Is your life getting too chaotic? Are you dying for a place where you can be alone with your thoughts and unwind after a long day? We all crave some peace and quiet every now and then, but visiting a cliff overlooking the ocean (you know, like in those movies where the main character has a picturesque hiding place near a waterfall or in the middle of the forest where they go to think) might be out of reach for most of us.

However, to take sanctuary from the outside world and its intrusions you don’t have to leave your home at all. With a couple of tips, you can create a special spot in your house that is your private haven. Whether you decide to build it under the staircase (Harry Potter style), in the attic, in the basement, or someplace else, you will be surprised just how easy it is to escape without actually going out the door. All you need is to make some adjustments, surround yourself with your favorite things, and start enjoying your new private space.

Choose a color palette

And it doesn’t have to match your living room or the rest of the house. Keep in mind that this nook is supposed to help you remove yourself from your ‘other’ life full of chores and obligations, so make it as comfortable for you as possible. Choose colors for the walls, furniture, and rugs that will help you relax and unwind after a long day. If you love to read, colors such as brown and forest green can set the right tone. If you wish to be inspired, make sure you add something red to the room, and don’t avoid greens and blues if the soothing vibe is what you are going for.

Add comfy furniture and decorative elements

Before you start browsing for new furniture pieces, decide what the purpose of your private corner is. If you wish to read here in peace, a large chair with fluffy pillows should be on your shopping list. In case you just want to rest and unwind, bring a comfy couch to the place. If you wish to have a place where you can play your games in peace for hours, a gaming chair and a large desk are a must. Add a personal touch with your collectibles, fresh flowers, pictures, or framed posters. Keep in mind that online you can find anything, like these authentic buffalo skulls for sale. Therefore, decide what you want for your décor, and then go and get it.

Remove the clutter

This place is your sanctuary, so it shouldn’t have anything that doesn’t inspire you or enrich the area in some way. Each thing should have its purpose, so make sure you get rid of the unnecessary clutter. Throw out the trash, old papers, or trinkets you don’t really love. When adding books make sure to arrange them neatly, and create a designated space for your knick-knacks.

Make space for your loved ones

Not literally, this is after all your private space. However, being surrounded by those who love you and care about you is comforting and inspiring, so frame photos of your friends and family and place them on a side table. You can also create an animated collage of your favorite photos and showcase it on your computer’s wallpaper.

Pay special attention to lighting

Lighting should not be underestimated, since it can set a relaxing, comforting mood, or give your space that hospital-y vibe. Therefore, install a dimmer switch or place a small lamp on your coffee table that will help you create a warm atmosphere.

With these simple tricks, you can easily convert one corner of your home into your own peaceful oasis.

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