In the past I’ve shared ways to create a luxurious bathroom and a glamorous bedroom, but today I want to look at ways to shape other areas of your home into small oases. This is about forming an area where you can temporarily escape the pressures and stresses of the day. A place where you can enjoy that precious alone time, and focus on unwinding.
Along with having a personal retreat, having your own space in the home also allows you to be more creative with your decor. You could be a more daring with your colors and patterns, or if you’re a fan of kitsch, make the space whimsical and fun. This area isn’t one that will necessarily be visited by other parties, so decorate knowing that it’s all for you!
Most importantly, your ideal “sanctuary” will be dependent on what you personally find relaxing. I’ve found some great examples of small havens that I hope will inspire to reproduce something similar in your own home.
Many homes have small areas that may leave you feeling uncertain of their best uses. Luckily, a small space is all we need, and it may be just what you’re looking for. If you’re a fan of reading, whether it be mystery or People magazine, a reading nook may be just what you need. This could work in an area as small as a bay window, as above, or as grand as the below hayloft that was renovated to feature built in bookshelves.
You may not have a spare barn to transform into a personal library, but don’t let that stop you from getting creative. An unused shed or attic space can work just as nicely. While a space for reading can be established just as easily in the corner of your living room, stay-at-home moms or those who already work inside the home may enjoy the separation from the rest of the house.
Speaking of attic space, many homes have large open attics that make a perfect hide away from the rest of the home. This attic features a hammock that can be enjoyed no matter what the weather. There’s also plenty more space to suit those with multiple hobbies such as painting or scrapbooking.
If your ideal “you” time is spent bettering your body, than an area for exercise might be just what you need. If you enjoy yoga, or have considered trying it, it’s an excellent at-home workout that requires minimal space. Relaxing yet challenging, the practice is the perfect way to unwind after a stressful day. This room is minimally decorated, creating a light and open atmosphere, and the large windows let in plenty of natural light. Not to mention a great view while you work on your poses!
The sunroom is an area I feel is too often not fully appreciated. There are so many potential uses for the space, and can be utilized most of the year. Many people find watching and listening to storms relaxing, so it make sense to go one step further and make it your own. Create a large lounging area with pillows and blankets and enjoy.
Keep in mind, that to be in a sanctuary doesn’t necessary mean to be alone. Invite your significant other along and find that there are great conversations to be had when life’s distractions are out of the way. This oversized swing seems to be just the right setting for an evening spent reconnecting at home. The curtains and floral arrangements make the room feel homey, a good reminder that these rooms can be just as elegant as the rest of the home.
Now go and create a sanctuary of your own!