When life feels chaotic — filled with too many smartphone notifications, stresses at work, and interpersonal problems — it can be easy to go into full-on meltdown mode. Unplugging isn’t always an option, and we’d be kidding ourselves if we believed the kids would let us check out for a second. Getting some serenity seems nearly impossible. But what if the design of our homes could actually help us to navigate life’s bumpy roads? CafeMom has consulted design and meditation experts on how to build a tranquil sanctuary at home: an essential step to leading a calmer and more relaxed lifestyle.

Before one can get to relaxing, achieving zen requires a smidgen of work. Designing a home that doubles as a sanctuary means that everything — from paint color to furniture texture and even how our junk is stored — should be taken into consideration. 

“What we want to do in any room of the home is engage our senses in a way that will feel peaceful,” Lisa Melone Cloughen, an interior designer/yogi and owner of Melone Cloughen Interiors, Inc. told CafeMom. “Create peace on the outside so we can internalize that peace.”

Keep scrolling to discover 20 design and decor tips for creating a sanctuary at home from Melone Cloughen; Joy Rains, author of “Meditation Illuminated: Simple Ways to Manage Your Busy Mind” and Mina Fies, CEO of Synergy Design & Construction. Remember, zen enthusiasts: our inner tranquility should match the curtains and knick knacks!