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How To Create A Relaxing Room

With a Little Fabric, a Coat of Paint (and a Touch of Technology)

Cordless natural shades in a living room during the fall season.

Make relaxation an intentional part of your life. One way to do this is by creating a space in your home that is a refuge from the things that stress you out. Here’s a simple recipe for creating surroundings that are conducive to chilling out and escaping from the troubles of the world.

Begin With the Right Color

Bali fabrics.

Color is a powerful way to create mood. Color is so critical for creating a mood that you should dedicate some time to selecting the right hue for your relaxation room. There are a few colors that are widely considered to be more relaxing than others.

Blue is widely considered to be a calming color. Light blues, in particular, are seen as a soothing background color for all types of rooms—and they work especially well in a relaxing home escape. Blue has the advantage of getting along well with all manner of grays, browns, and various tones of a whole range of colors.

There’s something about the color green that puts people at ease. Cool greens can be quite relaxing. And a suite of thoughtful shades of green can produce a harmonious feel.

But there are endless possibilities for coloring a relaxation room. Only you know what colors make you feel at ease. Pinks and pastels of all sorts have their fans. Neutral tones can work quite well for creating a chill vibe. White, with its brightness and clarity, is a favorite for yoga and meditation rooms.

The color is up to you. If you are thoughtful about choosing the right color, you can’t go wrong.

Relaxation Rooms Are Popular

Cordless light-filtering roller shades in a living room during the fall season.

In recent years, an increasing number of households are creating spaces specifically for relaxing. The “Cozy Basics” design trend is all about creating serene spaces and features soft textures and folded fabrics. Earthtones dominate the color scheme. Natural dyes are another important element. A strong feeling of warmth is accentuated in the décor, and there is a tendency towards minimalism rather than clutter—an ideal atmosphere for relaxing.

Matching colors to fit a design trend is easy. But picking up the more subtle elements that set the mood can be trickier. One of the best ways to capture the full aesthetic of a design trend is by using fabric. And window treatments are an ideal way to bring fabric into the mix.

Fabric Sets the Mood

Cordless natural shades in a living room during the fall season.

The fabric of a shade or drapery can express so much. Not only does a fabric bring color into the design scheme, its textures and patterns provide a range of characteristics that combine to evoke a distinct mood. In fact, fabric, more than any other design element, sets the mood.

Fabric window treatments, because of their relatively large size, really play a central role in setting the tone of the room. But they’re important for another reason: light control. The amount of light that is allowed into a room is as important as color, pattern, and texture when creating ambience.

With Bali shades and drapery, you have the full range of options when it comes to light control for your relaxation room. Choose a Bali sheer drapery for the ethereal softness of light that only sheer fabrics can provide. Select a sheer Bali Cellular Shade for a window treatment that gently filters the sunlight but also provides outstanding insulation against heat and cold. Opt for a sheer Bali Roller Shade or a Bali Solar Shade for soft light with the convenience of the roller shade design. Or, choose a Bali Sheer Shade or Bali Layered Shade—their unique designs offer interesting ways to control the light that comes into your relaxation room.

But a relaxation room might need some privacy, too. Sheer curtains and room-darkening drapes are another combination that works well. A sheer cellular shade paired with a set of room-darkening drapes gives you everything you might need, from letting in the morning light so you can read your book to shutting out the light so you can take a quick nap or meditate. In fact, nearly any shade can be combined with drapery to produce a wide-ranging light-control solution.

A Touch of Technology

Bali motorization app on a phone.

Take your light-control solution to the next level with motorization. Motorized shades are the ultimate in convenience and ease—just press a button or touch a screen and you can raise and lower your shade in an instant. (Bali’s motorized bottom up/top down cellular shade is the quietest, smoothest shade you can buy—and the ultimate window treatment for a relaxation room.) And, by integrating your motorized shade into your smart home system, you can program your shades to raise and lower at set times. Your in-home refuge will have the perfect lighting automatically. What’s more relaxing that that?

Relaxation Room Rules

Cordless roller shades in a living room during the fall season.

The best way to maintain your relaxation room’s status is to have some rules. Make it known to everyone in your household that this room is for relaxing—and you define what “relaxing” is. If you don’t want video games and cell phones in the room, make that the rule. If you’re looking for a noise-free zone, establish that as the standard. Of course, it’s difficult to maintain those rules in a home filled with unique individuals. But, by setting some guidelines, you can keep things more peaceful than if you didn’t express your desires for the space.

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