7 Ways to Make Your Home Your Sanctuary

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In a world that is increasingly hectic, having a tranquil home environment can make a big difference in your life. After a long day at work, your home should be a restorative place where you can forget about deadlines, traffic jams and all the stresses of the outside world. Whether you’re looking to create a private space to read, meditate or pursue a hobby; or just want to set up a more relaxing place to unwind, today’s post is filled with inspiring tips to help you turn your home into the sanctuary you deserve.

  1. Purify Your Air With Oxygen Producing Houseplants

Bringing the outside in can have a wonderfully calming influence. Firstly, the vast majority of plants look pretty, but that’s not all they can offer – they also add oxygen to the air, and can help to purify the atmosphere, too. how to turn your home into a sanctuary Not sure which plants to pick? Fret not – this handy wizard will help to narrow your choices down depending on light levels, ease of care and so on. There are tons of plant types to choose from, but here are some of the main things you’ll need to consider:

  • Do you want a flowering plant, or a succulent which may be easier to care for?
  • Would you prefer a more practical plant that you can eat, like herbs or vegetables?
  • Where will you place your plant? Try to find a spot for a plant in rooms where you spend a lot of time, such as your living room or study, as this is where you’ll benefit the most from clearer air.
  • Make caring for your plants as easy as possible by setting up a reminder on your smartphone to water them at appropriate intervals.
  1. Heaven Scent - Employ Some Creative Aromatherapy

An aroma can transport you to another place like nothing else can  so why not put this to good use in your home? Aromas can both relax and invigorate so choose different scents for different rooms and different times of day. make your home your sanctuary Plug-ins and diffusers are great, but we’ve found some other marvellous ways to make our homes smell sweet:

  • Fill a spray bottle with water and a few drops of your favourite essential oil to use as a room spray. Spritz a little on your curtains or other fabric furnishings to try to help the scent stick around for longer. Cheap and cheerful!
  • Want to make your bedroom a haven of tranquillity? Pop a few drops of chamomile or lavender onto your pillowcase, or place some lavender buds in a muslin bag next to your bed or under your pillow.
  • Mix some lemon, rosemary and vanilla with plenty of water in a slow cooker with the lid off and set it to simmer all day for a heavenly-smelling home. Just ensure that you add enough water so that it doesn’t run dry.
  • Of course, none of this will work if your home is in need of a good spring clean. Invest a little time in clearing out any bad smelling stuff, and remember to clean your carpets from time to time (baking soda is great for removing nasty carpet smells) . This will give you a great, fresh base to work from.
  1. Tidy Up

We don’t wish to be preachy about this, but cleanliness is next to godliness!  Of course when you’re busy juggling family commitments with a busy working life and trying to squeeze in at least a little time for socialising, cleaning your home is the last thing you want to think about it. But to create that perfect tranquil space requires some commitment to order. And why not share the workload with partners and kids? We all create mess so we should all clean up, right? Perhaps easier said than done with teenagers but try creating a rota so there can be no escape for the family work shy!

  1. Little Jack Horner Needs a Corner

Maybe, no matter how much you’d like to, you just don’t have the time or energy to keep the whole house looking inspiring and uncluttered. We understand – we’ve been there. But that doesn’t mean that a small, manageable corner of it can’t be a sanctuary. Perhaps you could give one room, such as your bedroom, a mini makeover; or you could even section off part of a room with a screen to create a space that’s just for you, where you can truly relax and enjoy some ‘you’ time. Fill your space with the accoutrements of your favourite hobbies – books, a sewing machine, a guitar, and so on. Though the rest of the house may be far from a sanctuary right now, this spot will allow you to recharge your batteries until you can take on the rest of the space.

  1. See the Light

The right lighting can make a huge difference to the look of any space. Bright lighting provided by a bulb with a high wattage is great if you need lots of light to work by, but it doesn't really help to create a relaxing mood. tips to make your home your sanctuary If possible, install a dimmer light in your living room so you can adjust the light to suit the setting, and place a couple of lamps around the room for a more subdued feel. But the most soothing and cosy lighting solution of all has to be the humble candle – and if you get a scented one, you can kill two birds with one stone! If you’ve got a work area in your living room where you or your partner will need more light during the evenings, place a spotlight lamp there so you can still see clearly in that area, without flooding the whole room with harsh light.

  1. Everyone Needs a Soft Spot

A sanctuary should be homely and cosy in order to be relaxing, in our opinion. To make your home feel like a haven, make sure you have plenty of blankets, throws and cushions on your sofas and armchairs so you can snuggle up after a long day. scatter cushions creating home sanctuary

Ascot Scatter Cushions from SofaSofa

Texture can play a part in the rest of your décor, too. Opt for natural materials such as stone and wood, plus natural fabrics such as linen, cotton and wool rather than gleaming plastics that will absorb light and offer a more subdued, comfortable look.

  1. Focus On the Little Things

Just a few small touches can make a big impact on whether your house feels like somewhere you keep your belongings, or a place where you spoil yourself. Here are a few of our favourite ways to make your home feel like the lap of luxury:

  • Invest in fresh flowers. A bouquet can transform any room giving it life and colour and lift your mood immeasurably.  Plus they make the house smell amazing.
  • Don’t forget the towels! Many of us will spoil ourselves with a  hot soak after a long day at work, so making the bathroom a place of tranquillity is a great idea.  Add some candles and relaxing music and suddenly the stresses of the day will soon drift away. And why not go the whole hog and invest in some high quality  100% Egyptian cotton towels to complete your 5 star hotel bathtime sanctuary?
  • Block out the light. To get a great night’s sleep, it’s worth getting some curtains or a blind with blackout lining for your bedroom. It might not sound glamorous, but your bedroom will soon feel like a true haven where you can escape from the outside world for the evening.

Posted in Accessories, Interior Design, Soft furnishings on 31st Oct 2014

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