(NC)—People often say they need an escape to find some sense of peace and calm. While you might remove yourself from everyday hassles by going on vacation or heading to a spa, peaceful surroundings can also be found at home. With a few simple steps, it is easy to create a healing environment that can be cherished every day. To start and end your day in a calming place, try these five tips from design expert Sally Morse, the director of creative services for Hunter Douglas, a leading name in custom window treatments:
1. Calming Colours
Re-energize and rejuvenate at home by incorporating cool and calming hues. To not only create a soothing space, but also an on-trend one, refer to the “Nonchalance” palette, one of nine palettes for 2012 from colour authority Pantone. Its delicate blue fog and grapemist purples, along with silver and egret grays are ideal for creating a serene space. For the largest impact, try using them on walls in an entryway, living room or bedroom.
2. Comforting Textiles
Fill every room in the house with items you can’t wait to curl up on or cuddle into. Plush and soft textures are paramount when creating a relaxing space. Incorporate such materials in furniture, blankets and pillows. Essential for any relaxing retreat, opt for high-thread count linens, towels and robes and add soft textures at the window. With these easy additions, each room will exude an inviting, soft-to-the-touch aesthetic.
3. Soothing Silence
When you think of a relaxing destination like a beach, you may conjure up sounds of waves rolling in, and at a spa there is soft music, fountains or even silence, devoid of traffic and other noise interferences. If outdoor noise is an issue inside your home, you can dampen it by using insulating window fashions such as Hunter Douglas Vignette Tiered Architella shades. They feature rear fabric air pockets that trap air for energy efficiency and substantial sound absorption. Additionally, it’s not only the outdoors that bring on noisy disturbances. Try silencing phones and computers for an hour each night to unwind without distractions.
4. Gentle Lighting, Pleasing Scents
Look to the lighting to create a peaceful ambiance. To set the tone, soften the illumination. A lower wattage bulb can reduce glare; track lighting can create ambient lighting; or using a dimmer on lamps and fixtures will easily reduce the level of illumination and improve the mood of a room. To temper incoming light, use Hunter Douglas Silhouette window shadings with sheer fabric panels and rotating vanes that transform the quality of light from harsh and unyielding to soft and comfortable. Also, consider using crystal candle holders or chandeliers that reflect light. To add to the overall sensory experience, decorate with scented candles in lavender, vanilla or other pleasing scents.
5. Peaceful Natural Elements
If there are no serene views of the mountains or ocean from the living room, simply add nature into the space. Try placing indoor plants throughout the home. They not only give off oxygen and purify the air by removing toxins, they have also been found to have a positive effect on stress levels, fatigue and headaches.
With a few small changes at home, you along with friends and family, can easily retreat into an utterly relaxing space that may be so soothing, you and others may not want to leave.
More information is available online at www.hunterdouglas.ca
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