I know what you’re thinking: turning my room into a “sanctuary” sounds costly. Decorations? In this economy? I don’t think so. However, turning your space into a calm, inviting getaway can be done with a few inexpensive tweaks. If you’ve found yourself looking at a room in your house or apartment and thinking “this doesn’t feel like me”, this article is for you. Sometimes we don’t even notice we’ve been living in a house that doesn’t feel like a home until we make the effort to put our personal tastes into it. Read on for tips on how to turn any space into your personal sanctuary!
Tip #1: Lighting
The first step in creating a cozy, sanctuary-like atmosphere is to get the lighting perfect. Lighting can change the look and feel of a room and exude touches of your personality. Humans are sensory beings, and the wrong lighting can turn a nice space into a cold, uninviting, and sometimes stressful atmosphere. There’s a reason a lot of us don’t like fluorescent lights – they are stark and corporate. And no one wants to feel like their home is an office!
There are tons of fun, affordable options out there that make lighting up a room exciting. And, you can still make environmentally friendly choices without compromising that “warm glow” look. LED lights have come a long way in recent years, and no longer have a bright blue tone that some of us find hard to look at.
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Tip #2: Greenery
A little bit of nature can make a big difference in creating the ambiance of a space. Plants or flowers add a living element to a room, even if they’re fake. They’ve also been said to boost creativity and mood. There’s no denying that seeing beautiful flowers on your kitchen table each morning is a simple pleasure. Beyond that, plants can pull a room together and go with any style of décor.
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Tip #3: Scents
If you aren’t familiar with how scents can affect our moods, check out our article “How to Color Your World with Scents”. Scents are the perfect finishing touch to any space. Not only are many beautiful to look at, they can also evoke a sense of calm or unlock a pleasant memory. Scents are personal and meaningful, and nothing says “this is my space” more than your favorite candle.
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Tip #4: Textures
There’s something to be said for minimalism, but that doesn’t mean you can’t maximize the textures in your space. The internet has dumped the idea of any woman with more than two throw pillows into the “cringeworthy” bucket, but there’s a way to use decorative pillows tastefully. As long as the pillows bring you happiness and compliment the room, you can’t go wrong. They can pull a space together, provide comfort, and add a dash of personality. The same goes for blankets. You can never have too many, and that friend of yours who is perpetually freezing will thank you later.
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Do you think you’ll implement any of these tips? What do you do to make your space comforting and reflective of your personality? Let us know in the comments or on our Instagram page!
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