3 Subtle Décor Choices That Are (Subconsciously) Stressing You Out

Kelsey Clark

Your home is not just an expression of your personal style; your surroundings have the power to influence your mood and promote calm or chaos. Considering the fact that most of your day is spent in an office, your home should ideally be a respite from the stresses of modern life. But as Elle Décor points out, a few innocuous design errors can undermine those efforts. Below, read up on the subtle décor choices that may be stressing you out at home:

Adding too many throw pillows: A violation of the simple idea that less is more, cluttering your bed or couch with too many decorations can actually make you feel stressed. This idea is substantiated by a UCLA study that found clutter in the home can actually elevate your stress hormone cortisol, which in turn can lead to overeating and insomnia.

Using too many prints: While we're not against maximalism, using too many stimulating prints in one space can make it difficult for you to mentally unwind. Elle Décor recommend sticking to the 60-30-10 rule: Your dominant print can take up 60% of the space, the secondary 30%, and the accent print only 10%.

Painting your walls "loud" colors: While some colors are scientifically proven to promote serenity (hello, blue and white), others like red and yellow can actually do the opposite. Keep this in mind when selecting a color palette for your home (especially for the bedrooms).

Head over to Elle Décor for more stress-inducing design mistakes, and share your two cents in the comments below!

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