If your spare room is crying out for a revamp, your basement needs to be put to better use, or your attic deserves more than just a few dusty boxes, why not create somewhere you’ll be happy to disappear into?
With so many people now working from home and lockdown situations coming and going, a space where you can get away from it all has never been more desirable. Somewhere just to take a break from the world and simply relax. So if you have somewhere in your home looking for a revamp, even if it’s just a corner of another room, here’s how you can create your perfect chill out space.
Relax and recline
Of course, the obvious answer to the question of seating is perhaps a big comfy couch or armchair, but when it comes to your chill-out space, it could be more fun to think outside of the box.
For example, if you’ve hankered after that gamer chair, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. If you’re more interested in creating the perfect movie den, an oversized chair or recliner will offer maximum comfort and a premier cinema experience.
However, if you just want to chill with tunes, a good book, or you simply want somewhere to lounge around, the ultimate chill-out seating has got to be the beanbag. If you like a bit more structure, there’s also the option of a big bean bag chair – click here if you’d like to see what that looks like.
Perhaps your perfect chill-out space is somewhere you can practice yoga or meditation. In which case, do away with seating altogether and scatter some cushions and throws around for a proper hippy pad.
There’s no right or wrong thing you should be doing in your chill-out space; it’s really up to you how best to tune out for a while. If you love your crafts, then why not create an area you can take time out and enjoy making? Whether that’s a sewing machine, knitting basket, papercraft table, or something else, take the opportunity to make this area completely yours.
If playing computer games helps you wind down, then get yourself an entertainment center and fill it with your console, games, and accessories – everything you’ll need for total gaming emersion.
For music fans, a decent sound system is a must. If you enjoy joining in, the addition of a karaoke machine could be fun too. For fans of vinyl, a turntable and somewhere to store your records should be top of your list.
Make it personal
To really feel at home in your newly renovated space, you’re going to want to style it your way. You can choose to personalize it with accessories or go the whole hog and give the space a complete floor-to-ceiling revamp.
Think about the atmosphere you’re looking to create. Dark walls will add a den-like quality, while statement wallpapers can add a cozy feel. Throw in some pillows and blankets if you want to snuggle up and get comfy.
Give it a theme by making a feature of the items you will be keeping in there, such as stylish bookshelves, framed albums on the wall, or colorful movie posters.
Getting the lighting right is a must. Too bright, and it will kill the chill, too dim, and you may find most activities will be off the cards. Of course, what will prove to be the perfect lighting will differ depending on the activities you would like to do.
For those needing a decent light to see by, for sewing or reading, for instance, you can still opt for lower lighting in general but also invest in a good lamp to illuminate just where you need it.
If you’re going to be watching the latest blockbuster, why not get voice-controlled lighting so once you have got yourself seated and settled, you can ask for the lights to go off, ready for the flick.
If you would like more light for certain activities and lower lighting for others, you’ll be in complete control by installing a dimmer switch. If changing the electrics is not an option, a good alternative is to dot around some standard lamps and string lights to use when you want to turn the lights down low.
Going for a 1970s feel, chill-out room wouldn’t be complete without a lava lamp or two.
Keep it clean
The last thing you want is the tidying up to undo all the hard work you’ve been putting into chilling out. The best solution is to make sure you have ample storage. If everything has its home, it makes it a doddle to quickly stuff everything back in the right place, ready for the next time.
A good set of drawers will hide away any smaller items, while baskets are a great option for throwing in soft furnishings when they’re not in use. A cabinet is ideal for larger items and, depending on size and design, could make a style statement too.
Door hooks to keep throws and blankets tidy make use of otherwise unusable space, and if you have lots of small parts to store, shelving featuring a range of jars, boxes, and baskets could make for an eclectic feature in the space.
If money is tight, have a look around your house for anything which could be repurposed, or take a trip to the thrift store and see if they have anything which would make a good upcycling project.
You might like to add in some ultimate relaxation gadgets to finish off your room. How about a mini-fridge for drinks and snacks to avoid breaking the chill mood by having to nip to the kitchen for a cool refreshment?
A smart speaker will take the work out of switching appliances on and off, adjusting the lighting, or even getting that burning question answered when there’s no one else around. Meanwhile, an aromatherapy oil diffuser will puff out relaxing scents, and some even have built-in relaxing light settings to really help you destress.
Everyone’s ideas will differ, but most people will agree a comfortable, well-lit, attractive space full of the things you love doing is a pretty good checklist to creating your own personal chill-out space.
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