Laptops, smartphones and tablets: technological devices are everywhere these days and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to switch off, even when you’re not at work. If this scenario sounds all too familiar, you’ll love the new Escapism trend.
It’s all about getting away from technology and creating offline zones at home where you can relax, unwind and enjoy a little me-time. Escapism is also great for pure, unadulterated family time without the constant distractions of screens.
Now you might be thinking that it’s impossible to have a cosy nook in your home without getting the builders in and extending. In fact, the opposite is true. All you really need is some kind of seating and a way of separating a section of a room from the rest of the house. Even the cupboard under the stairs has the potential to be a snug for reading or listening to music.
Find your space
If you have a large, open-plan living room, it’s easy to create a dedicated area for relaxation by using a room divider such as a large bookcase. In smaller spaces, a simple folding screen will do the job just as well.
Think creatively when it comes to seating. Do you have a bay window? They make the perfect window seats, which are incredibly practical too because you can incorporate storage into them. A day bed, hanging chair or even a hammock are all ideal for lounging about. If space is at a premium, choose a floor cushion instead. Don’t forget to add a lamp to ensure there’s sufficient light for reading.
Create a tech-free zone
Why not dedicate your conservatory as a tech-free zone? If you have young children or grandchildren, keep a box of colouring and drawing materials there, as well as mini binoculars for watching the birds and other wildlife. For yourself, invest in comfortable chairs with cosy throws and cushions in tactile fabrics.
Make sure there’s storage for books, magazines and music, and add a few of your favourite things to make it really seem like your own space. Now you can relax and put your feet up, knowing you’ve created the ultimate escape in your own home!