Everyone knows the saying, “Home Sweet Home”. Generally, a home has a sense of belonging, safety and relaxation. It is the designer’s role to understand how a client views their home, as we all have our own concept of how it should look and feel; a home is personalized and brings out the individuality of the homeowner.

Home is a place to destress and relax; a safe haven that provides privacy, security and reduces stimuli from the outside world.  From the architecture, the decor, the landscaping; all aspects of your home are forms of personal expression. Each has an impact on the overall feel for the residence.

There are many ways to incorporate relaxation throughout a home. Below are some tips to consider when designing and renovating:

1) Visual Privacy

  • Architecture: Many people like to have their home designed with an open concept in mind, however that offers unobstructed views from the outside. An idea to provide privacy but maintain the open concept throughout the main floor is to enclose the entry door from the rest of the house with a partially enclosed foyer.  

  • Window coverings will provide privacy from the outside; the smaller the percentage of openness, the less one can see through. Keep in mind, window treatments that are not considered black-out, do not provide privacy at night. If you’re in need of complete privacy, opaque curtains are required.

  • Landscaping: Planting hedges along the front of the house, mainly in front of windows, will obstruct views to the inside. For additional privacy, fences are always a good way to distant neighbours from looking into the house. As a bonus, natural elements throughout the interior and exterior of a home will enhance relaxation.

2) Noise Stimuli

  • Architecture: High ceilings add a sense of luxury and appeal to a home, but they intensify noise levels. Maintain the grand look & feel of high ceilings in communal spaces but lower the ceilings in hallways to help reduce noise from travelling.

  • Interior Décor: Area rugs, curtains and textured finishes will absorb sound waves from echoing. Various textures do not only reduce noise levels but adds personalization to reflect the home owner’s life experiences and sense of ownership, which in turn makes a house feel like home.

  • Landscaping: Plants have many beneficial factors and noise reduction is one of them. Interior and exterior plants will aid in blocking noise due to their various textures (leaves, floral & branches). Planting multiple arrangements along a wall (interior or exterior of the house) is best for sound reduction rather than a plant displayed in the centre of a space.  

At Studio 64 Designs Inc., we can help create your safe haven through architecture, interior décor and landscaping. Email for inquiries!

Stephanie Haddad