When you don’t have much space for a complete room overhaul, purposely designing a quiet corner of a room can be a great alternative. Nina Etnier, Float Studio cofounder and interior designer, believes that, not only should your space block out distracting noises, but the design should also be kept minimal and “shouldn’t be too complicated or overly stimulating visually.” She adds that adding biophilic elements like plants or organic textures aid in connecting to nature and establishing an overall calming atmosphere.
The jet lag room
If you’re a jet-setter and find it difficult to recalibrate your circadian rhythm upon returning from a whirlwind trip, you may want to follow in the footsteps of another Studio Indigo client and create a room exclusively for jet lag recovery. “The jet lag room was dark, isolated, and soundproofed, designed specifically to induce better sleep,” Kandutsch says. To go the extra mile, they added fabric-lined walls, a starry-sky lighting design on the ceiling, and set the room’s temperature at a consistent 60 degrees.
The hobby room
Designating a room or space in your home just for crafting, painting, knitting, or any activity that takes you away from everyday routines and grounds you in the present is always a good idea. “Devoting an entire room to the pursuit of creative work can contribute to wellness,” Bernard says. “We once created a Lego room for a Lego-building aficionado,” Kandutsch says. “[It] turned out to be a fantastic place for our client to go and completely disconnect, which in turn helped a lot with his mental health.”
The bathroom oasis
When the budget is a concern, simply adding objects that invite comfort to the bathroom and encourage a slow-down is always a great option. “If you’re wanting to create a spa-like escape, invest in nice towels, a beautiful bathrobe, and products that you love,” suggests Jenni Kaynen, a lifestyle expert who has mastered the art of easy California living. “Add in a candle…. It’s all about mindfully making room for whatever self-care means to you.”