Ideally, the home is a place where we can relax away from the busy noise of the outside world. Of course, it doesn't always quite work out like that, with a hundred and one things to do, and the needs and wants of all household members to be taken into account.
But despite the many roles a home has to perform, there are some definite ways to bring about a calm and soothing atmosphere. Here are a selection of great ways to help build up a relaxing feel about the place.
Lighting is a key area to consider when hoping to make the home a bit more relaxing. Having different offerings of subdued and shaded light in different positions is usually preferable to an overpowering central light.
The Transloetje Table Lamp, Orange (above)from innovative design house Fatboy is a great way of bringing in a refined offering of lighting in the home. Calling to mind an old-style lamp, the light combines a vintage influence alongside state of the art technology. Peace of mind is offered by the EU Energy Rating of A++, which works with a cordless and rechargeable capability to provide a wonderful source of light for a study, lounge or bedroom.
Scents and perfume items are closely related to ideas and feelings of relaxation. Using scented candles, incense burners or sprays are a good way to add a different dimension of calm to the home.
The above Villa Collection Fragrance Candle, Set of 3 offers a beautifully sense of serenity and calm. Capable of producing a beautiful aroma in any room they are used, the candles combine a variety of delicate notes to sooth and relax.
Rugs and Throws
Nothing sums up relaxing at home more than getting comfy on the sofa with a warm blanket or rug. Keeping a creatively designed throw handy is a great step to take for a cosy feel about the place.
The Melange Knit Throw has been designed by Marc O'Polo provides a lovely feel and texture for relaxing. With a production making use of 100% soft cotton, the throw is a welcome offering of sophisticated style and comfortable calm.
What could be more comforting that a cushion? The homeware items incorporate pure softness and relaxation within a creative and artistic cover. Often a calling card for designers to try out new patterns and style, the humble cushion has exactly what it takes to make a home both relaxing and stylish.
Orla Kiely is one such design house with a love of comfortable refinement in the shape of cushions. The above Blossom Flower Cushionshowcases the famous floral imprint on a cushion of a perfect colour gradiation and contrast. Using reversible sides of olive green and duck egg blue, the cushion offers a stylish invitation to chill out and relax.