Relaxing Respite

Home used to be the place where we came to relax and get a respite from the stress of the office, the commute or a day of running errands.

Today, some are spending more time in the home, maybe no longer going to an office.

Now, many are aiming to make certain rooms in the house more of a relaxing respite.

Getting away from work may mean going to a different area of the home.


The obvious choice is often the primary bedroom.

Turning it into a luxurious suite like the one shown above is often the goal.

The starting point here was a color scheme of calming palette of mint green, white and taupe. The clean-lined contemporary upholstered bed contrasts with the soft watercolor pattern of the drapery. Nature inspired elements have a calming effect.The true showstopper of the room is the ceiling covered in a gorgeous wood veneer. The nightstands add dimensional elegance. The sleek lounge chair provide a second respite area in this inviting bedroom. The dimmable LED fandolier offers a cool breeze

Let’s not forget the key function of the bedroom.

If you’re not waking up feeling rested, refreshed, and restored, something is missing.

Think about the environment you’re creating in terms of it putting you in a restful mood for the last part of the day and a revitalizing mood when waking up.

Most of us think of the bedroom as the place we want to be a relaxing respite. We want to wind down and prepare for a healthy night’s sleep and then wake up to an environment that inspires us for a new day. As you are re-evaluating your bedroom in light of that goal, here are some tips:

  • Color is critical in promoting a space conducive to relaxation. Choose a calming color palette. Lighter shades of gray, blue, and green often promote calmness.
  • Improve storage so there is no clutter in sight. Clutter can instill a sense of chaos instead of calm.
  • Flowers and plants can be soothing visually and aromatically. Certain scents, such as lavender and rosemary can have a calming effect.  White candles can add an air of serenity.  Natural sunlight does wonders for one’s attitude; let the sunshine in.
  • Throw pillows and blankets can create a feeling of coziness. Contrast hard surface floors with area rugs to create softness and add some tranquil color.

If you have the space, create a reading  nook with a comfy upholstered chair, a chaise lounge, or loveseat.




A soft serene color scheme gives this space a calming and classic appearance, ideal for both closing out the day and opening a new morning. A touch of glam and sparkle fills the room with the selection of custom fabrics in silk and satins. A  transitional, channel-tufted upholstered bed contrasted hotel style bedding. The motorized blackout drapery allows this couple to enjoy a midday siesta.

Although bolder colors were used in this multi purpose room, it serves as a precious retreat for the lady of the house to enjoy her hobbies and watch her favorite shows, as well a sanctuary for guests who visit.

The sleeper sofa and ottoman are upholstered with a performance fabrics, offering a worry free place to lounge.


This artful seating area adjacent to the homeowner’s office space is a great place to step away from the desk for a snooze or have a relaxing chat with friends.

What would be the “must have” elements of your perfect retreat space?

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