Simple Ways to Turn Any Space into a Sanctuary

published Sep 28, 2015
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Home is supposed to be a calming place. But with the movement towards open floor plans, things are only getting more complicated. Same goes for anyone living in a studio apartment: When most of your life takes place in the same sweeping room, where do you go for a moment of serenity? Answer: Anywhere you want.

Start with a corner, or a bedroom, or the bathroom, or even your closet. Figure out where you want to go when you need to get away, then follow these three steps to turn that space into a sanctuary:

Introduce some nature.

Bring the outdoors in. You can do it with house plants, or by introducing natural textures, like a sisal rug. Another key element of the outdoors? Natural light. Play up your windows with sheers that let in tons of light without sacrificing privacy. Or use a strategically placed mirror to bring in light from another room.

Play up your other senses.

Naturally, we’re the most concerned about what we see when we’re dealing with a room. But the difference between a pretty space and a gratifying one can be found in the other senses–smell, sound and touch. Use essential oils, candles, a diffuser or room spray to give your space a signature scent. Introduce a water feature or wind chime to camouflage city or family noise with your room’s own natural soundtrack. Play up different textures in those places – a chair, the sofa, the bed – where you’ll spend the most time.

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Make it personal.

This is your sanctuary, ok? Not anybody else’s. Put your stamp on your space with personal items that inspire calm, creativity and imagination. Some items that inspire: family treasures, personal photos or something to create with (like a guitar or canvas).

What ingredients do you use to make a peaceful place at home?