In today's fast-paced world, finding moments of relaxation and rejuvenation is essential. While spa getaways and vacations offer a break from routine, it's equally important to have your own oasis right at home. As we constantly transform our spaces, it is worth adjusting them to our needs for comfort and relaxation. For the purpose of this article, we call these places “rest stops”. Here, in just 3 steps we share our plan on how to make this process a little bit easier for you.
Step 1: Define Your Restful Retreat
In the very first step, think about your apartment’s potential. Is it providing you with options to add new objects, or do you need to be very careful about any additional changes? Maybe there are less frequently used areas or furniture that needs getting rid of. Identifying these factors will allow you to decide where you want your rest stop to be. Pro Tip: Whenever possible, choose spaces with ample natural light. Sunlight not only elevates the ambiance but also has a positive impact on our mood.
Step 2: Choose Your Preferred Form of Relaxation
reading a book
Your retreats should reflect your lifestyle and interests. If you enjoy a cup of tea while reading, make sure you have a cozy spot for your teacup and books. For reading, you might consider chaise lounge chairs. Sometimes referred to as oversized accent chairs, lounges offer a relaxed and laid-back experience, perfect for unwinding with a good read. Pro Tip: They are best for leisure and resting after a long day or an afternoon nap.
But if you get more relaxed in front of the screen, you might also consider recliners or swivel chairs. While allowing you to adjust your seating position, recliners offer an additional level of relaxation. Take this Leather Air Naples Recliner Chair with high back and well-padded armrest for optimal support and comfort, or this Marianna Recliner Wingback if you prefer velvet fabrics.
Another option are swivel chairs that allow you to easily change your viewing angle. This can be particularly useful if you have a TV mounted on a swivel base or if you want to turn towards different parts of the room. Pro Tip: Choose the ones with a footstool for additional comfort. One of our favourites this season has been this Mirielle Swivel Accent Chair in Sage Green.
mix of different rest activities
If you prefer any other rest activities, why not consider a timeless classic in the world of relaxation: a rocking chair. Rocking in a chair has been proven to effectively reduce stress and anxiety. The gentle back-and-forth motion is inherently soothing and can contribute to a sense of calm. Numerous individuals have discovered that spending just a few minutes in a rocking chair can aid in unwinding after a long and tiring day. Our flagship product is the Brown Galilea Rocking Chair, thoughtfully designed with a tall backrest and supportive cushioning.
Step 3: Choose Soothing Textures
Chenille is another fabric known for its softness. It has a velvety texture with a slightly textured appearance. Chenille upholstery adds a cozy, welcoming touch to your seating. The fabric's durability makes it a practical choice for everyday relaxation, and its tactile quality provides a sense of comfort.
Pro tip: Chairs with a reclining mechanism in chenille fabric tend to produce less noise compared to other upholstery materials (leather), contributing to a quieter and more peaceful seating experience, like our Grey Valencia Recliner Chair.
Velvet is the epitome of luxury and softness. Its dense pile and smooth surface create a plush and inviting feel. The deep colors and sheen of velvet upholstery add an element of sophistication and comfort. Think about this Bottle Green Henley Wingback Chair.
Pro tip: Velvet's unique texture creates an interesting and calming visual contrast when placed in rooms with other materials such as wood, leather, or metal.
For the purpose of evoking sensory elements we suggest boucle and teddy upholstery. Bouclé, with its looped yarns, creates a textured and tactile surface that beckons you to run your fingers across it. Our pick is best-selling Ginerva Wingback Chairs in Sage.
Pro Tip: Boucle and Teddy fabrics introduce a new dimension of sensory delight to your relaxation space
Creating rest stops within your home is a wonderful way to prioritize self-care and well-being. By defining personalized spaces that cater to your relaxation needs, you can transform your living environment into a sanctuary where you can escape, unwind, and find peace amidst life's demands. So, go ahead, embrace the tranquility, and let your home become your ultimate restful retreat.