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To say that we've become homebodies in the past couple of years is a bit of an understatement. We've all spent much more time indoors, and our homes have become much more than what we come back to after a long day. They've become a refuge away from the stress of daily life, where we work and where we take care of ourselves.
Looking after our mental and physical health has become a priority, and even now things are getting back to normal our well-being is still important. World wellbeing week is almost here, and we're getting into the spirit of things! Back for its fourth year, World Wellbeing Week 2022 is all about practising the 5 ways to well-being: connect, get active, keep learning and give to others.
There are a host of ways to take care of your wellbeing, and here at Taylor's on the High Street, we believe that your home is a big part of it. Using interior design to create a relaxing atmosphere isn't new, but there is a new home decor trend on the scene that takes calming interior design to the next level.
Emotional escape rooms are predicted to take off in a big way this year, but what exactly are they and how can you create one of your own?
What Are Emotional Escape Rooms?
Tipped to be one of the biggest home decor trends for 2022, emotional escape rooms are all about carving a space away from the rest of your home that helps you get in touch with yourself and, well, escape from everything that stresses you out.
"If you need a place to go to feel all the feels, there’s a room for that. People will plan their great (indoor) escapes and designate rooms in their homes to decompress, vibe and rage" - Pinterest
The best thing about this trend is that these rooms can come in many different forms, and rather than sticking to a predetermined scheme, you can get creative and make a room unique to you. If you're in need of some inspiration, we have tips on how to create the perfect safe space for reducing stress and helping you live well.
How To Create An Emotional Escape Room At Home
If you have a spare room or one that could do with a revamp that you're not sure what to do with, then making an area for an emotional escape room won't be an issue. However, even if you're tight on space there are plenty of ways to carve out your own calming area. Even nooks and crannies can be made useful with the right furniture.
If you have an outdoor space, even better. Getting in touch with nature and enjoying some natural light is fantastic for your mental and physical health. Many people are even turning neglected garden sheds into a secret haven. There aren't any requirements for an emotional escape room, it's all about finding a space that works for you!
Whether you want a bright room filled with bold decor or a minimalist oasis of neutral colours, emotional escape rooms are their best when they cater to you. We've noticed a few popular kinds of these rooms emerging, so if you need some examples look no further.
Is there anything better than popping your feet up and losing yourself in a good book? While home library ideas usually conjure images of sprawling bookcases and dark academic decor, you don't need a lot of space to indulge in some escapism. Tiny library rooms are taking the interior design world by storm, and it's easy to see why.
A small library designed for relaxation can work wonders for your mental wellbeing, allowing you to switch off from the outside world and chill out. The first step is finding a cosy armchair that makes curling up with a book as comfortable as possible. The Julian Bowen Inca Chair is a great option, with bold blue upholstery and stylish soft curves.
Of course, you'll need a good bookcase that can hold all your favourite reads. This open display unit has a rustic and down to earth feel and has more than enough room for books. If you need some more personal library ideas, we suggest adding some wall art like the aptly named The Library by Sabrina Roscino.
You don't even need a room to make a reading space, as book nooks can fit neatly in corners in your living room or bedroom. All you need is a good chair and a small bookcase. We also recommend adding a small rug to section off the space from the rest of the room and add a touch of cosiness.
Interior design for mental health is not a new concept, but designing your home with your well-being in mind is important. There are many ways to practice mindfulness, and in the past couple of years, many people have turned to meditation as a way to stay grounded and handle stress.
Clearing your mind is much easier when you have your own space to do it in, which is why creating a meditation themed room is one of the biggest wellness trends of 2022. You'll need a quiet place, free from distraction. Minimalism is key, so neutral paint shades from the Little Greene Paint Company are a must.
Add some comfort with soft furnishings like cushions, and a high pile rug to create a relaxing environment. You can even add some neutral finishing touches such as the Silhouette Face Ceramic Vase. Maintaining a stress-free environment is key, so stick to calming shades and soft lines and textures.
Hobby Centric Corners
Taking up a hobby is becoming more popular than ever, with many of us picking up skills to pass the time during lockdown. Whether you've tested out your green thumb or picked up a musical instrument, hobbies can actually have heaps of benefits for your mental wellbeing.
Having a hobby is a great way to destress, and having a space dedicated to them is even better. Searches for music-themed rooms have skyrocketed, and are a great addition for music lovers and budding musicians alike. However, you can even create a space for any creative outlet.
Art studios are a fantastic way to express yourself and work through anything that causes stress, as well as craft spaces. Keeping everything you need for your pastimes can help lead to a calming atmosphere that gets you in the best headspace.
Adding storage solutions such as the Bentley Designs Scandi Oak Sideboard ensures you can keep your sheet music, wool or anything else you need close to hand and decrease clutter.