How to create a sanctuary at home

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In 2020 we all spent more time at home than we’d probably ever spent before, and it highlighted more than ever how important it is that we create a space within our homes that feels like a sanctuary.

Looking for a silver lining in every not so fabulous situation, the most excellent thing about being home all the time has forced me to really look at where I live, and to look at what is working for me and what isn’t, and where I can make some changes.

So, here are my top tips for creating a sanctuary in the bedroom:

1. You know that gorgeous print you have pinned to your Pinterest board? Take a look at it.  What is it that you really love about it?  It could be the colours, the shapes, the textures…..anything you love about it, write it down.

Now I’m not suggesting in any way shape or form that you copy anything off another artist/photographer/creative (because as a photographer damn it’s annoying when someone copies your work), but you can use some elements of it that that inspire you to create your own version with your own artistic flair in there.

So get yourself a canvas and some paint and get creative.  Painting is a great way to relax, and  I guarantee when you hang it on your wall you will feel amazing knowing that you’ve created your own one of a kind artwork.

2. Another inexpensive way to help make your home a sanctuary, is to get yourself some plants. If you choose to buy more mature plants, you will be paying more money for it.  The upside to this is that the plants are established and they should be pretty hardy, so you can just sit back and enjoy a more finished look to your space.

Alternatively, if you don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend on plants right now, get some baby plants.  Feed them, water them, admire them as they grow, and watch your sanctuary transform as your plants do.

3. Another way to make your room feel like a sanctuary is your lighting. Lighting plays a pivotal role in the ambience of a room.  For a bedroom, you want something functional, soft and beautiful, so make sure your light choice is going to work for what you need in your space.  Candles are also a nice way to have some ambient lighting, but just remember to extinguish them before you go to sleep or leave the room.

4. Sheets are such an important part of the dreamy sanctuary puzzle. This is going to be a contentious topic as there are so many different bedding options out there, but my choice is linen.  I love linen.  It’s as simple as that.  It’s the perfect material for the most dreamy nights sleep.  I love the different colour palettes that are coming out at the moment and there is no rule about matching colours….I currently have a rust quilt cover and terracotta sheets from Bed Threads and the colour combo is divine.  Linen is perfect year round, breathes easy, and feels luxurious.  We spend a lot of our time in our beds so I really relish and appreciate lovely linen.

5. Keep your space tidy. This is a no brainer!  Keep it uncluttered, and clean so that your mind can go into a relaxed state when you walk in.

6. Other things that help my space feel like a sanctuary are my vinyls and vinyl player. Of an evening, I love nothing more than listening to vinyl records and reading a book, journaling or just laying back and listening to the soulful tunes drifting from the vinyl player.  Think about the things that you love, and see if there is some way you can incorporate that into your space.

It really is just all about making your space your own and making it somewhere where you can truly relax.  Do yourself a favour and make at least one room in your homes an absolute sanctuary to switch off, relax and really come back to yourself and the things you love.

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Until next time,

Deb x

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