Decorating for relaxation

Some individuals find it hard to think of themselves as a professional decorator but decorating for relaxation is simple. It just takes dropping a few items in each room to turn in into an oasis of relaxation.

Your home is your escape from the world somewhere that you can hide away and re-gain your strengths and rejuvenate your mind.

Below are tips that will stimulate your thoughts for stress-less decorating ideas. These ideas only focus on items that may be added to a room that would achieve a relaxing effect.

Decorating for relaxation room by room.

    Kitchen – Light and Nature should be the focus

  • Use verticals or mini blinds for easy opening and closing for sun and privacy.
  • Place plants or a small garden of home grown herbs in front of or by the window.
  • Install an under counter radio/CD player to listen to soothing music while working in the kitchen.
  • Place a pot on the stove with the heating element on simmer. Place a couple of cinnamon sticks or cloves for a fragrant relaxing effect. You can also purchase liquid potpourri to use in the same manner.
  • Dining Room – Focus should be placed on table settings and centerpiece.

  • Flowers, Candles, and/or Incense make a great arrangement for centerpieces.
  • Placemats at each setting with napkins and rings create a welcoming feeling to friends and family.
  • Plug in diffusers save space in place of candles and still have a choice of relaxing aromas.
  • Living Room – Focus should be placed on relaxing entertainment.

  • A

    Water Fountain offset in a corner or on a table top can give you the ambiance and sounds of nature which automatically queues our bodies to relax.

  • A fireplace can add atmosphere and warmth for family fun and gatherings as well as comfort and romance for those nights of spending time with that someone special.

    These are available in electric or Gel styles for the effects of a real fireplace. They give off heat and have screens for child and animal protection.

  • Decorating for relaxation with candles is always beneficial to the senses of sight and smell. If children or animals prohibit this try reed diffusers (still place these up high so they are not accidentally ingested or come in direct contact with skin).
  • There are also the battery operated votive candles now which deliver atmosphere without the danger of fire.
  • Bathroom – The focus is on tranquil and comfort sensations.

  • Place small bottles of lotions on the counter for easy access.
  • Reed diffusers and or candles for relaxing baths.
  • Small shelf to hold lavender bath salts, bath oils, potpourri and color coordinated washcloths rolled and tied with a ribbon.
  • In a shower or bath stall you can add a water proof radio tuned to a relaxing station.
  • Adult Bedroom – focus should be on body relaxation

  • Place a CD player with speakers on the bedside table. This player should have a headphone adaptor to plug in a speaker pillow for perfectly dreamy nights.
  • Depending on your preference, there are also Sound Therapy Machines.
  • In your secret drawer keep some essential oils for a relaxing massage along with an eye pillow to release the head and eye tensions.
  • Keep a reading bed lounger or wedge on hand for those nights to curl up to read a book or view some television if this is your choice of relaxation.
  • Candles to be used for dim light and scent.
  • Soft padded bed with fluffy but supportive pillows. There are also some massage mats that you can lay flat on your bed and relax with the rolling motion of massage.
  • Patio or outside space – focus on nature and sounds.

  • Fountains are a natural relaxation tool as well as the sensations of listening to wind chimes as they sway in the breeze.
  • Have some sort of comfortable seating or hammock to lay back in and enjoy a lazy day.
  • Outdoor fireplaces are great conversation pieces as well as being useful items to create great atmosphere, warmth and gathering spots for family and friends to chat while taking a well deserved break from the days activities.
  • Your vehicle – focus for comfort Yes, your car counts as part of your living space. Comfort and decorating for relaxation avoids those feelings of urgency and frustration in traffic.

  • There are car air diffusers or travel diffusers available to keep the aromatherapy active and relaxing your senses.
  • For cold weather or just plain comfort try a heated car seat cushion with massage to lean back in and watch the traffic jams.
  • Always keep a notepad, pen and plenty of soothing sound CD’s in stock.
  • For those pampering supplies that keep you looking forward to the end of the day treats try using foot baths or foot massagers – body massager’s - comfy slippers, hand mitts and neck wraps.

    See Spa separates for more ideas in decorating for relaxation.

    Happiness Always, Susan
    Author, Cobwebs of the Mind

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