This year, many of us have been forced to spend more time than ever at home. While it’s wonderful to spend time with the family, it can be difficult to find space just for you. And if you’re on your own, it can be just as stressful trying to relax, especially when the lines between work and home life are becoming increasingly blurred. We all need to be able to switch off and unwind, but how can we do that when we’re stuck in the house? Find out how to create your very own place of Zen – in no time at all, you’ll feel all those stresses melt away.
Transform an underused corner
We all have those places in our homes which are either totally ignored or where we throw things we don’t need. It could be a space on the landing, the cupboard under the stairs, or a corner of the bedroom. Choose a comfortable chair, compliment with a soft rug and a side table with a lamp. Voila! Now that unloved space is somewhere you can sit with a cup of tea and take a moment just for you.
Separate areas for sleeping, work, and curling up with your favourite book. Transform underused space, like in this stylish loft – soft blush armchairs make for an inviting relaxation corner. (Technistone®, Trend Collection)
Create a reading nook
At this point, we’ve watched every Netflix show there is to see. This is a great time to crack the spine of that novel that’s been sitting on your shelf gathering dust, or renew a subscription for your favourite magazine. Step away from the screen and get your Zen by reading. Create a space just for this – our favourite spot is right next to a window, so you can enjoy the view, as well as some winter sun. Simply put a loveseat in your favourite colour here, or build a bench which fits right under the windowsill. Add a cosy throw and soft cushions, curl up with your book, and unwind.
Add warmth to your garden
Picture this: hands wrapped around a streaming mug of hot chocolate as you gaze at mesmerising flames in the serenity of your garden. Just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean you have to be stuck indoors. Make a fire pit yourself if you’re feeling creative, or they are widely available in most home and garden stores. Arrange outdoor seating around it, with comfy cushions and thick blankets. The only problem? Everyone else will want to join!
Soak away your stresses in your own personal spa. This heavenly bathroom uses luxurious Technistone® Pearl Delta, soft accents and luscious natural light.
Your own private spa
Many of us are finding that the bathroom is the only place in the house where we can get some peace at the moment. So, make the most of this the next time you run a bath. Light candles with your favourite scent, pour a glass of wine and ease away the stresses of the day. You can spend as much time as you want in your mini-spa – plus you’ll have it all to yourself!
The kitchen of dreams
This year, more and more people have found their passion for cooking. For some, creating culinary masterpieces is a form of therapy, a chance to be truly mindful and let worries drift away. With more time spent in the kitchen, it makes sense to turn this space into something beautiful. If you’re feeling bold, do a complete overhaul with new tiles, counters and cabinets. A quick update can be achieved by simply changing the countertops, painting furniture or replacing hardware.
This beautifully crafted Technistone® Crystal Calacatta kitchen island, backsplash and countertop make the ideal setting for creating culinary masterpieces.
Make an attic hideaway
The attic is often that part of the house we use to simply store things away. But, rather than just an oversized cupboard, it can make the perfect room for relaxation. At the same time, clearing away unwanted clutter will make you feel great. Put a fresh coat of paint on the walls, arrange some pretty plants, and add comfortable furniture. Now all you have to do is sit back and chill.
How are you changing your interior to adjust to the ‘new normal’? Get more interior tips to make the most of your home at blog4design.com.