Let’s face it: we all lead busy lives, and at the end of the day, we just want to relax.
As you are aware, the current COVID-19 pandemic isn’t making anyone’s lives any less stressful either.
When you’re at home, do you find that you just can’t relax and unwind properly? Do you find that you’re often disturbed or interrupted by other people in your household? If the answer to either question is yes, maybe you need to create a chill-out room. I'm in the process of making a few changes at home to create one.
As the name suggests, a chill-out room is a place where you can go to relax and escape from the world. Having time to 'ground yourself ' does wonders for your mental health. If you’ve got a spare room in your home, you can turn it into a chill-out space, or maybe just your own bedroom.
Paint the Walls
You can begin to set the tone for your chill-out room by choosing the colours to adorn your walls, whether you are going to do the painting yourself or find a professional to come out and do this for you with the help of a site like My House Painter (https://www.myhousepainter.com/painters/north-carolina/). Some people like to choose warm colours, whereas other prefer cooler shades. It’s no secret that specific colours promote or evoke different emotions and feelings in people. When you use warm colours, they will help promote peace and tranquillity. Check out Feng Shui to see what is suggested works best in your room.
Or just go for colours that feel right to you, such as orange, red and yellow, which might make you think of warm thoughts such as sunshine and give you a cosy feeling. Personally, I like white or neutral. I just find it more calming.
Create an Immersive Sound Experience
One thing you’re likely to do in your chill-out room is to lay down and listen to some calming music or meditation music. I like chilled music if I'm unwinding, or try 528hz music. You don't want you're calming experience to be spoilt by a mediocre sound system.
So if you can, it makes sense to invest in a premium-quality hi-fi setup complete with surround sound speakers. Be sure to look at brands like Musical Fidelity, Denon, Marantz, and Cambridge Audio when fitting out your chill-out room with a hi-fi system. If this is a bit out of your price range for the time being, you could get a decent quality wireless speaker or two and then use an old phone to sign into your Spotify account and play music from. As this article on Cell Phone Deal points out, this is a great use for an old phone so that you can listen to music and still use your current phone as you wish.
Install Mood Lighting
A mood lighting setup is relatively straightforward to install and configure. At a low level, all you’ll need is a dimmer switch for your lighting and an LED bulb where you can change the colour via a smartphone app.
Take a look at this handy guide from Hive Home to discover the different meanings of each light colour and how you can use them in your chill-out room. I also like adding salt lamps.
Buy a Comfortable Sofa
One thing that any chill-out room should have is a comfortable sofa. It should be suitable for sitting or laying down and match the interior style and decor of your chill-out room. You can then use the sofa to sit down and read a book, or lay down and close your eyes to relax. If the room might be needed for visitors in the future, a bed settee could be a good investment.
Adorn the Room With Some Scented Candles
Last but not least, you should have a few scented candles to help you relax and unwind. You can buy candles in a range of different fragrant smells, each evoking particular feelings and emotions. You can even use them as your light source instead of your ceiling light.
These are a few of my tips. Keep a look out for more coming up in future weeks.
Do you have any tips to share for the perfect chill-out room?