5 Things You Need to Make Any Room into a Retreat

5 Things You Need to Make Any Room into a Retreat

Jennifer Hunter
May 30, 2015

Each room in your home serves a different purpose but that doesn't mean that certain spaces have to be all function and no fun. You should be able to enjoy each area of your home and these five things will make sure that everywhere you go chez toi has that little something extra to make you feel right at home.

A comfy place to sit

Some rooms are all about lounging, but everywhere you go at home should have a spot to stop for a sec and take a load off! Think about how you need to sit down to tie your shoes in the entry or have a seat for a kitchen visitor to chat with while you chop.

The right light

You know you need plenty of light in the places you work, but don't neglect any room when it comes to getting a glow. Do you ever want to squint to see your shopping list or shudder at a reflection of your face with weird lit-from-above shadows? No! Make sure every room has at least three different light sources to keep your experience lux.

A piece of personality

No matter what room we're talking about, anyone who comes in should be able to tell it's YOUR bedroom or kitchen, not a bland, anonymous version. Have a hobby? A collection? Show it off! Or just stop playing it safe with your decor and take a risk; every item you choose with your heart will add another layer of your own unique style into your room.


It's so nice to set the mood with music; why wouldn't you take advantage of it everywhere? Think about how much the right music helps stimulate conversation at a dinner party in your dining room or motivates you to keep scrubbing the tub when you're tired of cleaning.

A raison d'être

All the best rooms have a clear purpose, and the way to make even bonus rooms feel special is to assign them one, too. After all, what's more retreat-worthy than deciding that an extra room is your new, huge closet or a craft room? Even rooms with dual-purposes can be carefully organized so every element has a reason to be there and brings you joy.

Now share your secrets! How do you make even functional rooms great places to be?

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