Find a spare room--empty bedroom, walk-in closet, furnace room or bathroom if need be, and turn it into your serenity room. Darken the walls. Furnish the place with very little--a stand for candles, a small stereo, floor pillows. Heavy shades will enhance the mood. Install a lock on the door. Better yet, make the room off limits to anyone under the age of thirty, or shorter than three feet. Make that four feet. And no pets, either. One suggestion, unless cost is a factor, is an actual contracted remodeling. Look in the Yellow Pages or Online under quiet rooms, in-home theater construction or meditation rooms and peruse all the offerings. There are elaborate window shades, a product called QuietRock that is, drywall fabricated specifically for sound deadening applications. There are indirect, or mood lighting resources, even lighting that enhances the amount and kind of light if you suffer from seasonal affective disorder, in addition to noise pollution. . The same affect in reducing outside noise may be achieved by hanging blankets on the walls, and that may be a novel solution for couples. The wall hangings can be an art project, or a garage sale/antique store/self-spoiling expedition.
The place where the family conjure should be comfortable and livable. Combine your decor ideas with your lounge and dinning room if possible, especially if you have an open plan room. Here you could continue your choice of wood or leather for both rooms, which will create an even bigger illusion of space. Remember to hang overly big mirrors opposite each other if your living area is on the small side. Keep it simple but elegant with a few splashes of your favorite colors here and there.
There are many categories of triptych photography, such as Landscapes, Seascapes, Nature, Still life and even Cityscapes. You could feature a view of the New York City Skyline at night or a view of a moon resting over the Brooklyn Bridge. You could feature a view of the Golden Gate Bridge stretching out into the fog or a beautiful picture of Venice, Italy coming to life at night. There are many possibilities and many stories to tell with a great photograph.
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