After a long and stressful day at work, it’s always important to be able to unwind. But finding the space to get some much-needed time to yourself can be tricky in a busy and bustling household, particularly when there are kids running around. That’s why it’s worth setting aside a space dedicated purely to chilling out in – but the trouble is finding somewhere that’s suitable, where you can really escape the racket for a while.
Chill-out rooms can also be great places to entertain friends and family – as well as getting away from them when you feel the need for some ‘you’ time. A converted loft, isolated from the rest of the fray, could be the perfect spot for a chill-out zone. Here are our top 10 tips for helping you make the most of it.
- Make sure your chill-out room is well away from the other distractions around the home. If you’re going to relax you need somewhere you won’t be pestered (which is why a loft space would be ideal).
- Think about the mood you want to create. Choosing the right décor and lighting can help in this regard. Blues and greens can help to create a spa-like vibe, while pastel shades also help to keep things relaxed. Muted and subtle lighting can also ensure a laid-back atmosphere.
- Make sure you provide comfortable furniture. After all, it’s going to be difficult to relax if you can’t get comfortable. Plush sofas are great, but make sure you have some bean bags on hand for when you’re entertaining guests in your chill-out room.
- Include a few tables as well so you and any guests have somewhere to put your drinks and any other belongings you might have with you.
- It’s also worth investing in a home entertainment system for your chill-out room. That way, you can kick back with your favourite movies or music until you’re feeling suitably refreshed.
- Think about how you decorate the room. Interesting and quirky objects can add a bit of variety as well as helping you put your own personal stamp on it.
- That said, don’t go overboard. The more objects you have in your chill-out zone, the more effort you’ll have to go to when you’re cleaning it – probably not what you want from a room intended as a chill-out space.
- It’s worth adding some art to the walls of your chill-out space. Paintings can complement the ambience perfectly, although it’s best to avoid anything too intense and striking.
- Consider how you’re going to make use of natural light. If there’s too much natural light pouring into your loft space, it’ll be hard to relax there. Too little and you’ll be relying on artificial light, which can be harsh on the eye. Skylights and Juliet balconies can help you let the light in (and keep it out, when you need to).
- What sort of flooring are you going to go for? Hardwood floors are an old favourite, and thick rugs can add a touch of cosiness.
If you’re thinking of having your loft converted, then the friendly team of experts at Econoloft can help you get the most out of it – however you intend to use the space once the job’s done. Just get in touch with us to make an appointment and we’ll help you make that loft conversion a reality.