All we need after a chaotic day is a calming and relaxing place to unwind and disconnect. As regular trips to the spa are not financially viable for most of us it is essential that we create a similarly relaxing and indulgent place in our home that allows us to feel calm and happy. Creating a soothing and relaxing space at home doesn’t have to be expensive and takes no time at all to do. So follow our simple steps on how to create a warm and comforting space in your home that you can retreat to any time you need a little quality ‘you’ time.
Colours play a big part when it comes to our moods and emotions. So any soothing, relaxation areas should be surrounded by soft colours. We all have our own preferences when it comes to the colours that make us feel happiest, but if you are lost for a little inspiration then calming ocean pastel blues and peaceful meadow soft yellows or soothing mountain warm greys are good soft and happy colours to look at. You can add these colours in with candles, textiles, pretty mirrors, paintings, picture frames or by repainting the entire area.
Creating a relaxing space around a beautiful window is a great location for any calming space in your home. Even better if you have a deep window where you can create a cosy and comfortable window seat. Regardless of the shape of your window bay you will be able to hire a company to order foam cut to size and shape of your window area. It is super easy to take some simple measurements get some foam cut out and covered with soft and welcoming textiles. You can then cover with pillows, blankets and any other textiles to make your window seat super soothing and comfortable.
The scents that we surround ourselves with have a strong reaction with our emotions and can completely transform the mood of a room. Therefore your relaxation areas should be far away from any pet areas or bathrooms and kitchens. You can then add fresh fragrances to this area with anything from potpourri to scented oil diffusers to incense and air fresheners. We all have our preferences on the types of fragrances that we most enjoy but lavender, vanilla and rose are especially relaxing scents if you are looking for a couple of scents to start you off.
Keep It Tidy
It is next to impossible to relax in a space that is dirty, messy or cluttered. Therefore you will want to do a little clearing out once you have decided on the area you would like to transform into your relaxation area. Start by getting rid of anything that doesn’t belong in this space and move objects to different areas of your home. You only really want items in this space that make you feel completely calm and happy, so any bits and bobs that make you think of work or household tasks, need to be completely out of sight.
Try to keep your relaxation area as a strictly non-electronic area. As we are constantly surrounded by electrical items a relaxation space should be an opportunity to step away from this side of life in order to completely disconnect. Therefore you should keep televisions out of sight, smartphones in another room and try not to bring items such as laptops or tablets into this area in order to give your mind a rest from the constant messages and information from the digital, entertainment and communication world.
There is an exception to the above ‘no electronic zone’ rule however. And that is music. As music promotes relaxation and can lift our mood, it is a really important part of a relaxation room, particularly for people who take a lot of enjoyment from music. Again, everyone has different tastes in music, however a relaxation room is not really the place for fast-beat, dance, pop or rock music. So think more about ambient music like soothing classical, jazz or soft rock music, or basically any music that lifts your mood and puts you in a relaxed and positive frame of mind.
Bring the Outside Inside
As nature is such a relaxing element, no relaxation space is complete without a little nature and organic life. Think about two or three potted plants that you can add to your tranquility room that would really bring this space to life. You don’t need to be particularly green fingered to add plants into your home, so just adding a small selection of fresh and colourful plants will go a long way in helping you to relax and disconnect in your relaxation room, after a long hard day at work.