(BPT) - There’s nothing like feeling the warm sun on your skin, or seeing colorful flowers in bloom. Sometimes, just a little fresh air is all it takes for the day’s stress to melt away. It’s this sense of well-being that motivates so many to exercise more and eat better.

To get healthy, people go on strict diets, follow exhausting workout routines and spend hundreds of dollars at a spa. Sometimes it seems that it takes a lot of effort to lead a healthier life.

But what if you could lead a healthier life just by staying home?

Home decorators and builders have been looking at ways to redefine our homes so they promote our health. How this is done involves a combination of creativity and technology that might surprise you

1. Health begins in your bedroom 

Because sleep is so fundamental to one’s health, your bedroom should be your starting point. As they are notorious for wreaking havoc on sleep, you should banish all electronic screens, even televisions and cellphones from your room. Other simple ideas include painting the room calming colors, keeping the space cool for sleep and keeping it clutter free.

2. Take this important step to improve your air quality

Even in a clean, well-ventilated home, the air quality outside will be healthier. This is because common household products, such as candles, hairspray and even carpet put formaldehyde into the air. To combat this, many are using a special drywall, AirRenew by CertainTeed, that actively cleans the air. By using formaldehyde-absorbing technology, AirRenew removes the toxin and converts it into a safe, inert compound, making it healthier for everyone to breathe.

3. You can never have enough indoor plants

Even a small plant can do wonders when it comes to alleviating stress. Bright green leaves add color and go a long way in reproducing that relaxed feeling that comes with good health. There are a huge variety of indoor plants that require minimal or diffused lighting so you can truly personalize your home with a natural, green touch.

4. Open the windows to let the light and fresh air in

This might be an obvious solution, but with sophisticated climate control systems in place, it’s easy to keep the windows closed, even on a perfect 75-degree day. So turn the air conditioner off, open the shutters and let that fresh air in! Do this at night and you might be surprised at how much better you sleep.

5. Use calming colors to create a peaceful environment

Have you ever noticed how one room can make you feel more relaxed or at ease than another? In part, this may be due to the color of the room. "What color you paint your walls isn't just a matter of aesthetics,” says Leslie Harrington, an expert on the psychological effects of color. “It's a tool that can be leveraged to affect emotions and behavior."

To learn more about building products that can contribute to healthy indoor air quality, visit CertainTeed.com/AirRenew.