Have you ever walked into a space, breathed a sigh of relief. And thought to yourself, this is a relax room? If you’ve been so lucky, you’ll know that these spaces aren’t all that plentiful. But when you come across one it’s rather hard to leave.
Happily, there are ways to recreate a relax room at home if you employ a few basic design and decorating principles.
Start with a neutral palette
It can be tempting to experiment with lots of different colours to bring joy and fun into a space. While, it’s much more relaxing if you start with a neutral palette.
Ideally, you want to start a relax room completely from scratch. Remove any furnishings, wall hangings and window dressings that may already be in the room to get a feel for the ‘naked’ space. Then add back any elements that are neutral in colour, or invest in new pieces that are. Use this as your jumping-off point and take it from there.
Stick to calming hues
Next, add calming colours to the equation. You can choose to paint the walls, or rather keep it a standard white. And layer your colours by means of other décor elements like rugs, bedding or scatter pillows. If you do choose to paint the walls, colours like light blue, mauve, pale pink, and lilac are known to promote feelings of peace and relaxation.
Painting a room in a neutral colour does more than just promote relaxation. In fact, it can also increase the value of your home. Interior painting can result in a 107% return on investment (ROI), while exterior painting could lead to a 55% ROI.
Don’t neglect the other senses
When it comes to interior design, it’s easy to place such a firm focus on our visual and tactile senses that we forget about the others. One very effective way to create a calm atmosphere in any given space is to add a layer of relaxing scent. This can be done at the hand of a room mist or a scented candle.
TOP TIP: Choose well-balanced fragrances that lean toward the ‘green’ end of the spectrum if you want to keep things calm and collected.
The easiest thing you can do to keep a room from becoming an angsty space is to keep it as tidy as possible. Clutter is very visually stressful, and this extends to spaces that are decorated to the point of being fussy. Rather err on the side of ‘less is more’ if relaxation is your aim in the end.
Bring the outside in by adding house plants to your relax room. Living greenery not only looks lovely, it also purifies the air and adds more oxygen to the equation, which is a great way to promote a feeling of overall wellbeing.
DID YOU KNOW? The UK interior design industry is rather robust. Growth has been facilitated by the rapidly growing usage of the internet and mobile devices, as well as innovative advertising and payment methods, increasing the industry’s consumer base at a compound annual rate of 11.2%
You can tailor your very own relax room at home by following a few basic decorating principles. This includes starting with a neutral palette, sticking to calming hues, not neglecting the other senses, avoiding clutter and adding greenery.