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10 simple ways to turn your home into an oasis

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When it comes to our homes, we generally want a space that is soothing, tranquil and restorative to our psyche and mental state. Living in Hong Kong, we’re constantly confronted with a fast-paced lifestyle, which can truly take its toll on stress levels. To combat this, you need a place of solace—an area to retreat, get away and rest. When decking out your dwelling, you will most likely want to alter your home from hectic to harmonious. This might sound tricky, but a few easy modifications can turn your abode into paradise.

Creating a calm, peaceful and well-designed interior is simple when you have the right tips, tricks and inspiration. Escape the manic metropolis by fashioning your dwelling into an area of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. For a few handy hints read on below!

1. Connect with the outdoors

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GW's RESIDENCE

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For your home to feel relaxing and idyllic, you need to ensure there is a good airflow throughout the rooms. This can be achieved through a connection with the outdoors. Open up your home to a balcony and terrace, and let the air travel into the different regions of your abode.

2. Add something organic

Indoor plants work brilliantly to bring a sense of nature and elegance to an indoor space. Share your home with a couple of frondescent buddies, and you'll be sure to impart a refined and idyllic aesthetic.  

3. Employ relaxing furniture and accessories

Relaxing furniture might include a hammock, shown in the example above. Conversely, you may wish to incorporate a really comfortable armchair. Either way, you should work towards adding items that promote relaxation and comfort, such as floor cushions, rugs and other soft furnishings. 

4. Focus on your bathroom's design

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MJ's RESIDENCE

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Your bathroom is an oft-neglected space within the home, but it needn't be. Look at your wash space's design and implement changes to the fittings and fixtures to ensure it is sumptuous, spa-like and relaxing. 

5. Ensure you have a sumptuous sleeping space

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BI's RESIDENCE

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A good sleeping space is essential if you home is to become the oasis of your dreams. Look for sumptuous bedding, a pillowtop if necessary, and adorn it with throw cushions and extra blankets to cosy up with.

6. Highlight things that make you happy

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Magazine editorial—House in Sai Kung by Millimeter

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Sure, we might not all have a brand new red Ferrari to show off, but there is undoubtedly something special in your home that you treasure and cherish. Show it off, keep it in a space that will be seen, and make yourself smile when you see it. 

7. Embrace natural light

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GW's RESIDENCE

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Natural light is soothing and calming, and perfect for your Hong Kong home. Embrace natural light by opening windows, employing sheer curtains, and generally increasing your dwelling's illumination. 

8. Cut the clutter in your home office

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BI's RESIDENCE

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As all professionals know, a cluttered home is a stressful home. Cut that clutter, beat the mess, and clear the chaos by taking a little time to remove any unnecessary junk from your life. 

9. Utilise your balcony or terrace

Your balcony or terrace is your own private slice of outdoor life. Make the most of it by decking it out with the right furniture, and start using it as a place of relaxation and meditation, away from the hustle and bustle below. 

10. Create air flow and beat the heat with fans

You know that oppressive Hong Kong summer heat? You need to beat it with ceiling fans and freestanding fans. In order for your home to feel enjoyable and idyllic, it needs to be a pleasant temperature! 

Did any of these tips provide a little inspiration to renovate and rejuvenate your own home? If you'd like to continue reading, we think you'll enjoy: 8 chic storage solutions for your living room

Do you see any essentials missing from our list? Add your contribution to the comments below!
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