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Bluestem’s Tips for Creating a Wellness Room

Today, more people are turning inward for rejuvenation and ways to take a break from the everyday stresses of life. Instead of seeking that space elsewhere, you can remodel a room in your own home that supports relaxation and relief. 

While it goes by many names: relaxation room, wellness room, quiet room, they all have the same objective—give their inhabitants a place to recharge. 

What is a Wellness Room?

“Any space that will drop your blood pressure a couple of points when you walk into it,” said Mark Enlow, one of Bluestem’s designers. 

This could be a place to meditate, practice yoga, take up an artistic hobby, work out, or read. 

Bringing Together the Right Elements for Your Wellness Room at Home

This transformation works well within a spare guest room, basement space, or under-used nook of your home. An expert renovation ensures ideal lighting, materials, and configuration for your dream space.

 After all, you want this quiet room to be aesthetically pleasing and functional so you can fully unwind and relax. 

The Sound of Silence (or not)

“You want to consider sound within the space,” noted Enlow. “There are different ways to help control the influence of the outside world so that interior space can be what it aims to be. Approaches for noise control range from deeper construction interventions to acoustic insulation or just surface treatments.” 

While some may crave quiet, others may want to rock out. If you’d like to use this space as a home gym where you can blast ACDC or your favorite TV show, the rest of your household might appreciate a sound barrier. 

Lighting Sets the Tone 

Lighting should help this room do what you want it to do, whether that’s yoga, meditation, running, or weight lifting. 

“I like to disperse the light around the room instead of keeping it centralized,” noted Mark Ferraro-Hauck, a co-owner of Bluestem Remodeling. “A bright light in your face doesn’t allow your eyes and mind to rest. We can eliminate that by installing various light sources throughout the room.”  

Depending on your personal preference, you may want warmer or cooler lights. Take time to experiment to find which tone gives you a sense of ease. 

Before you commit to a wellness space in your home, think about how much natural light it could get. Will that amount make you feel more relaxed? 

Strategic mirror placement can help lift spaces, assist in the functionality of the activity, and distribute light in different ways. 

Pro-tip: don’t want to stare at your reflection but want the added benefit of light disbursement? Less intrusive smoked glass adds a soothing, subtle gesture on the wall. 

Imbuing the Room With Natural Materiality 

“Many people are drawn to natural materials,” noted Enlow. “Elements like wooden floors offer functional versatility, which is great if this room will serve multiple purposes.” 

But you don’t have to stop at the floor. Natural materials on the walls and ceiling allow accent pieces or materiality to surround you in a way that alludes to being outside in a natural environment. 

“You can also use a woven carpet that doesn’t feel synthetic,” added Ferraro-Hauck. “Then, this is a great place to play around with colors and textures on the walls. You can try a darker color on the ceiling. This design choice isn’t typical but can be calming, like creating a weighted blanket out of the room.” 

The Right Layout 

Wellness spaces work well with a dedicated space for free movement —6-8 feet in diameter is a good baseline — allows you to stretch your legs and have a range of motion. 

This room’s placement in the home depends on your current household. If you’re a single person or empty nester, it might be central to your life – in and among your everyday space. Within a more crowded home, you might want a more removed room. 

Health & Wellness Considerations

Comfort is key to relaxation. An element that’s less visual but just as vital is temperature and air quality. What temperatures feel good to you? Sometimes a chill can be invigorating; sometimes, warmth can be rejuvenating. 

For yoga or meditation, we tend to recommend underfloor heating. No one wants to do yoga on a cold, concrete floor. 

You also want good air to breathe, so consider additional air filtration and ionizers, especially if this room will be the basement. 

If you’re concerned about your carbon and chemical footprint, you’ll want to emphasize using natural materials. You may feel uncomfortable in a wellness room built from materials that are full of harmful chemicals or unsustainable for the environment. 

The Most Important Priority: Does the Space Feel Safe to Me? 

A major element that makes people NOT use spaces is their emotional safety. If you create a wellness room that feels safe and secure, you’re far more likely to use it. 

Here’s a simple exercise: Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and envision a space that makes you feel secure. What are you doing in the room? How does it look? 

Spend time imagining this. When you’re done, jot down what you saw on a piece of paper so you can reference it later. Use this as a guide to help you make remodeling design decisions for you and your needs. Don’t worry about the trends (unless they speak to you!) 

Bluestem Understand How Wellness Impacts Your Home (And Your Life) 

Hopefully, these ideas inspire you to create your own personal space. As you’re looking for a transformation that brings your ideas to life, set up a consultation with our Bluestem team.

Our artistic approach to remodeling prioritizes your mental well-being and the synergy between homeowners and their homes. By combining functionality and aesthetics, our remodeling projects align with your specific needs and preferences for a space that’s uniquely yours.

Related Reading: 
Creating Synergy in the Home: Part 1
Creating Synergy in the Home: Part 2

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