The ability to truly relax can be a difficult skill to acquire. But taking the time and effort to create a personal space designed to do just that in your home is a great first step that will only help get the relaxation process get started.
There are many ideas, design tips and common themes for home relaxation areas, but know that no two roadmaps are the same. It doesn't have to be an expensive endeavor, or even require a complete room makeover. Knowing your personal tastes and what helps you relax is the best place to begin.
With that, here a few helpful guidelines to keep in mind:
It's all about you
This space is about focusing on yourself. Avoid technology (no smartphones) and items that stimulate your mind. Stick to creative items and hobbies – whether it revolves around music, instruments, art, books, plants or nature – that take your mind off daily stresses. Personal items, keepsakes and photos of loved ones are often soothing and put you in a comfortable frame of mind.
Think about color
The right colors make a big difference. Choose cool, restful colors such as blues, greens and earth tones for the walls, furniture and accessories. Designers suggest no more than two or three colors.
Comfort, comfort, comfort
It should be as simple as being comfortable. That can mean an old recliner, soft blankets, or lots of pillows if that's your style. When you're comfortable, your mind will be at ease. Use natural or soft lighting, candles and favorite fragrances. Think soft surfaces and find your comfort zone.
Keep out the clutter
Keep it simple and keep out the clutter to avoid distractions. Relaxation is about slowing down your mind as well as your body. Simplify with fewer items that mean more to you.
Try the bathroom
The bathroom doesn't have to be limited to the place you rush through in the morning. Create a personal spa sanctuary by combining all of these elements with a hot bath for a new use of an old space.