Interior design expert Ryan McDonough at has created this list of tips on how to transform your home into a sanctuary for self-care.

Create a Beautiful, Welcoming Entryway

When you enter your home, you want to feel like you’re entering a beautiful, welcoming, and safe space. If the entrance to your home is cluttered and chaotic, you’re instantly going to feel anxious and stressed when you enter your home. Instead, you want to ensure you feel calm, relaxed, and happy when entering your home. Take a look at your entrance hall to see if there is anything you can do to make it feel more welcoming. Consider adding some fresh flowers to the space, a cosy rug or runner, and invest in some handy storage solutions to ensure the space remains tidy at all times.

Make Use of Candles

Candles work well in every room of the home. They help to add a warm glow to the space as well as a beautiful scent and calming feeling. Choose simple white candles for the least amount of visual clutter and opt for soothing scents such as vanilla, rose, and lavender. Although candles are great in every room, you shouldn’t light them in every room at once as this could be dangerous. You should never leave a candle unattended as it poses a fire hazard. Instead, just light a candle in the room where you are spending your time.

Add Some Fresh Flowers and Living Plants

Adding flowers to your home can have a huge visual and aromatic impact. In addition, having live plants in the home has been proven to improve mental health and well-being. Some plants are brilliant at removing allergens from the air, helping to improve your physical health. Try to add some live plants and fresh flowers in various areas of the home. Greenery adds a natural element to your home, which can be very relaxing and calming.

Make Sure Your Windows Are Clean

Keeping your windows clean is very important, and not just because they look much better that way. Natural light is one of the most important things if you want to make your home feel more like a gorgeous sanctuary. The more natural light you can invite into your home, the brighter and more inviting your home will feel. This is where cleaning your windows come in. If your windows are squeaky clean, more natural light will be able to enter your home.

Choose Calming Soothing Colours

When choosing the décor colours for your home, you want to make sure you’re making the right choices. Avoid using bright and bold colours, as these can be too overstimulating and may become overwhelming. Instead, you want to choose calming colours such as grey, white, or blue. When choosing patterns and style elements, consider natural stylings such as biophilic designs, rattan aspects, and natural materials such as stone, marble, and wood.

Declutter Your Space

A cluttered space is going to evoke the opposite of a peaceful and relaxing environment. With that in mind, it’s time to take a look around your home and find things that you no longer want or use. Get rid of anything that doesn’t bring joy, and then organise, organise, organise! Invest in some practical and aesthetically pleasing storage solutions so that everything you own has a place. Once you’ve got rid of all the clutter, your home will feel free, and it will instantly feel like a more positive space.

Add Some Cosy Elements

If you want to feel relaxed and comfortable in your home, then cosy elements are a must. Whether it’s throw pillows, blankets, or fluffy rugs, be sure to stock up. Any spot that you use for lounging or reclining in the home should have a comfortable, soft throw for you to curl up in. The cosier your home feels, the easier it will be for you to relax and take care of yourself.

Get Some Fresh Bath Towels

If your current towels are quite rough or old, consider investing in some new, soft towels. Go for XL bath sheets for the ultimate luxurious experience. The larger the towel, the more comfortable it is. You want to be able to wrap yourself up in your towel completely. This can help to elevate your bathing experience.

Choose The Right Showerhead

If you’re more of a shower person, it’s important to choose the right showerhead. Changing your showerhead can completely elevate your entire showering experience. Consider a massage showerhead for the ultimate spa-like experience. Alternatively, choose a rainfall shower if you’re looking for an incredibly relaxing and luxurious showering experience.

Add Some Natural Elements To Your Décor

Natural elements are important for creating a sanctuary-style atmosphere. Natural elements can help you feel more in tune with the world and your surroundings. Things like stone, marble, plants, wood, and anything else natural can improve your home décor and make your home much more aesthetically pleasing. There are many ways in which you can add natural elements to your home. Whether it’s a natural stone floor, marble countertops, or real wooden furniture, the options are limitless. Take a look around your home and consider how you can incorporate more nature into your décor.

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Joanne is the editor for Workplace Wellbeing Professional and has a keen interest in promoting the safety and wellbeing of the global workforce. After earning a bachelor's degree in English literature and media studies, she taught English in China and Vietnam for two years. Before joining Work Well Pro, Joanne worked as a marketing coordinator for luxury property, where her responsibilities included blog writing, photography, and video creation.