Sometimes as a parent it’s nice to have a place of your own, to relax and unwind.

Whether you’re hoping to work your parents retreat into an extended part of your bedroom, or you want to transform your spare room/guest room into your own little oasis, there are plenty of ideas to help get you started.

The most important thing to remember is that you don’t need to have an entire room dedicated to your parents retreat if you don’t have the space. Many people don’t have the luxury of spare rooms to use in this way, but this doesn’t mean you have to miss out.

Guest rooms are ideal to use as parents retreats as are large bedrooms with extra space for you to put a recliner and coffee table by a window for example – or even just a simple corner in your loungeroom could work a treat!

Balcony retreats

Do you have a balcony that runs off your bedroom? This is the ideal place to create a parents retreat.

Ensure you have comfortable seating and a coffee table or small dining table, so that at the end of the day you can both sit back and relax together and enjoy some downtime.

To ensure the space is suitable for after dark enjoyment, use flameless candles as the table’s centerpiece to create soft, ambient lighting that will promote relaxation.

Bedroom retreats

If you need to work your retreat into your existing bedroom, here are some expert tips. A retreat is all about relaxation, and unplugging from the rest of the world.

Make your bedroom a gadget free zone so that you don’t have the distraction of computers or phones reminding you of work or that ever-growing ‘to do’ list.

Use soft, gentle tones of blue and green to create a peaceful atmosphere. Bedside lighting is really important. It needs to be bright enough so that you can read a book without straining your eyes, yet dim enough to create a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere in your bedroom.

For something a little different, pendant lights in the bedroom is a popular trend right now. Just ensure they are at head height when you’re sitting up in bed so that they provide the perfect illumination for night time reading.

Rid your room of clutter. This is really a big one. No peaceful sanctuary is full of bits and pieces. Minimise what you have in your bedroom and store, give or throw away what you don’t need or want.

Guest bedroom/parents retreat

For guest bedrooms that can also double as your parents retreat, apply the same principles as you would to your own bedroom and also add in some fun, eclectic items that also promote relaxation and calm.

Himalayan Salt Lamps are said to have a number of health benefits including helping improve one’s sleep, assisting to get rid of headaches and even enhancing your immunity. They also make a stunning feature when they’re turned on or off.

To create your very own parents retreat you don’t necessarily needs loads of extra space in your home or apartment.

By maximising the space you do have and by making some clever furniture and lighting choices you can create your own private oasis almost instantly.

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  • My whole house is my retreat now that my kids have moved out of home.


  • I have a leather chaise in the corner of my (large bedroom). It has a lamp, a throw rug and cushions and sits by the window. In winter, the afternoon sun shines through and makes me feel really cosy. I love to spend some time on a Sunday afternoon reading my book. It’s a great way to end the week.


  • So important to have a little retreat in this busy life ! A hammock or a wee corner in the garden does the trick for me, of course with some sun on my face please ;)


  • A retreat sounds rather blissful. Ahhh…


  • Fantastic ideas – it’s thinking outside the square again. Thanks for sharing.


  • Wouldn’t this be bliss? I dreamt of a balcony overlooking my pool, drinking coffee, reading books, yoga workouts to my favourite tunes. Never happened though. I do now have a hammock and that’s awesome….on nice days


  • Mmmm, sounds like heaven! A place just for mum and dad. Alas it would never be kid free here, not for a few years


  • I will be trying these ideas.


  • Would love to retreat.


  • oh I dream of a private little balcony


  • well i wish. i can’t even escape to the bathroom without visitors lol


  • Ahhh.. If only I had that much room!


  • A comfy chair in the sun, a book or iPad and I’m happy. A new egg chair would be fantastic in my little yard.


  • I like this article thanks.


  • Hubby and I like to walk around the garden as our retreat.


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