Styled, Staged & Sold

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Stage a Space as a Calming Retreat

As the wellness trend gains popularity, more homeowners are looking at their properties through a new lens: a place to de-stress. "Mindful living" is a big trend for 2020, says Rebecca Snowden, interior style adviser at "The mindful living movement focuses on elevating our quality of life to ensure your home is somewhere you can go to unwind, relax, and refocus," she says.

Snowden offers the following three style tips for designing a home that's focused on mindful living. 

1. Clean and calm neutral palette

A bedroom showing neutral colored accents and furniture

Photo credit: Denver / White Wooden Double Bed /

Introduce a quality of softness into the home. "Ultimately, the goal is to create a personal haven you'll love going home to relax in," Snowden says. For example, in the bedroom, a white wooden bed mixed with neutrals in varying tones adds interest and depth. Snowden suggests colors like white, soft gray, and "greige"—a blend of gray and beige. Also, select comfortable bedding with minimal prints to give an uncluttered, restful vibe. "Where possible, go with furniture that features curves and organic lines instead of sharp, straight edges," she adds.

2. Nurturing nature

Green house plants accent a wicker, white and gray colored living room with chairs couch and lamp.

Photo credit: Harlow / Dove Grey 2 Seater Sofa /

Surround the room in plants to add to the inviting look. "Choose a mixture of large and small greenery, including varieties that help clean the air," Snowden suggests. "Leafy, trailing plants also inject a little wildness to create a tropical-inspired ambience." Plus, plants can make the air fresher. Snowden also recommends picking furnishings that are made from materials like wood, rattan, or clay. "The warmth and rawness of their surfaces contribute to a design that has a soothing, back-to-nature vibe," she says. 

3. A corner for conscious relaxation

A light colored corner of a room with throw pillows on the floor, a desk and chair, accented by potted green house plants.

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Stage a corner of a room for ultimate relaxation. "A little nook will do," Snowden says. For example, consider making the space just large enough for a yoga mat or thick rug. For a home office, "if you have a work desk at home, it's a good idea to carve out a 'Zen zone' within the same room for quick stretch breaks," she says. Style the space in light hues, and include plenty of plants. Also, try to incorporate as much natural daylight as you can, she recommends.


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