We all need a place we can escape to where we can rest, feel pampered, and recharge our batteries. Your home sanctuary is a place of refuge and safety. It is a place where you come to feel inspired and renewed.
Here is our advice to create a sanctuary in your home and outside your four walls:
Start with the sacred
The things that you hold dear are sacred. It is amazing how much more relaxed we can feel when we are surrounded by things that bring us pleasure. It may be a painting that's been in your family for years or a statue that reminds of you of truth, beauty or hope. Special mementos provide you with the experience of being restored and rejuvenated on a daily basis.
Engage your senses
Why not make use of each of your five senses in your home? The feel of a soft blanket or cushion engages our tactile sense; a beautiful bowl of different colored fruit is visually pleasing. The wonderful scent of essential oils in an oil burner is uplifting and sensual. Don’t forget the power of music to improve the feel of your home. Music not only improves your mood, research shows it reduces stress and chronic pain.
Clear the clutter
According to Feng Shui principals, clutter is stagnant energy. When you organize things, you discover what's meaningful. A great place to start is with stacks of mail and paperwork. Clutter can be defined as the things or possessions that you either don't use any more or do not love. Even clutter you can’t see in closets and your garage need to go!
Create a bath ritual
Spa has its roots in taking the waters. Creating a daily or weekly bath ritual allows you to rejuvenate, restore and celebrate yourself. Dim the lights and light a candle; apply a facial mask while you prime your skin with a dry brush. Add aromatherapy oils or salts to your bath, or slather it on your skin post-shower. Our favorite for the bath is Body Bliss Turquoise Sage Foaming Salt Soak. Sip your favorite beverage, relax and enjoy!
Color it calm
“Painting is an inexpensive way to remodel, and everyone can do it," says Gwendolyn Lewis Huddleston, academic director of interior design at the Art Institute of California in San Francisco. Earth tones provide a rootedness. Blue-greens are compatible with earth tones because they lie next to one another on the color spectrum and share some of the same tints.
Bring the outside in
The most peaceful environments contain elements of nature. The most common way to add nature to a home is with houseplants. Natural furnishings such as earthenware, bamboo window shades, raw silk pillow covers, all-cotton slipcovers, wicker chests, cork or bamboo floors, granite counters and wool rugs are all evocative of the natural world. Windows into your yard are a great way to bring the outside it.
Let in the light
We need sunlight to stay synchronous with our body’s rhythm. Natural illumination provides a continuous spectrum of light with a high content of blue (which stimulates the circadian system) compared to the greenish yellow of electrical light. Skylights dramatically increase the amount of natural light in a room. Eliminate the glare from artificial light by switching from direct to indirect overhead lighting. For a quick fix, table lamps and wall sconces create pleasing "puddles" of illumination.
Negate the noise
Buffer unwanted sounds with double-pane windows and insulation, and by planting trees and bushes. To keep the decibel level lower inside the house, install thick carpets or wall tapestries. Introduce positive sounds as well. Place a fountain inside in a spot where you can hear it from a distance. If you live in the country, open windows so you can hear birds singing.
Soften the edges of your home with fluffed-up pillows, footstools, reclining chairs and welcoming couches. Inviting textures will also make a room warm and inviting. “Decorate with cushions and throws made from soft, luxurious fabrics such as velvet, lambswool and mohair; elegant wooden furniture with a smooth, silky grain; and thick carpets or fluffy rugs underfoot," suggests New York City interior designer Juliet Pegrum in her book, Peace at Home.
Grow a Garden
Extend your sanctuary outside your home’s four walls. Thoughtful landscapes provide a beautiful view from your windows, and keep you in touch with nature. Consider adding an edible garden of vegetables and herbs allows you to put fresh, nourishing food on the table. Your family will love it, and there’s always plenty left for friends!
Start with one tip at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed. You will be amazed how your home will become a restorative space that is a constant source of comfort and pleasure. What are your tips for creating a spa sanctuary? We’d love to hear from you!