A relaxation corner can be an incredible addition to your home. Whether for aesthetics or meditation purposes, a relaxation corner sets an atmosphere of calm and peace while giving a modern twist to your interior decoration. Many opt for relaxation corners perpetuating the general theme of the home, while others use it to break the overall style. Regardless of your preference, the space needs to be reflective of your own tastes. In order to be fully-functional, you must feel most at ease in the space. To achieve that, you ought to choose colors that relax you, furniture that alludes to themes you find pleasant and stimulating statement pieces.
Designing your relaxation corner
Careful planning ensures your relaxation corner doesn’t end up crammed with pieces that do not complement each other. It is crucial to note all relaxation corners need to have one main piece, preferably a couch, massage chair, or even hamac, and other pieces that surround it. The main purpose of this statement item is comfort. The other furniture will merely re-enforce the atmosphere of serenity and calm, encouraging you to meditate in restorative silence.
It is also advised to choose color themes ahead of your decoration, as color clashes may irritate rather than relax you. It has been found that Green and Blue are generally the most relaxing colors – green suggests nature while blue, the cool of night – while violets, yellows and pinks may have a stressful effect. Beige and white are generally neutral, so tend to be the most popular choice of color for the main piece.
To relax rather than overwhelm, the other pieces surrounding the statement furniture should be minimal in size, and each have a significance – perhaps a story or a holiday memory attached to them. Others simply choose plants, as greenery increases the oxygen content of the air (a natural relaxant) and reduce feelings of entrapment even in crammed city buildings.
Establishing meditation needs
Meditation corners differ depending on their nuanced purposes. For instance, some consider the most relaxing form of meditation to be sitting in stern silence and rigidity, picturing their happy place. For this, hard futon or cushions placed directly on the floor may do the trick. Others love to enjoy a short nap, which enables them to get their minds back into perspective and alleviate stress. For this, hamacs are an impeccable choice. They are also relatively cheap and add an exotic appeal to your design.
Most people, however, have more traditional preferences. Reading, reflecting on their day or listening to music is the most relaxing way to unwind after a long day. For this, large chairs with generous cushioning are the best option. They can be topped up with additional pillows, covers and throws that add to the coziness of the corner.
Furthermore, should you be stressed, massage chairs may do you a world of good. The therapeutic benefits of massages include: muscle loosening, better sleep, higher energy levels, lower stress levels and better blood circulation. The relief you may get with this professional stiffness-reliever is generally the peak of relaxation.
Choosing a statement piece
All statement pieces have their advantages and inconveniences. They range in costs, designs and purposes. However, they must all have this in common: providing you with a comfortable, quiet place to sit.
Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, large chairs tend to suggest comfort and peace. They are ideal for resting, snuggling up with a good book or even meditating. They are easily personalized with the use of cushions or drapes, as well as rugs they may be placed on. When choosing a large chair, it is advised to go for a demure color. That way you will have free reign on the cushions you use. It may also be fun to choose rugs or drapes characteristic of your ideal travels – colors which suggest orient, ethnic patterns reminiscent of Africa or even rich golds of the mediterranean sea. That way, you are sure to add a touch of spirit and exoticism to your relaxation space while creating a theme that will make for pleasant daydreams.
When choosing the material for the chair, you need to be more practical than inspired. Thick threaded textures are usually harder to clean. Leathers are often the most aesthetically pleasant, but tend to be unforgiving of most stains. Furthermore, you must note that while white and beige are serene, neutral colors, they are easily soiled. You must ensure, prior to purchasing a chair, knowing how to handle its upkeep.
Hamacs are retro trends that add a tropical touch to an otherwise modern design. The advantage of a hamac is that it is easy to set up, comfortable and usually cheap. Hamacs come in a variety of textures, colors and designs. They can easily be removed, washed and replaced and create fluidity in the room. Hamacs are a particular must if you wish to use your relaxation time to have a quick nap or even to read while at your most comfortable.
However, hamacs tend to take a lot of space as they have to be suspended from one corner to another, from a distance long enough to have an adult lie comfortably. They also don’t fare well around other statement furniture as, being somewhat eccentric, can easily make a décor seem flamboyant or overwhelming.
Massage chairs are potentially the most comfortable and therapeutic furniture available on the market. Not only are they scientifically tested to ensure they lead to effective relaxation, but they also have sleek, modern designs that call for comfort while suggesting style and chic. Whereas you may otherwise need several items to create a comforting relaxation space, massage chairs all by virtue of their knot-removal techniques and rich leather, make for immediate relief.
As we all know, massage chairs are motorised and are a great retreat after a long day at work, but there are various massage chairs for different kinds of relaxation and/or therapeutical needs. The more professional massage chairs, such as the popular Inada massage chairs, are considered to be at the higher-end scale, however they provide the most options to their users thanks to their intricate and professional massage techniques.
Keep This In Mind
Whatever furniture you use in your relaxation space, comfort (both mental and physical) is key. Whether you choose to invest on expensive items or go for more modest pieces – the design of your space needs to be reflective of your needs, tastes and desires.
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