When you come home after a busy stressful day, is your home a place of respite and relaxation? Or, if you’ve been spending more time in your home, do you have a space that serves as a sanctuary?  Is there a room you’d like to make more of a relaxing respite? Let me offer a few ideas.

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 gray, white and violet. The transitional, channel-tufted upholstered bed contrasted with a colorful, abstract rug. The true showstopper of the room. The marble tile fireplace and beaded wallpaper add dimensional elegance. Teal swivel accent chairs provide a second respite area in this warm and inviting primary bedroom.  And who doesn’t love to read by a fire?

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

A soft serene color palette of soft ivory, creams, and taupe give 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, satin and velvets.  A custom designed and built tete-a-tete transformed to be a bench with an open center allows the couple to share a seat while reading or watching TV, while not blocking the view.

This small landing was the perfect place to be transformed into an intimate reading room.  The vibrant pumpkin orange little loveseat adds some fun and is perfect for lounging. The closed book cabinets make for a classic library and display for keepsakes and photos to conjure up those sentimental memories. The oversized coffee table also is a place for resting the feet. The small accent chair finishes out the corner of the room and offers seating for a guest.


Yes, for some, exercising, especially yoga, is a relaxing respite. This was an add-on space adjacent to the mom and kids office/study space. There’s room for yoga mats and other equipment. The client loves gardening, so there is plenty of room for plants.  It all makes for connecting with nature while keeping mentally and physically fit.

The wall art and wall covering behind the bookcase create an outdoor experience in this multi-functional space. It can be a solitary retreat, a quiet place for just two or three to converse, or a space for entertaining a larger group. It checks many boxes.

Other Tips for Creating a Relaxing Respite.

You can set the tone for calm and relaxation in any space in the home with some simple additions or adjustments. Flower always can be soothing visually and aromatically. White candles can add an air of serenity. Natural sunlight does wonders for one’s attitude; let the sunshine in. Paint colors are key; it’s worth getting advice on the psychology of color.

Remove clutter; it can instill a sense of chaos. However, 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’re looking for advice on creating you new relaxing and respite space, contact me. I’d be glad to help.

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