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Seven steps to a tranquil home

Thinking of updating your home for the autumn? This is the perfect opportunity to transform it into an oasis of calm where you can unwind and escape the daily grind. A few tips - and some fabulous products from Sainsbury's new Harmony homeware collection - will help you create a tranquil space to call your own.

First off, declutter. Recycle what can't be salvaged, donate whatever you don't use regularly and tidy the rest away in stylish chests or storage baskets.

Once your home is jumble-free, it's time to turn it into your own private retreat. Set the right mood with sophisticated but restful colours. Think relaxing neutral tones such as cream, white and dove grey, brightened by metallic accents. 

Keep your decorative scheme simple - a busy room can be distracting or even unnerving. Pair comfortable furniture with some key statement pieces that provide visual focus. Plump cushions, plush throws and thick rugs not only add warmth and texture to your space, but also absorb sounds - perfect to help you relax and recharge.

Choose clean lines and subtle patterns for your accessories: Sainsbury's has a range of sleek ceramic vases with a delicate diamond pattern that's high on style but low on fuss. Plants, flower arrangements or simply prints of trees, blossoms and nature scenes also help create a sense of peace.

Don't forget lighting as it is crucial for a truly calming atmosphere. Opt for elegant pendants, lamps and lanterns in natural materials and go for a soft, diffused scheme, with the odd spotlight strategically placed where you need more brightness.

Of course, candles are the ultimate accessories for a serene home. Mix and match slender taper candles with chunky pillars and wax-filled jars for a display that's as pretty as it is soothing.

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