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How to turn your (small) space into a sanctuary

How to turn your (small) space into a sanctuary

New research reveals 50% of us don't get enough time to ourselves. It's time to add balance back into our lives.

Home is supposed to be a calming place. But with the consistent trend of working from home, things are only getting more complicated. Same goes for anyone living in a studio apartment: When most of your life takes place in the same sweeping room, where do you go for a moment of serenity? Answer: Anywhere you want.

Inspired Wallpaper's design manager, Rebecca Baddeley, says: 'By blurring the lines between work and rest, it can be hard to switch off.' If you associate your home with working, it's easy to get stuck in the trap of working when you should be relaxing.

Below, you'll find our top tips for creating a sanctuary in your space, no matter how big or small. 


Tune in your other senses.

Naturally, we’re the most concerned about what we see visually when we’re dealing with a room. But the difference between a pretty space and a gratifying one can be found in the other senses–smell, sound and touch. Use incense, Palo Santo, candles, or room spray to give your space a signature scent. Play up different textures in those places – lighting, accent chairs, coffee table decor – where you’ll spend the most time. 


Add greenery.

Indoor plants don't just look good; they can also make us feel healthier and happier. When creating a home sanctuary, bringing the outdoors inside is a great way to add life to an otherwise monotonous space. Along with the added appeal of some fresh greenery, plants help out by cleaning our indoor air of toxins and producing fresh oxygen. Below are some of my favorite plants for indoors. 

Pro tip: If there’s a farmers market near you, pick up some local flowers for an added touch!


Play into color.

Do you feel anxious in a yellow room? Does the color blue make you feel calm and relaxed? Artists and interior designers have long believed that color can dramatically affect moods, feelings, and emotions. "Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions," the artist Pablo Picasso once remarked. 

Several ancient cultures, including the Egyptians and Chinese, practiced chromotherapy, or the use of colors to heal. Chromotherapy is sometimes referred to as light therapy or colorology.

Colorology is still used today as a holistic or alternative treatment. 


Red is used to stimulate the body and mind and to increase circulation.

Yellow is thought to stimulate the nerves and purify the body.

Orange is used to heal the lungs and to increase energy levels.

Blue is believed to soothe illnesses and treat pain, and to create a sense of comfort. 

Indigo shades are thought to alleviate skin problems.


Room colors/decor can also be used to evoke specific moods, such as painting a bedroom a soft green to create a peaceful mood, or adding a splash of terracotta to bring inspiration.

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