Create a Calming Space in 4 Simple Steps

In a complicated world, it is nice to come home to a relaxing space that exudes elegant simplicity. Yet many people still stress out about decorating their apartment and overcomplicate the process. You can achieve a Zen-like atmosphere by incorporating a few of the same techniques that professional designers use to make the most of the space that you have.

  1. Choose a Focal Point. Take a good look at your space and decide what you want to emphasize. It could be an architectural feature such as a fireplace or a large picture window, or you can create your own focal point by color blocking a wall or grouping a collection of photographs.
  2. Emphasize the Unique. Once you have decided on a focal point, decorate your space in a way that draws attention to the feature. Choose furnishings and accessories with clean lines that are in proportion with the focal point, allowing it to speak for itself. For instance, using floor to ceiling window treatments will give the illusion of height to a standard ceiling and draw attention to a window with a view.
  3. Decorate With Daylight. Natural light has a positive effect on human health and happiness. Even if you don’t have an apartment with southern exposure, you can use clear furnishings to reflect the light and create a more pleasing environment.  Acrylic dining sets are quickly becoming a staple in small space design for this reason. Hanging a large mirror across from a window is another popular way to decorate with daylight. An added bonus: using clear furnishings makes the space appear larger.
  4. Get Creative to Conceal Clutter. Perhaps the single most important thing you can when decorating to reduce stress is to conceal clutter—something easier said than done when space is at a premium. It isn’t an impossible task, however. A few tricks of the trade include:
  • Hanging narrow shelving above a desk or in a bathroom to store items
  • Placing a shallow cabinet in the entryway to stash shoes that won’t fit in the closet
  • Skirting a sofa table with lux fabric to hide storage beneath
  • Placing furniture at angles in corners of rooms to allow storage behind

Interior design doesn’t  have to be complicated. Follow these simple steps to create a space that is both functional and tranquil.

If you have any design ideas of your own, be sure to share them by posting a comment.


Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

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