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5 ways to turn your home into the perfect relaxation space

With our busy and varied lives, finding the time to sit down and relax in your own home doesn’t happen as often as we’d like. When you do get that me time, or even time to relax with family or friends, atmosphere is everything.

We all want our homes to be warm and inviting to entertain others, but it’s also important to consider relaxation in your decorating equation. Whether it’s a spa tub, a cozy window seat or soothing colour scheme, there are all kinds of ways to turn your home into a relaxing retreat from your busy life.

Set the scene

The way you decorate any room will affect how you feel in that room.

When it comes to relaxation, your home decor should revolve around neutral colors, light and airy fabrics and serene landscapes.

Neutral colours are calming and maintaining harmony in your colour scheme in crucial. Colours should flow between paint, flooring and furnishings.

Fabrics should be lightweight and airy to allow for natural light. Try curtain fabrics that are white and sheer for a beachy, breezy look.

Hang wall art that matches your neutral colour scheme but depicts calming scenes and colours. Nature scenes work well for this, such as a water scene, mountain view or a light blue sky.

Declutter

If you have messy or cluttered home, you will never achieve that inner calm you’re looking for. Minimalist trends call for decluttering your home, paring back to just the essentials. This opens up space so you don’t feel so confined or tied down by your things. Keep the things that bring you joy or serve a practical purpose and get rid of all the excess.

Treat yourself

To make your home a true relaxing retreat, treat yourself to a home spa.

Whether it’s a spa tub or a sauna shower, bathroom relaxation has something for everyone. There are also a variety of smaller changes that will only add to your indoor oasis.

A dimmer on the light switch makes for great bath time mood lighting, but you should also think about natural light for the morning and afternoon. Windows with gauzy curtains or even a skylight over your bathtub will make it hard for you to get out of the tub.

The little things

Relaxation involves all of your senses.

The smell of your candles, the feeling of a fluffy rug between your toes and the soothing sounds of a crackling fire place all work together to help you unwind.

Depending on your personal preferences, you might want to get candles or flowers to get a relaxing scent in your home, different fabrics and textures for rugs, blankets and upholstery, and pop on your favourite music.

A sound sleep

The most important room to feel relaxed in is your bedroom. Being tense and unable to sleep makes it impossible to relax anywhere.

Bedroom relaxation starts with your bed.

Purchase sheets with a decent thread count. It is more expensive but oh so worth it. You will never be able to go back to cheap sheets again. Choose a duvet or quilt that is the right temperature for the season and your personal preference. Some people like to sleep with one blanket, while others prefer to pile them on. Finally, choose bedding that is white, neutral or a soft pattern. It shouldn’t be too bold or aggressive and should feel good to the touch.

Your home should be a retreat from your busy life.

When decorating your home, take into account the things that make you feel calm and relaxed. When those rare times of peace come around, your home will welcome you with open arms and a cosy place on your couch.

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James Banham is an Australian lifestyle, fashion and entertainment journalist. His writing can be found on these many topics and more in print and online publications around the country.
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