Houses may be made up of walls, floors and doors, but a home is so much more than that. It should be a place where you can escape the stresses of daily life, enjoy your surroundings and completely relax.

Here are 10 ways to turn your home into a sanctuary.

1.Furry floors

Polished concrete or timber floors will benefit from a furry rug that feels soft underfoot and encourages a carefree, barefoot home. Shaggy bathmats are also a great idea for bathrooms, adding an extra layer to cold tiles.

2. Textured throws

Layering throws across sofas, armchairs and beds will instantly make your soft furnishings appear extra comfy and at the ready to sink into after a long day. A throw with tassel fringing will do wonders draped over a leather sofa.

3. Pom Poms

These little fluffballs of joy are not only on-trend, but will make the dullest of days seem bright and cheerful, something every sanctuary needs. Pompom garlands look adorable in a kids room, and even practical items can be turned into something playful and fun, like these pom pom storage baskets.

4. Candles & diffusers

Nothing creates a relaxing atmosphere quite like the perfect scent. Setting a base note throughout your home will make your rooms feel more connected and welcoming, with a mood-lifting effect as soon as you walk in the door.. If you’re looking for a new fragrance, Forest Berries & Fig from Circa Home smells beautiful. Try the diffuser in the entrance to set the scene for your sanctuary and candles placed throughout your living and entertaining areas for some added ambience.

5. Cushions

Extra cushions on the bed and sofa is a no-brainer, but any stark, hard surface seating will also benefit from some extra softness. The aim is to make every area of the home a place you could be comfortable for hours. Try adding seat cushions to your dining chairs or a fluffy pillow on your desk chair to make any admin more cheery than dreary.

6. Warm lighting

Just like paint, there are cool white and warm white light bulbs, A warmer white light will emit a softer beam that’s easy on the eyes and creates a restful mood, perfect for the living room. If you don’t want to switch your bulbs, playing around with lamps to create mood lighting or draping materials over their shades can be as equally effective.

7. Teapot time

Nothing says sanctuary quite like curling up on the couch with a hot tea. And using a teapot instead a cup will guarantee you get to stay there longer. Go for something extra colourful and loud from T2, that will make you smile every time you use it..

8. Wall hangings

A blank wall doesn’t offer much to the eye or the mind to escape. Fill it with your favourite family photos to be reminded of fond memories, a piece of art from a favourite overseas trip or a wall hanging that creates interest and spurs your thoughts.

9. Curtains

Adding curtains will allow you to soften outdoor light when you need to quiet your mind, or let the light shine in when you wish to stare outside and daydream. It helps to create a flexible sanctuary that can be changed depending on your mood and needs.

10. Blue

Blue is a calming, tranquil colour and should be your colour of choice when creating a sanctuary, especially in the bedroom. You don’t have to go crazy and paint a whole wall, smaller items like cushions, artwork and rugs can do wonders. If you feel calmest when staring out over the ocean, a photo of the water or horizon would be perfect for the study.

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