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    20 Affordable Ways To Turn Your Home Into A Space Built For Relaxation

    Hint: bring a bit of nature into your space.

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    1. Spruce up your plain pillows with these brightly colored pillow covers so you can comfortably crash into your couch for quick naps. Plus, having a splash of color in an otherwise bland or monochrome room can give your mood a bit of a boost.

    Two coral colored pillows and a rust colored pillow
    LovelyHomeIdea / Etsy

    Get it from LovelyHomeIdea on Etsy for $22.46+ (available in 28 sizes and 23 colors).

    2. Throw down a plush, textured rug for a warming sensation every time you walk across it. This faux sheepskin rug'll give you a warm and fuzzy feeling from your toes to your nose.

    A small, asymmetrical sheepskin-shaped rug with white faux fur

    Promising review: "LOVE IT!!! I have this is my closet which is a small walk in and it sits perfectly in the center for me and I stand there barefoot and relax as I decide on what to wear. It makes my closet my place of zen! I think I want a bigger one for my fireplace. Very pleased with my order." —Devoria

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in six sizes and 19 colors).

    3. Literally surround yourself in relaxing vibes by decorating your home with a peel-and-stick wallpaper that comforts you.

    The dark emerald green wallpaper with white and pink floral and leaf designs

    Promising review: "I decided to use as a contact paper to cover my boring dresser and nightstand and it came out perfect. I’m super satisfied with how it turned out, I am obsessed." —Rhyan Zeek

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    4. Create a space that smells soothing with an aromatherapy spray mixed with a blend of lavender and chamomile essential oils. Spritz it on your pillows, on your couch, or just into the air so you can slowly feel the calm.

    A spray bottle of the product

    Promising review: "I really love this product! I was always in a bad mood and got mad easily, but ever since I found this product, my mood is so much better. I use it three to four times a day and just let the scent stay with me. I can now relax and fall asleep more easily." —Joy Holcomb

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in six scents and as a variety pack).

    5. Roll out a yoga mat to give yourself a space where you can take a break to stretch or try a few yoga poses when you're feeling stressed. This mat has alignment lines to help you with your stretches.

    A model posing on the mat, which has markings for guiding poses

    Promising review: "I got my 200-hour yoga teacher certification in January so I have quite a few yoga mats but I always worry that my alignment is off, which takes me away from my focus on breath and really distracts me from the purpose of yoga. This mat is really affordable and its alignment lines have made my yoga practice much more fluid. It takes me out of my head and keeps me grounded in my practice!" —danielle

    Get it from Amazon for $23.75+ (available in five colors).

    6. Give your room a welcoming glow with this Himalayan salt lamp — it'll practically beg you to relax.

    The lamp emitting an orange-pink glow

    Promising review: "I will admit that I did what others have done — I licked my finger and taste-tested the lamp. Yup, it is real salt, and yes, I encouraged all the recipients of the lamps to do the same. Each lamp was stunningly unique; the shape, color, and even the lines that ran through the lamps made sure that no two were alike. The glowing light that emanates from the salt lamp is soothing and the dimming aspect makes it even more so!" —CoopStew

    Get it from Amazon for $19.79+ (available in two colors).

    7. Mimic the soothing sounds of trickling water using a tabletop fountain. When you check your inbox and a tide of annoying emails wash over you, one look at this fountain will just remind you to breathe. Plus, it's compact enough to fit on a small table or desk.

    A three-tier fountain with a bowl-shaped base

    Promising review: "This is a great tabletop fountain! We added some pebbles to the base and it looks so cute. It makes our bathroom very zen. The turning ball and light along with the water sounds are soothing. Great product for the price!!" —Cherie Koenig

    Get it from Amazon for $34.29+ (available in three sizes and three colors).

    8. Create some cozy lighting with a set of tealight candles. They'll do the trick for getting you into a comfy, calm mindset whether you're just relaxing or going through any other self-care routine you have.

    The small, circular tealight candles in small individual pans

    Promising review: "This is my FOURTH box from Zion Judaica. I go through a lot of tea candles. Candles are one of my nightly indulgence rituals. Having tried numerous providers of tea candles, the tea candles from ZJ are simply the best. Out of 375 candles, I have yet to experience a dud. I hope to be ordering these tea candles for the next 20 years." —MarkDS

    Get a pack of 120 from Amazon for $10.99+ (also available in packs of 200).

    9. Or allow the soothing smell of lavender to lull your mind into a state of peace with this scented candle.

    The candle jar with tiny lavender petals next to it
    ZenCandleCoUS / Etsy

    Get it from ZenCandleCoUS for $5+ (available in three sizes and as a set of those three sizes).

    10. Breathe new life into your living room with a new houseplant or two. Simply touching or smelling indoor plants can reduce stress and help you feel calmer.

    The marble queen pothos plant in a pink pot
    The Sill

    Get it from The Sill for $37+ (available in two sizes, five planter styles, and six planter colors).

    11. Release a calm, relaxing aroma throughout your living room using an essential oil diffuser. It's my personal favorite method for creating an environment that'll help me clear my mind enough to let me focus on any tasks at hand.

    The diffuser on a table top emitting steam

    I originally got this diffuser for my mom as a birthday gift, but it's become a family favorite. I like plugging it in the living room and having the essential oils steam through the air while I work. It definitely helps relax my mind and makes me feel calmer. It's a nice little way to help me get in the zone for tackling tasks.

    BTW, don't forget to get a pack of six essential oils to use with your diffuser. I love this particular set because the orange scent gives my whole living room a perfect, sweet citrus smell.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in three colors).

    12. Keep your desk clutter-free with desk shelves. Random books and magazines strewn all about can create a chaotic desk, which can make your mind feel a little chaotic as well. Give yourself all the clear space you may need.

    The shelves on a desk organizing books and magazines

    Promising review: "I love this! My desk was so messy and unorganized. I mainly used it to get ready but needed an office space so I found this awesome organizer and now I can get ready and have room for work or study." —Synergy

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three colors).

    13. And don't forget about managing stray pens and pencils — this elephant desk organizer will do the trick. Plus, wouldn't it be nice to be able to quickly grab a pen when you need one instead of turning your table upside down looking for one?

    The elephant-shaped organizer holding a phone and several pencils

    Promising review: "This little guy is super cute. Also easy to assemble and sturdy. There are no unpleasant surprises here, it's exactly what it looks like in the pictures. My desk is now a happier and brighter place at work." —Merry

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in four designs).

    14. Kick back in a cushioned foldable recliner so you can go from sitting upright to leaning back and still feel like you're floating in comfort. It's perfect for sitting in while you read, play games, watch TV, or just nap.

    A reviewer showing the cushioned, leg-less chair propped against a wall

    Promising review: "This is perfect for relaxing in front of the fireplace. It's easy to store away under the sofa or in the closet." —Moonlitfirefly

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in six colors).

    15. Control clutter with these fabric storage bins. A clear space can help encourage a clear mind. Plus, you'll leave yourself with more space for the items that bring you joy.

    A reviewer showing six cube-shaped tote baskets on their shelves

    Promising review: "These make my room look neater because I put them on a shelf and can put all the junk in there that I don't know what to do with. They fit my shelf perfectly. I will definitely be buying some more." —Brooklyn

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $16.79+ (available in two sizes and four colors).

    16. Turn your couch into your own personal snuggle space with a super soft throw blanket. And if you keep it draped over your couch, it works as a cute accent piece.

    The yellow fleece textured blanket with small pom poms on the edges draped over a chair

    Promising review: "It's nice and cozy to grab when relaxing on the couch with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. The little tassels can get a little annoying if they get underneath your leg or compressed by your body somehow, but it's just the styling." —Brick

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in five sizes and 16 colors).

    17. Create a super cozy vibe by hanging up some string lights in any space. The dim lighting will get you ready to retire under the covers and tune into your favorite Netflix show for the remainder of the evening.

    A reviewer showing the string lights hanged in rows above a bed

    Promising review: "Perfect!! I love how bright and beautiful the little lights are! And I love that this is a plug in light system. Most twinkle lights I’ve bought are battery powered. So that was a nice change!" —Sunshine Gal

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in three plug options).

    18. Station a nighttime table right by your bed where you can place your favorite products to relax your mind into a slumber. Gratitude journal, a salt lamp, a sleep mask — the possibilities are endless!

    A white circular table with hollow legs

    Promising review: "Wow, I love this table. It is very simple so I wasn’t expecting much out of it, but wow does it look beautiful when set up! Assembly was a breeze (literally five minutes and I am terrible setting up most furniture). It looks simple but elegant and also can support quite a bit of weight ( I tested it by putting a big box on it by mistake). It goes really well with other white and wood furniture." —C. Kirk

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99+ (available in two sizes).

    19. Put your happy memories front and center with a gallery style photo frame set. This way, you'll feel a rush of positivity every time you look at 'em.

    A set of differently sized and oriented photo frames on a wall

    Promising review: "I bought this as a housewarming gift to my sister and it definitely came as expected! Easy to put pictures in, different sizes and so many ways to organize them on the wall based on the room! I would buy it again as housewarming gift!" —Princess

    Get a set of 12 from Amazon for $33.99.

    20. Play some soothing tunes in the background with a mini Bluetooth speaker. After all, it's hard to be in a bad mood when your favorite songs are playing in the background.

    A reviewer showing the small circular speaker next to a laptop

    Promising review: "This little thing is so clear and loud! I can’t believe it’s so inexpensive. I play music while I shower and I can still easily hear it even when in the shower. And it’s sleek and expensive looking! Love this thing!" —KatherineV

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in eight colors).

    21. And, bring more of those calming, cozy elements of nature into your home with a pair of reclaimed wood coffee tables.

    Two differently sized circular wooden tables with irregular edges and steel legs
    EloiseOdetta / Etsy

    They're handmade of reclaimed wood, and every one is somewhat unique!

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these tables. The rough finish, the shape! They do look like they should cost at least double the price." —Kat

    Get it from EloiseOdetta on Etsy for $203.09.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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