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The rise of the silent space: Creating a peaceful room in your home

Shaynna Blaze explains why creating a quiet haven in your home has its benefits.

The immediacy of the world in which we live means nobody can escape technology these days - good news, bad news, fake news.

It’s no wonder people have started seeking out a safe haven where they can escape from it all within the safety of their picket fence.

Be it a tranquil room inside the four walls of your home where you can switch off from the world, or a spot in the garden that grants you a bit of peace and quiet, a silent space has become a priority for many people today.

How you like to flip the switch to silent will define which room you choose as your oasis, and how you set it up.

A silent room could be a bedroom sanctuary, a luxurious bathroom experience, a music room haven, a secluded balcony, or pergola refuge.

Here’s what you need to consider when shutting yourself off from the world:

Your requirements

First step is to establish what you’re looking for from a silent space. Are you the only person who’s going to access it, or will you share it with the whole family? Is it a place for you to decompress, or somewhere your family can get together without the distractions of televisions and mobiles?

The location

Choose a spot away from the front of the house to avoid road noise and, if you have noisy neighbours try to steer clear of their side of the house as well. If you have no option but to locate your room near a noise source, consider planting screening trees that will grow above window height that will create a high hedge and absorb sound.

Door

If you’re going for a closed door space, make sure you have a foam seal around the door to reduce outside noise, a privacy lock on the inside (if you feel you need it) and make the finishing touch a ‘do not disturb’ sign hung on the outside so there’s no mistaking you’re serious about your quiet!

Acoustics

Look for hard, glossy or shiny surfaces within your chosen space and eliminate them! Materials like tiles, glass and leather will bounce sound around which is not what you’re looking for when you’re pursuing silence.

Furnish your space with absorbent, soft-furnishings and fabric-based items like rugs, textile wall treatments, cushions, curtains, upholstery, throws, and towels (in the bathroom).

Lighting

The way you approach lighting in your silent space will depend on the space you select. Light can travel through curtains, so in a bedroom consider cassette roller blinds to achieve total black out, or make sure your curtains extend past the architrave for full block out.

Think about installing dimmers on your light switchers, sensors on lights, or the really luxe option: remote controls on blinds or curtains. If you’re looking to create a beautiful daylight glow, use soft sheer window coverings to diffuse natural light, and light your room with floor or table lamps rather than overhead fittings to achieve a soft, gentle glow.

The rules

Keep it strict. No TV, no audio, no mobile phones, no outside noise, and no non-family members! That doesn’t mean your family has to take a vow of silence to be permitted entry. Your room might simply be a place to cut out the outside world and its distractions, and focus on reconnecting with one another.

 
 

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