New year, new you—so does the adage go. But what about your home? This year, infuse your space with healing energy that will give off good vibes year around. It’s easy to roll your eyes at the unsightly piles in your closet or complain about that old ottoman that reminds you of an ex. Now is the perfect time to build a solid foundation for interior design that makes you feel good. It’s time to clear out anything that is dragging you down—both physically and mentally.
Before you get started on a design rehab, also think about the folks you’ll invite over. “People make the place, so be sure to surround yourself with the ones that make you feel good,” says Victoria Ninette of Victoria Ninette Interior Design in Long Island. “You can be in the most stunning beautiful space, but if you’re surrounded by people that don’t make you feel good, then it doesn’t really matter where you are or what you’re doing.”
Company aside, healing experts emphasize that cleansing the energy in your home can make you feel safer and more ready to embrace day-to-day challenges. “Start by taking some time to reflect,” recommends Lindsey Banis, a healing specialist at Miraval Arizona, a wellness resort in Tucson. “Perhaps ponder, wonder, ask yourself what each room in your home means to you, what type of energy do you want each room to hold that best serves you and your family.” Even if you’re skeptical of crystals, it might be worth trying them out. You don’t have to be obvious about it or build some sort of shrine, but something like rose quartz bookends can be incorporated into your home office design. Or create a calming space in your entryway. “If you don’t know where to start, or the thought of doing everything at once seems overwhelming, think about the place you spend the most time [in],” Ninette recommends. “What’s one thing you can do to make it feel better?” Here, six lessons from experts and designers on how to bring healing energy into your interiors