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How to Create a Stress-free Zone in Your Home

March 16, 2021

Your home should always be a sanctuary, the place where you can retreat from the hectic world, but that doesn't mean chaos can't take over some of your home's most high-traffic areas. We believe that it is important to create a dedicated space in your home where you can clear your mind, focus on your breathing, and leave the stresses of the world behind.

Concerto, North Kiara by Dot Works
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Even if you don’t have an entire room to spare, carving out a corner dedicated to de-stressing is something doable. To get you started, here are some simple tips you can use to create an inviting, relaxing area that can be your new go-to spot whenever you need to take a break to simply relax or to meditate.

1. Find a secluded space

Creating a dedicated corner for de-stressing is less about space and more about picking out and prioritizing an area where you can focus on yourself—even if it’s just five minutes a day.

Scenaria Super Link 2, North Kiara Hill by Amaze Design Sdn Bhd
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So you don’t necessarily need a big house to carve out a peaceful place, but ideally, the spot you pick should offer some degree of privacy. Choose a peaceful space within your home that is free from distractions and has a limited traffic flow. You can create a relaxation corner within your bedroom or living room by sectioning off a room with a folding divider. If you prefer the outdoors, you can consider using your home’s balcony as it provides a secluded shelter or protection that can feel comforting.

2. Keep it clean and minimalistic

To help make your stress-free zone feel like a haven, keep this space tidy and organised. You will feel instantly relaxed and calmer when you enter a clutter-free space, plus it helps to clear your mind.

Taman Sri Gadong, Klang by PINS Studio
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Your furniture choice should also be kept simple. You can consider furnishing this area with a swing or cosy chair, a faux fur rug and a table to hold books, drinks, etc. Avoid overcrowding the space with mirrors, strenuous workout equipment, harsh lighting or electronics as it will counteract the calming effects of the room.

3. Stimulate the senses

A relaxation area should incorporate details that engage with multiple senses, such as sights, sound, smell and touch. A soothing colour scheme like warm white, soft green or blue brings in the sense of lightness and serenity to a room, as does lavender or a light purple. Steer clear of bright, energizing colours such as red, yellow or orange that gives an opposite effect of calm.

Hanna Home, Jadehills Kajang by MIL Design & Construction
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If you live in a city where the sounds of traffic, trains, and sirens are constantly coming through the walls, you can block out these everyday noises by playing soft background music or natural sounds like bird chipping or the sound of the ocean. Playing music or other auditory stimuli such as wind chimes can be very relaxing for many individuals and can help to diffuse distractions.

Setia Mayuri by Sachi Interiors
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To help you unwind, consider adding some pleasing scents such as lavender, vanilla, rose, lavender or jasmine candles or essential oils in the room. Last but not least, deck out the space with some soft textures such as faux fur rugs, plush pillows, cushions and blankets to provide maximum comfort while meditating or relaxing.

Dumalis, Sierra 16 by Klaasmen Sdn. Bhd.
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4. Connect with nature

When designing a relaxation corner, create an environment that allows you to be surrounded by nature. Nature elements like water, wood, greenery and flowers can add to the relaxation factor and make you feel calm and relaxed.

Amarin Kiara, Mt Kiara by GI Design Sdn Bhd
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You can easily do this by decorating your stress-free zone with indoor plants, a flower arrangement or getting a small indoor water feature. You can also decorate the space with images of nature or animals to boost the room’s laid-back vibe.

5. Bring in natural light

When crafting your relaxation corner, pay attention to the lighting as well. For instance, a room that has a lot of natural light will instantly enhance your mood, so consider creating a relaxation area next to a window to allow natural light and breeze to enter the space. This space makes the perfect perch for reading, napping or simply daydreaming where the whole family can enjoy!

Setia Ecohill, Semenyih by SQFT Space Design Management
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