How To Create a Relaxing Haven at Home

The best escapes aren’t always at a five-star hotel. A well-appointed home can be the place you let go, relax, and indulge in the good life in a style perfectly suited to your tastes. With these relaxing design concepts to spark your imagination, it’ll be easy to cultivate vacation tranquility, whether or not you ever leave the house.

Outdoor home pool
7 Rue des Trois-Manoirs, Chutes-de-la-Chaudière-Est, QC


It’s scientifically proven that being outside lower stress levels, improves focus, and boosts your energy levels. So why limit yourself to one patio space when you can luxuriate on several? Have your breakfast on the terrace, watch the sun go down from the pool, and leave the walls to your bedroom wide open to let the fresh air lull you to sleep.
basement bar and pool table
1343 Blythe Road, Mississauga, ON


Let home be the place that you indulge your childish enthusiasm. Don’t forget about the power of a well-equipped games room, cooling pool, or a funky cocktail bar.
relaxing blue colored living room
206 Bloor St W #502, Toronto, ON


One of the most calming color palettes there is, blue remains top of the list for invoking serenity. At once energizing and therapeutic, ocean blue is the ideal accent for your relaxing haven. And one step better than splashing it on walls or framing it in art is opening your doors to an endless water vista.
living room with natural light
0710 Wood Bay Heights Road, Halfmoon Bay, BC


Nothing does quite as much for design as the color white. Ask any design aficionado and they’ll tell you that the eye typically goes to the brightest part of a composition. And at home, when living areas are awash in pearly brights, the spaces to discover seem endless.
White colored living room with natural light

The formula for your own relaxed haven is quite simple: a little light, some sea-blue accents, open-air living, and the potential for fun. Find your own piece of paradise from these homes.


This article was originally published on Sotheby’s International Realty’s Extraordinary Living Blog (June 30, 2020) and has been adapted for Sotheby’s International Realty Canada’s Insight Blog on November 22, 2023.

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