items

As time has gone on, my decor tastes have changed. However, there are a few things that have remained consistent.

In almost every room of my house, you will find toleware lighting, primitive furniture, pine furniture, transferware dishes, and vintage paintings.

Old paintings are one of my favorite things to collect. I love to look at the painting and imagine someone sitting down a century before me painting their masterpiece.

Most of the paintings I collect are of trees or flowers. At my desk, I have a painting with magnolia flowers and another painting of a snow-covered forest.

Finding things that bring you joy and tranquility and putting them in your peaceful home is essential today.

For me, finding treasures from a bygone era makes a house a home.

4. Create a Cozy Home

13 Ways to Create a Peaceful Home - Photo of English Cottage Pink Couch
13 Ways to Create a Peaceful Home – English Cottage Pink Couch

I love all things cozy living, so of course, this idea would be one of my suggestions.

Your couch and chairs should be so comfortable you never want to leave them. It doesn’t have to be expensive to have the best seating available.

Before I moved, I sold my antique couch because it was too big to fit into the truck.

I asked my sister to find me a new sofa because she lived in the same area where I was moving.

She found a used couch from someone who kept their home immaculate. This couch would have cost me over $2,000 to buy new, but it cost $250 instead.

You can find deals; you just have to be patient for the right piece of furniture.

Adding comfy pillows to your couch and chairs will also make the places you rest even more desirable.

5. Nourishing Food

13 Ways to Create a Peaceful Home - Photo of English Cottage Pantry
13 Ways to Create a Peaceful Home – English Cottage Pantry

When you first move into your home, organizing your kitchen becomes a priority. Finding the proper utensils, ingredients, and serving pieces immediately makes things feel like home.

The first thing I made in my new house was my English Breakfast lavender iced tea sweetened with honey. Nothing else compares to making a recipe just the way you like it in your own home.

My sister brought over take-out pizza one day, so we didn’t have to cook because we were unpacking.

One of my dogs, Bennett, had learned to opened the refrigerator at my last house and used to help himself to a snack now and then when I forgot to put something heavy in front of the fridge.

When my sister left the house, she went to the refrigerator and boxed up a few slices of pizza to take home. Bennett was obviously watching her.

I walked my sister out to her car, and when I got back, I found Bennett trying to figure out how to open up the new refrigerator and grab himself his own slice.

Bennett wanted to feel at home and have a little comfort food at the same time. I don’t blame him.

Unfortunately for Bennett, the new refrigerator is a lot harder to open, thank goodness. He’s just going to have to wait for mommy to spoil him with special treats instead.

Once I unpacked all my kitchen boxes, I spent one entire day arranging the kitchen the way I like it.

Since I moved across the country, I didn’t take a lot of food items – so I made a list of my favorite staples to have on hand.

After I stocked up my pantry, my kitchen finally felt like “mine,” with most of the ingredients I need  to make my favorite dishes.

I’m a big believer in making most food items from scratch. Not only does it taste better, but you control the ingredients that go into your food.

If you ever worked in a restaurant, you realize how much salt goes into the food you’re served in most places. No thank you.

It’s so much better for your health and budget to make your own healthy meals and freeze some of it when you lack the time.

Sitting at your dinner table with food you lovingly made for yourself and family is the perfect way to wind down the day.

Lining up my blue-tinted antique Ball jars filled with dried beans, lentils, oatmeal, and spices on my primitive kitchen side table is a welcoming sight every time I enter the kitchen.

Those blue jars give my kitchen the peaceful home touch I personally love.

6. Create “Rooms” in Your Yard

13 Ways to Create a Peaceful Home -Create Rooms in Your Yard - Photo of a Patio Table Set for Lunch
13 Ways to Create a Peaceful Home -Create Rooms in Your Yard

This idea of creating more peace at home is probably the one most overlooked.

Whether you have a large yard or a small one, you can easily create outdoor “rooms” that turn your outdoor space into your version of a heavenly peaceful setting.

It’s worth the time and energy to plan what you would like to include in your yard to lead to a more tranquil environment.

I’m crazy about herbs, so I will be adding an herb garden to my backyard.  Part of the herb garden will be my tea garden.

Adding seating areas throughout your garden will entice your family and friends to enjoy your yard more and soak up the sun and fresh air.

Rocking chairs on a porch always add more coziness to any home. I love to sit on my front porch on a rainy day.

7. Mirrors

Calm House - Mirrors Create a Peaceful Setting by Reflecting Light - Mirror on a Mantle with plants and flowers
Calm House – Mirrors Create a Peaceful Setting by Reflecting Light

Mirrors add magic to any room.

They can make an area seem more light and airy, bring nature indoors by reflecting the outdoors through windows, and candlelight dancing in front of a mirror is breathtaking.

I’m a sucker for antique mirrors.  There’s something about a chippy frame paired with a time-worn mirror that adds beauty to any room it graces.

Feng Shui experts recommend placing mirrors opposite beautiful views.  You want to be mindful of where you position a mirror.  Reflecting on a cluttered desk or corner of the room isn’t the best use of your mirror.

You could also use mirrored vanity trays dotted throughout your home to reflect candlelight or a small vase of roses.

8. Bedroom Sanctuary

Creating a Harmonious Room with Natural Views and Neutral Colors
Creating a Harmonious Room with Natural Views and Neutral Colors

The definition of a serene environment varies from person to person.  We all like different things.

There are some factors for creating a peaceful home bedroom that most of us love.  Your bed is an investment that will pay you back in spades.

Make sure your bedding is also comfortable.  Natural materials like high-quality cotton sheets will reward you every night. Adding a blanket at the end of the bed in case you get chilled looks cozy and is convenient at the same time.

Try to make your bed every day.  I’ve started doing this without fail, and it does make a difference in creating a sense of peace.

Not getting enough rest can disrupt your entire life and even alter your personality.  Making sure your bedroom is a cozy retreat from the world is something that should be a priority.

Whether you like a minimalist look or lean towards a room filled with things you love – getting the basics down for a restful bedroom is easy.

Having the right bedside tables will allow you the space to put your beverages, place the right lamps for reading easier, and even someplace to rest your book when you’re ready to go to sleep.

I used to have a side table that was the wrong height, but I used it anyway because it looked good.

When I finally found the perfect side tables at the right level, I realized how annoying the other one was to have.

Make sure you don’t clutter up the tables because that will cause you anxiety.

You only want to place things on the side table that help you relax after a long day.  A special photo that tugs at your heart is the perfect accessory for your nightstand.

The color of your walls should be something that soothes your soul.

I opted for white walls because my primitive furniture gives my room accents of color in the soothing shades of pale green and blue.

If you want to paint your walls, blue or green are good choices because they have been scientifically proven to relax you. You can paint the entire room, or just one wall a different color.

Make sure you pick the colors you want to decorate with a restful night’s sleep in mind.

For more ideas on creating a restful sleep Cozy Hygge Bedtime Rituals to Try Tonight will give you some suggestions.

Keeping electronics out of your bedroom will help you wind down.

The last thing you want to do is turn on the news before drifting off to sleep, so use your bedroom to decompress by reading or journaling for peaceful dreams.

How to Create a Hygge Bedroom You’ll Never Want to Leave will give you even more ideas on making your bedroom a sanctuary.

9. Aromatherapy

Calm Room Decor - Aromatherapy for Peaceful Settings - Lavender
Calm Room Decor – Aromatherapy for Peaceful Settings

Bringing the scents that soothe your nerves is easy to add to your environment.  Isn’t it amazing that the whiff of one scent can bring back a happy memory instantly?

One of our family’s next-door neighbors had a large lilac bush.  Whenever I smell lilacs, it instantly transports me to my childhood home.

Think about how much power you have, creating a relaxing environment with the perfect scents.

Adding aromatherapy can be done to create a peaceful home with diffusers, scented candles, sprigs of dried herbs tied with string, using cleaning sprays with essential oils, and even simmering potpourri on your stove.

You can change the scents to complement the seasons, or just use your favorite smells to compliment every room.

I love this article on The Science of Scent:  How to Strategically Influence Your Brain.  

Another way of using aromatherapy in and around your home is by having fragrant flowers and plants near your doors.

When I walked through the pathway of my old house, my leg always brushed against my lavender plant and released its fragrance.

I use essential oils in my homemade cleaning supplies. It’s my favorite way to suggest adding joy to cleaning routines. For more ideas on adding cozy elements to your tidy home plan, check out this post.

How about making your own DIY Lavender Linen Spray? You can find out how here.  

10. Use sound to create a more tranquil environment.  

Peaceful Aesthetic - Garden Water Fountain Bubbling with Water
Peaceful Aesthetic – Garden Water Fountain Bubbling with Water

Sound is another way to create a peaceful home.

When I left my house the other morning, I heard the crowing of a rooster near my home.

While driving out of my neighborhood, I finally found the house that had the chickens and rooster.

The chickens were free-ranging in the front yard of a cute brick home.

Some people might be annoyed at the sound of a rooster crowing, I happen to love hearing them.  It could be that I’ve turned into an early bird.

Most people immediately think of music when they think about using sound as a calming ingredient to a comfortable life.

While playing your favorite music is a great way to invite your mind to relax for a while; it’s not the only way to invite calm into your home.

The gurgling sound of water from a garden or indoor fountain will soothe any weary soul and instantly create that peaceful home feeling.

I also love the sound of wind chimes dancing in the breeze and the creak of a front porch door.

How about the whistling of a tea kettle?  That sound means instant relaxation for me.

11. Lighting

Calm Interior Design - Serene Environment with Pitcher of Orange Juice and Vase with flowers
Calm Interior Design – Serene Environment for Breakfast

Natural light is such an essential part of well-being.  You’ll want to make sure you don’t obstruct your windows as much as possible to let the sunlight stream through.

Keeping your windows sparkling clean will make everything shine a little bit more.  I like to have light and airy curtains on my windows because they are the jewels of my house.

I’m fortunate that most of my windows give a view of the trees that surround my cottage.

If any of your windows showcase a gorgeous scene, make sure you let them be the shining star in your rooms.

Don’t clutter the windowsills with knick-knacks, or place furniture that blocks them.

Since I get up most mornings before the sun shines, I don’t need blackout curtains, but you may want to have those if you have a hard time sleeping with the light.

Having an adequate number of lamps in your rooms is a process of fine-tuning your needs.

I had canned lighting installed in my living room and kitchen, so I didn’t have to worry about being able to see during the winter months. They have a dimmer switches, so I can also change the rooms to the right atmosphere.

Italian toleware lamps and chandeliers are some of the vintage items I collect. Interior designers love to use vintage lighting throughout the whole home to give it character.

Time-worn treasures seem to warm any room, so finding vintage lighting that appeals to you is worth the effort.  Just make sure the wiring on the lamp is safe.

Dotted throughout my new home are teacup nightlights that create a beautiful accent to light the way throughout the downstairs area.

Taking fairy lights and putting them in clear vases is also a beautiful way to add a warming glow to any room.

Of course, there are also candles.  Oodles and oodles of candles.  I use both battery-operated and real candles.  They add so much ambiance to create a perfect peaceful home.

12. Cozy Fireplace

Cozy Fireplace Creates a Peaceful Aesthetic
Cozy Fireplace Creates a Peaceful Aesthetic

A fireplace is the very definition of cozy living.  There’s something so grounding about sitting in front of a fire and watching the flames on a cold winter’s night.

Even if you don’t have a fireplace, you can buy an electric fireplace and add it to any room that needs a little warmth.

On YouTube, you can even watch 12 hours straight of relaxing fireplace sounds like the crackling of the wood-burning.

Sometimes I put it on in the summer months because I love my fireplace so much.

One of the people watching the video said she was reading a book with her cat on her lap, and it was the perfect end to a trying day.

13. Create a Sweet Nook

Peaceful Houses - Cozy Desk Area with Natural Light
Peaceful Houses – Cozy Desk Area with Natural Light

We all want to carve out our very own space in the world.  Your peaceful home should have one corner of it dedicated to you.

Whether that means having your small writing desk or a comfortable chair with your books and knitting standing by, you should have a place to relax whenever the world gets to be too much.

I know someone with a tiny peaceful home, but she wanted a spot in the house to write the novel she always dreamed about writing.

She turned a small closet into her writing nook, and it felt like a luxurious office.

It was a place where she could tap into her creative side and start a dream she had on the back-burner.

We all deserve a more peaceful existence, and that starts with a peaceful home.  Think of this as your beginner’s guide to creating the right atmosphere. I hope you enjoyed it.

Let me know in the comments below how you liked the 13 Tips for a More Peaceful Home post and ideas you wish to include to create a calmer environment.

Make sure you join our Creating a Cozy Life – Hygge Style Facebook group.  You’re not going to believe how amazing it is.  Join here to be part of the virtual cozy cabin.

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Suzanne Law

Saturday 27th of January 2024

Great ideas for a peaceful home. I found a fountain sounds video on YouTube just now and plan to implement some of the other ideas today. I always enjoy your articles when I come across them on Pinterest. Keep on writing!

Kelly Morse

Sunday 28th of January 2024

Thank you so much Suzanne! I appreciate you letting me know.- Kelly

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