Living Spaces

Peaceful spaces

Written by Shereen Lurie

Designing a tranquil lounge involves careful consideration of colours, textures and lighting to foster relaxation and peacefulness. Discover how to create a serene space.

Calming colour palette

“Creating a tranquil lounge begins with a thoughtful approach to design and decor. I start by selecting a calming colour palette of soft, neutral tones like earthy grey, taupe, or beige to promote serenity. I then introduce accent colours inspired by nature, such as shades of blue and green. Natural materials like wood and stone enhance the organic feel, and I love incorporating sheer curtains, folding shutters, or sheer weave roller blinds to invite sunlight into the space.” – Jocelyn Jones, founder and director of Jossi Design, and director of the IID (The African Institute of the Interior Design Professions)

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Furniture arrangement

“Furniture selection and arrangement are key. I opt for comfortable yet stylish pieces with clean lines and minimalistic designs to avoid clutter, arranging them to encourage relaxation and conversation. I then integrate strategically placed decor items: accent vases, soft textures like plush rugs, cosy throws, and tactile cushions add warmth and comfort. Personal touches such as artwork, photographs, or cherished objects evoke positive emotions, making the living room a sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation.” – Jocelyn Jones, founder and director of Jossi Design, and director of the IID (The African Institute of the Interior Design Professions)

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Introduce nature into your home

“The easiest way to incorporate a more tranquil living space is by introducing nature-inspired colour tones and materials into your home. Plants release oxygen, purifying the air and creating a cleaner, more restful ambiance. Popular choices for houseplants include spider plants, aloe, and Chinese evergreen. You can also utilise paint to bring elements of nature into your space. Consider painting a focal wall with a forest green shade or a mural depicting a serene landscape. Natural hues can evoke feelings of tranquility and connection with the environment, enhancing your mindfulness practice.” – Palesa Ramaisa, Dulux colour expert


Focus on comfort and minimalism

“Use comfortable, plush seating such as oversized sofas or armchairs with soft cushions and fabrics to promote relaxation. Maintain a clutter-free and organised space. Opt for furniture with clean lines, avoiding overcrowding the room with excessive decorative items. This not only makes the space more visually peaceful but also ensures physical comfort and ease of movement. Leave ample space between furniture pieces for maneuverability, and arrange seating to face or surround a central point, such as a coffee table or fireplace, to foster intimacy and connection. This deliberate arrangement can transform the lounge into a tranquil retreat” – Loredana Morton, interior designer and owner of Loredana Morton Interiors

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