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How to Create the Most Relaxing Room Possible


After a busy day, the only thing on your mind is to walk into your home to relax and unwind. For some, a day at the spa is the best way to relax but for most people, carving out the budget for such luxurious treatment is not something they can afford.

Thankfully, you can implement some decorating ideas in your home to transform your space into the most relaxing room ever. So, it is time to get rid of all sources of stress and stimulation in your room and bring in calm and serenity. How do you do that? From mounting blackout custom roman shades to banishing screens, let’s walk you through our top tips.

  • It all Begins with Colors

Colors can contribute significantly to how serene and calm your room feels. Nature-inspired, soothing colors are the best to create a relaxing ambiance. Your room is not the space for harsh and bright colors or shiny patterns. Instead, choose soft colors that remind you of the calm and serenity of the sky and ocean or the peacefulness of the meadow.

Consider a color palette in the soft tones of blue or green; warm, muted browns or grays; or hues of warm yellow or pink. Whatever color scheme you choose, make sure it complements your overall interior design.

  • Decongest Your Space

Relaxing in a messy, dirty, or cluttered room is practically impossible. The mere sight of clutter can send your mind into overdrive and prevent you from relaxing. So, leave out anything that does not contribute to the tranquility and serenity of your room with alternative retaining walls.

It is a great idea to invest in storage bins and boxes to quickly stow away any overflow of clothes and smaller bits before bedtime. While you need furniture and accessories for aesthetics and functionality, reduce them as much as possible. Take out unnecessary furniture and keep+lk only the essentials. While you are at it, make your bed.

  • Electronics Do Not Belong

All day long, you have your phone and computer with you. When you return from work, you switch on the television in the living room and spend some time watching your favorite soaps or catching the news. Well, let it end there. You don’t need them in your room when you want to truly relax..

Electronic devices are highly stimulating and more of a disturbance during bedtime. Make your room an electronic-free space, which means having no TV, no video games, no laptop, and no smartphone, to ensure you have a sleep-friendly space that helps you truly unwind and relax.

If you still want to have a TV in your bedroom, put it in an entertainment armoire or behind the shutters. To have a relaxing room, shut out sights and sounds as much as possible.

  • Lighting is Key

Brilliant light is overly intense and would not do for a relaxing room. Of course, you do not need to throw out the bright light. You surely would need bright lighting for other activities in the room. However, you should consider installing soft lights that bring tranquility and calm to your room.

You can consider adding a dimmer switch to your ceiling fixture to make it easy to adjust lighting based on the mood. You may also invest in small lamps if you do not have overhead lighting in place. Make sure that the lamps come with an adjustment mechanism to subdue the intensity to suit your need per time.

If you prefer total room darkening, then consider mounting blackout custom curtains or blinds to block out all external light.

  • Invite Soothing Fragrances

Scents play a major role in relaxing the senses at any time of the day. Using light fragrance in your room can promote relaxation and calm.

There are different ways you can introduce light scents to your room. From scented oil diffusers to solid air fresheners, incense, and bowls of potpourri, you can bring a pleasant fragrance to your room. Vanilla, rose, and lavender are very relaxing scents that evoke a calming emotional state.

  • Bring Soft Texture to your Space

Soft textures add to the tranquility of a room. Instead of bringing in hard or angular furniture to your relaxing room; opt for a comfortable futon or a cushioned sofa for reclining. You can also introduce a soft rug on the floor and a warm wool blanket on the couch.

If you have a budget for it, consider getting a cozy overstuffed chair that you can relax on after a busy day. You should also consider throwing in a couple of pillows to relieve pressure or stress while you lounge.

  • Introduce Personal Accents

We all have some prized possessions that mean the world to us. A special family picture, memorabilia from a memorable vacation, an inherited doll, or treasured figurines – are some personal accents you can add to your room. This addition of familiarity helps in making the space feel safer for you, creating a warm and cozy room that is ideal for relaxing.

However, don’t clutter your space with every personal accent you have. Limit them to a few items that evoke happy thoughts and beautiful memories.

  • Candles Can Do Magic

You can bring warmth and glow to your space with a few candles. You can go the extra mile and get scented candles to improve the sensory experience in your room. Check out candles with rose, lavender, vanilla, or other soft natural fragrance.

If you are worried about allergies, you can swap paraffin wax for beeswax or soy candles. Beeswax candles produce fewer chemicals and soot while burning.

Final Thoughts

You don’t have to spend a fortune to create the most relaxing room possible. A few tweaks here and there can do the trick. Use the tips highlighted in this post to transform your room into a serene space you would love to spend time in.

Nate Berkus
Nate Berkus, a distinguished interior designer with a Bachelor’s in Design and Environmental Analysis, has been transforming spaces with his unique aesthetics for over two decades. His professional journey includes working with top design firms before venturing into freelance design consulting. His expertise was cultivated through years of working on high-end residential and commercial projects. He joined our editorial team and offers readers a blend of contemporary style and practical decorating solutions. He is also an ardent traveler, drawing inspiration from different cultures to enrich his design philosophy.

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