How to Create a Soothing Space
It’s always important to take great care of yourself. There’s more to this than the obvious “care” things such eating well, getting enough sleep and exercising. I’m thinking about the care you need beyond the basics, the care that rejuvenates and refreshes you after a long day or during a busy time of year like the holiday season.
To create a soothing space to nurture yourself this season I recommend you designate a space in your home as just yours. Whether you have an entire room for yourself or a corner in a room that doubles as a guest room, either will do. The key is getting it set up to suit your needs.
The first step, like the first step of all design processes is determining the function of the space. What do you need to nurture yourself? A comfortable chair for reading your favorite book? A chaise for listening to your favorite music while watching the birds outside your window? A table and chair for painting or maybe a chic recliner for watching your favorite Netflix show? There’s no right answer, but I encourage you to create a space for what really relaxes YOU. No judgement on the Netflix binging :)
You can transform the corner of a room this weekend with things you already have in your home (and/or from local retailers who have stock on hand!). You can always improve on the space over time, but having something in place now will help you have a retreat during this often busy month.
Now that you know what you want to do in your soothing space, it’s time to set it up! Here are a few things to consider including in your space.
Comfortable seating - This is different for everyone, depending on your preferences and activities. Consider what you like best for your desired activity. If you have a favorite chair in your home that you can relocate to your new cozy corner or room that’s a great start! Need a footstool or ottoman? You can likely find one in a local store to complete the space.
Table - even if you only have a corner in a room, you’ll want a small side table for books, coloring books, a journal, pencils, pens, portable speaker or to drop a drink. Make sure it’s large enough to hold a lamp. If you have more than a corner and have space for a coffee table or console table you can add treasured photos or art pieces to those spaces.
Music - This is really easy to add now with technology —you can just play your favorite tunes on your phone or via a wireless speaker. Just be sure to include that if it’s soothing to you!
Scent - I love to have my favorite candle lit when I’m relaxing (and when I’m working!). If you also love being surrounded by your favorite scent, consider a candle, oil or wax melter in the space.
Flowers - Fresh flowers go a long way toward making a space feel special! Add a vase of your favorites to make your space extra special.
Lighting - this is so important! Make sure the lighting in your space helps make the function easier (reading, knitting or bird watching) and that it’s soothing when needed (dimmers and three way switches are great for this). If your room only has a center overhead light, add a table lamp or floor lamp near your seating for great task lighting.
Texture and softness - Add in a few down-filled pillows (very soft!) or firm pillows if you need more back support. Either way make sure they have soft, pretty covers that make you smile. If you don’t have anything in your house that works, this is an easy find in a local retail store and will make a big impact! Adding a soft throw blanket will really complete the space, especially during the colder months. Use colors you love.
Art - if the space has room on the walls for art make sure you hang something you love in your line of sight. Don’t hang it too high to view while seated. If there’s not room for wall art in the space (or the walls are already covered), consider adding a small accessory on a nearby table — something that has meaning to you.
Natural light - this is important no matter your desired activity. If you are lucky enough to be able to place a chair next to a window with a view that’s great! This is a real bonus when the weather turns warm enough open the windows!
The idea is to create a space that will serve your needs (function) and will make you smile (form, “the pretty”). As long as you’re comfortable and surrounded by things you love, this will be a nurturing space.
Imagine how great it will feel to curl up in your corner of the world with your favorite things surrounding you! Ahhh….