Having a sanctuary at home, a space separated from the noise and stress of the main house, is a necessity that others look for when purchasing a home. This place of Zen, where they can pray, mediate and do their yoga is essential for their well-being. If the kids’ have their playrooms and your husband has his man-cave, you also deserve to have your sanctuary.
Make any space, no matter how small, a place of peace. Here’s how.
1. To create that stress-free ambience, remove any clutter that may distract you during your meditation. For your walls, choose a more soothing neutral palette such as white, pale blue and gray. For something more textural, you can make one accent wall which uses smooth stones, dark wood, or bamboo. Color can still be accommodated but it should still play around with the Asian zen theme.
2. Create that feeling of lightness with the use of open windows. Remove any heavy blinds and draperies. Allow as much natural light to come into your room. Opt for simple bulbs and lighting fixtures, instead of ornate overhead chandeliers and the like.
3. Minimal decor is key. The essential furniture you will need is a yoga mat, simple side table and chair, and/or a low-lying table. To bring nature and good energy into the room, place a few potted plants or flowers in key corners.
4. If you would like to bring in more color and textures, you can use woven floor mats, colored throw pillows and flowers , but use sparingly. Thai or Balinese inspired-artwork would also greatly complement the space.
5. To complete the look, add a few scented candles for that warm, relaxing vibe.