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How to Decorate Spiritually
By:Melly Parker

Decorate a space spiritually to visually display an aspect of your life that has great meaning. All spiritual decoration doesn't have to be about figurines or paintings -- use many inspirations to create a pleasing spiritual space. Whether you want to use the space to practice your form of spirituality or you simply want to bring a hint of it into a space you use for other purposes, creating a spiritual space may help awaken your mind and body.

Look for paintings, statues and other memorabilia that reflect your spiritual outlook. If your spirituality hinges on belief in a deity, a picture of the god you worship or a photograph of a holy place may be one way to center the room. If your spirituality centers on nature, inner peace or any other concept, find a picture, statue or piece of art that moves you.

Look at the colors in your focal point and use them as the main colors in the room. If you selected a photo that has an ocean -- such as one that reflects the popular Christian story about a man walking with God on a beach -- you might choose soft yellows and blues for your room. If you selected a piece of abstract art with wild greens and reds, choose one color to focus on and let the other stand as a contrast to the rest of the room.

Bring in plants that have a high rate of oxygen release. It will promote good air quality and help you keep the room clean, thoughtful and alive. Deborah L. Brown, a horticulturist with the University of Minnesota, summed up a study on houseplants, saying "The NASA studies generated the recommendation that you use 15 to 18 good-sized houseplants in 6 to 8-inch diameter containers to improve air quality in an average 1,800 square foot house. The more vigorously they grow, the better job they'll do for you." The study recommended using snake plant, English ivy and peace lilies, among others.

Select a piece of furniture that is very comfortable for sitting and reading. Place it near a bookshelf. Reserve the bookshelf for texts that discuss your views -- and any other views that interest you -- on spirituality.

Sketch or stitch inspirational quotes, fables or passages from books and put them on the walls. Consider ordering a vinyl wall decal at a home decorating store.

Continue adding pieces of art, pictures and quotes to your home when you see something that strikes you. Don't rush -- wait until you're really moved by a piece before you bring it into your spiritually decorated room.

If your way of being spiritual encourages things like herb burning, altars or icons, bring these into your spiritual space.