23 zen design tips that will make your space way more chill

There are 23 zen design tips to make your space  chill:

 

  1. Stop buying flowers — get succulents instead.

Being faced with a half-dead orchid every month is just sad and stressful. “Flowers die quickly and easily collect dust and allergens,” says Pollack. But succulents are super simple and low-maintenance, and they can even help purify the air in your home, Deleon adds.

  1. Get a welcome mat that makes you smile and keeps out the dirt.

 

  1. Mount little smartphone holders in your living room and bedroom so you never lose your phone in the couch again.

 

The anxious searching ends now. Deleon suggests using these sleek, easy wall holders to keep your phone in reach, safe, and dry.

  1. Get one big candle that’ll last forever instead of scattering little ones all over the place.

Candles are dust collectors, says Pollack. And littering your place with 12 vanilla-scented votives isn’t making you any more chill. Instead, choose two big candles that don’t have overbearing scents and put one in the bedroom and living room

 

Candles are dust collectors, says Pollack. And littering your place with 12 vanilla-scented votives isn’t making you any more chill. Instead, choose two big candles that don’t have overbearing scents and put one in the bedroom and living room.

 

  1. Group all your art and photographs into a “gallery wall” display.

 

“Consolidating your art into one wall or area helps your entire room look less busy and cluttered,” Pollack says. It never hurts to have too much blank, free space on your walls.

  1. Add a few agates and geodes for a subtle pop of color.

Bringing in ~nature~ is very chill. Plus, agates make a beautiful contrast to earthy, neutral tones, says Deleon.

 

Bringing in ~nature~ is very chill. Plus, agates make a beautiful contrast to earthy, neutral tones, says Deleon.

  1. Buy a shadow box to house all those random little knickknacks that are all over the place.

 

“Your room will feel much more calm and organized if you arrange all the loose trinkets and knickknacks you can’t get rid of into one designated space,” Pollack says.

 

  1. Get a set of matching hangers like an actual adult.

 

“The more random, mismatched hangers in your closet, the more ‘white noise,”’ says Pollack. So ditch all those plastic, half-broken store hangers for some sleek and matching ones.

 

  1. Choose a calming color palette for your walls and decor.

 

The experts suggest creamy earth tones and cool colors like blues and greens to maximize your chill.

  1. Or keep your walls a basic, clean white.

If you aren’t sure which color to paint your walls, Pollack suggests keeping them white, which always looks less busy and gives you more flexibility with decorating.

 

If you aren’t sure which color to paint your walls, Pollack suggests keeping them white, which always looks less busy and gives you more flexibility with decorating.

  1. Decorate with earth tones and natural wood accents.

“Not only do they expand the space, but they also create a soothing, relaxed vibe” says Deleon.

 

“Not only do they expand the space, but they also create a soothing, relaxed vibe,” says Deleon.

  1. Or give your plain furniture a DIY rustic wood makeover.

 

Here’s how to change up your mirror and shelves.

  1. Invest in at least one ridiculously luxe blanket for your bed.

Wrapping yourself up in something insanely comfy is super soothing — whether you’re sick, stressed, or just want to veg. You should probably aim to spend at least $50 on a good faux fur blanket, Deleon suggests, but don’t feel bad splurging on something between $75 and $200. This one’s available from Urban Outfitters for $179.

 

Wrapping yourself up in something insanely comfy is super soothing — whether you’re sick, stressed, or just want to veg. You should probably aim to spend at least $50 on a good faux fur blanket, Deleon suggests, but don’t feel bad splurging on something between $75 and $200.

 

  1. And add a cozy throw to your couch that everyone will want to nap on.
  2. Store everything under or in your nightstand — not on top of it.

Since your nightstand is right next to where you sleep, Pollack suggests keeping it as clutter-free as possible. “Keep a nice lamp, your book, and a glass of water out, then store everything else below,” she says.

  1. Or hide a power strip in your bedside drawer so your gadgets are hidden away while you’re charging at night.

Most nightstands have a gap in the back where you can sneak this in.

  1. Hang gauzy curtains and roll up the blinds during the day to flood your rooms with natural light.

 

Find gauze curtains in a few different colors here, or try making the easy and cheap DIY version.

  1. Or hang a dreamy tapestry.
  2. Add some cozy floor and table lamps to your bedroom for customizable mood lighting.

 

“Try to minimize using the harsh overhead light by adding lamps,” says Pollack. Having multiple small light sources in a room also allows you to make the lighting as bright or dim as you’d like.

 

  1. Make your junk drawers slightly less insane with dividers.

This way you won’t spend 20 minutes searching for superglue in a literal emergency. Get drawer organizers from Amazon for $10.39.

This way you won’t spend 20 minutes searching for superglue in a literal emergency.

 

  1. Use essential oil diffusers to give your space a calming scent.

Deleon suggests lavender for the bedroom to help you relax and sleep. Another popular scent for the home is lotus, and probably anything works for your smelly bathroom.

 

  1. Keep the least amount of stuff possible on your desk. Seriously.

It might seem like you are making things easier on yourself  but you are subconsciously stressing yourself out. Once a week, throw out any notes, files, business cards, etc. that you ‘ll never need again, says Deleon. For the rest of the stuff, file it away in bins or binders and keep most of those off your desk.

 

It might seem like you’re making things easier on yourself (“It’s an organized mess!”) but you’re subconsciously stressing yourself out. Once a week, throw out any notes, files, business cards, etc. that you’ll never need again, says Deleon. For the rest of the stuff, file it away in bins or binders and keep most of those off your desk.

  1. Make your entryway organized AF so your mornings are a little less chaotic.

“Having your keys, purse, and coat at the door will save you a lot of time and stress,” says Pollack