This week we’re thinking about relaxing interiors and how to create a space in your own homes that you can retreat to and enjoy! We’re living through a time that means we’re all spending a very large proportion of our lives at home with lots of us not leaving the house to go to work. This means it’s more important than ever before to create a divide between your work life and your home life, and when these two coexist under the same roof the line can feel a little blurred.

It’s vital that we can take a break from work for our mental health – we need to relax and recoup in order to be able to perform in a productive manner when we need to. There are several things you can do to create a space that feels like a sanctuary and we’ve brought our expertise and knowledge in interior architecture and design to help!

Our first tip is to de-clutter. You need room to breathe, not a space that is bombarding you with visual information (or the desire to start tidying!) – Traditionally relaxing rooms such as bathrooms are usually light, clean and relatively minimal with regards to the amounts of ‘stuff’! Apply these rules to your break out space – make it organised, simple and clean.

Add elements that soothe you. This is your touch of ‘Hygge’ – it could be comfy blankets, a rug or some candles – this is a space that facilitates your unwinding and relaxation. We like to think of this as the place you want to curl up and read a book, let your mind wander and do anything but work!

Bring nature to you. We’ve said it time and time again – as interior designers we swear by the positive impact biophilia has it the inhabitants of it’s spaces. Whether it’s artwork, raw materials such as stone or timber or a symphony of houseplants surround yourself with nature.

Make this space feel luxurious – you want to feel like you’re treating yourself. It’s more important than ever to indulge in relaxing and creating an absolute barrier between your work and your play. Enjoy!