Stress management can be a big task. This is even more difficult when you’re feeling like that stress is following you around and occupying your thoughts during downtime. In this blog, we’ll be sharing our design tips on creating quiet spaces, refuges from your daily stress. A place to read a book, practice mindfulness, or simply work in peace, away from the demands of your life.
Have you ever dreamed of working in your bathing suit? If that’s the case, you should check out this pool house, which now doubles as a home office! Equipped with wall heating and D.I.Y. vinyl wood flooring, this space is ideal for working in colder weather or drying up after a swim. The addition of a sanded, white-washed desk and the charming Masonite boards, painted in Benjamin Moore’s OC-26, make this space feel like an extension of the house. The entire office was refinished with Balboa Mist, giving it a contemporary and Zen atmosphere. And on top of all this, it is wi-fi equipped! If you’re interested in more tips on designing your own home office (and creating quiet spaces), check out our Creating a Home Office blog!
If your options are limited, consider converting an area in your home that you don’t frequently use. Perhaps you have an attic that could use a makeover or a guest bedroom that doesn’t bed any guests. You might even consider giving your living room a re-do. Assess the livability of your furniture and improve the lighting to create an optional reading nook. You could also look into purchasing some new pillows for additional back support. Try adding a basket for blankets, as well as storage space to keep clutter minimal. Finally, we recommend selecting a calming colour palette for your room, as well as adding a few personal design elements. Subsequently, your space will feel as relaxing as possible!
Over the last year, many of us have found getting outside for some fresh air to be the only escape from our busy at-home workdays. If you’re craving some quality time in the great outdoors but don’t want to venture too far away from your home, think about upgrading your garden. Look for some comfortable furniture that’ll make the space both relaxing and functional.
There are tons of options for creating shade to protect you from the hot sun. For example, consider a standing umbrella, a pergola, or an awning. Quick reminder: Gardens aren’t just for the summertime. Throw in some blankets, lighting, and maybe even a heat lamp! As a result, you’ll be good to go well into the fall and colder months!
Family is everything, but when one of your kids is doing their messy art project at the kitchen counter and the other’s blasting music in the living room, it’s only natural to want to escape. The master bedroom can easily serve as a refuge from all of that; add some comfortable seating, maybe even a coffee table or an ottoman to rest your feet on. Keep a healthy stock of books, some fresh flowers in a vase, and consider a hefty lock on the bedroom door. In short, take a space like your bedroom and let it become your oasis. Just don’t forget to make the bed!
And finally, for a bit of an unorthodox suggestion, transform the bathroom, one of the spaces you visit every day, into a tranquil oasis. Add scented candles, may we suggest lavender for relaxation, as well as spa-quality towels. An assortment of jars can hold cotton balls, bath balms, and loofahs. A beautiful bathmat and bath caddy will help create a space where you can retreat for an hour or two.
In short, sometimes a little peace and quiet can be the greatest form of self-care! With the craziness of this past year, we all deserve to put ourselves and our inner peace first. We hope you managed to pick up some design tips on creating quiet spaces, and feel inspired to prioritize yourself and your inner peace. Namaste.
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