Your home is a place for you to relax and unwind. And in the warmer months, you might want to kick back a little extra. Whether you’re basking in that spring air and preparing for the warmer months ahead or you’re already lounging in the sweltering heat, you deserve a place you can feel like you’re on vacation, no matter what day of the week it is.
You deserve to come home from work — or log in to your workplace — with a sense of relaxation. And whether you own your home or you’re renting a place you adore, you can create a summer retreat wherever you are.
Everybody’s home is different, which means you most likely will have your own needs and desires to consider when filling your home with things that bring you joy. No matter what your taste may be, there are so many ways you can turn your home into the ultimate personalized retreat center this summer — for you, as well as your guests.
Here are just a few of the ideas you can try out while you see what works for you.
- Put Lavender in Your Pillow
If you’re looking to go to sleep and wake up completely relaxed and calmed, lavender is a great natural herb to assist in capturing that feeling. Not only does leaving a bit of lavender in your pillow leave you feeling calm and serene, but it also gives you a sweet boost of aromatherapy.
- Open Your Windows…
Speaking of aromatherapy and things smelling absolutely lovely, opening up your windows can be a great first step in making your entire space smell like summertime. Not only do open windows let in fresh-smelling air, but they also air out any dingy-feeling rooms in your home.
- …But Close the Shades
However, if you open up your windows, closing the shades is probably ideal. The perfect summer retreat is sure to have privacy and comfort, so you can completely relax without any fear of the neighbors peering in.
- Put On Some Meditation Music
The soundscape is another important part of the summer retreat experience. Sometimes, choosing the perfect music can be overwhelming, and that’s why chakra meditation music can be so great. Simply pick any chakra you want to work on — or even multiples at once — and put on a playlist of relaxing ambient sound.
Summer retreats have an air of clean sophistication to them. Of course, your home will always be your home, never a hotel, but you can still declutter and create a fresh, clear space to exist in this summer. Cleaning up can help you feel more at peace in your space, and you can start little by little, and one room at a time.
- Get a Salt Lamp
When it comes to lamps and lighting, you could go for standard lighting solutions, but you can also get a few salt lamps, which are sure to give you some warm fuzzies in addition to lighting your way. Not only that, but the negative ions they release can even put you in a better mood.
- Place Some Eucalyptus in the Bathroom
A huge part of turning your home into a summer retreat is the relaxation you can experience in the bathroom. When you’re showering or lounging in the tub, some simple hanging eucalyptus can act as a decorative accessory while also smelling lovely.
- Dim the Lights
If your home has brighter lights or lamps, turning the brightness down can give a much more serene vibe to your home. It’s all about tailoring the lighting to match the mood, and dim lighting is often chill and calm throughout the day.
- Get Some Floor Pillows
This can be especially great if you have an open space in your home where the floor is clear, but floor pillows can work to enhance any space. If you happen to have a low table or a floor table, this can make the need for some cushioning on the ground even more apparent. Even getting a few comfy floor cushions for meditation, relaxation, and lounging around can be great.
- Use Feng Shui
If you’re interested in creating a positive, energetic flow in your space, getting to know the basics of feng shui could be a great asset to your process. Feng shui works to create life-affirming and energetic movement in any room using positioning and elemental energy. While there are plenty of resources and professionals out there, starting with the basics is usually best.
- Diffuse Essential Oils
While lighting candles and burning incense are great ways to make your home smell nice and fresh, essential oils allow you to choose any scent you want and experience all the benefits of that oil. Not only that, but many diffusers light up in different colors and become an active part of any room. You can find a few favorite oils, combine scents, and try out new options regularly.
- Put On a Cup of Tea
Another great factor in summer retreats is the selection of great snacks and drinks! While there are always opportunities to order in some nice takeout or cook yourself a great meal, an excellent (and quick!) solution might be to put on a cup of tea and relax with it. On those summer mornings where things are a bit chilly, a nice warm cup of green or ginger tea can really hit the spot.
Your Perfect Summer Home
You deserve to chill out and relax this summer. And by creating a relaxing, calming environment in your own home, you can strive for the chilled-out feeling you deserve.
Of course, everyone is different, and so is every home. There are so many different ideas and possibilities out there, from salt lamps to feng shui. Plenty of the ways you can turn your place into a summer sanctuary are actually quick and easy, which means you can knock them out in time to kick back and relax with a drink in hand.
How do you plan to prep your place for summer?