Emotional Escape Rooms

Emotional Escape Rooms are a frequently searched term. Creating a place in your home where you can relax and recharge.

What Is An Emotional Escape Room?

One of the most searched topics in 2022 by Pinterest users has been “Emotional Escape Rooms”. This makes perfect sense to me. The combination of the stresses of the pandemic, the rising costs of everything this year, and the political discourse we are subjected to in the media, from both sides, evidently has people wanting to – and needing to – escape. People are naturally seeking to create places in their homes where they feel, safe, comforted, and where they can kick back, relax and attend to their personal mental health and wellness.  I have written several articles about creating sanctuaries in the principal bath for wellness this year [ a version of an emotional escape room ]  including this one for the Mr. Steam blog. 

My Personal Emotional Escape Room

Most important,  I have my own Emotional Escape Room. I did not set out to create a trending type of space in my own home, but there it is.  My friends call it my knitting room but it really is my place to retreat from the outside world. What does that room contain? Well, I have a small antique writing desk, where I journal whatever pops into my head. Adorning the walls are beautiful pieces of art I have collected. On the floor is an antique rug I adore. Yes, I do have yarn, and I love to cocoon myself in there and spend quiet time knitting – creating items to keep as well as to gift away. While all of these tangible things add to my feeling of well-being in my emotional escape room, the most important items are my energy-balancing crystals. 

On the positive side, changing the energy in a space does not require a large display of crystals. Sometimes less is much more. Remember, it is your emotional escape room. What makes you feel safe, secure, and relaxed is the key. A simple arrangement of these beautiful pieces can set the mood for an evening escape anywhere you choose. 

Crystals can be used as a decorative accent for a reading room.

This simple arrangement of crystals is just enough.

Why Do Crystals Add To A Feeling Of Relaxation And Wellness? 

Thyme & Place Design - Creating timeless luxury for kitchens & bathrooms with a focus on health wellness and well being are intergrated in my designs. Here crystals are used as a decorative element to balance positive healing energy.

Crystals as a decorative element to balance positive healing energy

To begin with, intentional design focusing on health, wellness, and well-being is an important component of any design I create for my clients.  Using crystals in the design of a room can focus energies which enhances the ability of my clients to relax and recharge. Crystals have the ability to change the energy balance in a room. Without getting too scientific, crystals, under an electron microscope, can be seen vibrating. These vibrations are a form of subtle energy and each type of crystal produces a different vibration pattern..and therefore a different level of energy.  Pierre Curie ( husband to Marie Curie) found that when crystals are stressed mechanically they produce an electric charge. You can create this charge by simply holding a crystal. This energy is the same energy you can bring into your emotional escape room. 

Amethyst, shown in the photo above, is considered a protective stone that helps relieve stress and anxiety. Here amethyst is combined with an air plant in a bathroom to promote wellness and reduce stress.  Selenite is another beautiful crystal. Selenite encourages peace and calm, It also can clear negative energies.  Always remember the power of the crystal comes from its quality. 

To emphasize the emergence of crystals as common design elements,  I was pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful display of crystals in Aviva Stanoff’s space at the fall High Point Market. 

Crystals used as decorative accessories and even as furniture.

Unique crystal accessories.


Crystals used in light fixtures and added to textiles for interior design

Beautiful light fixture adorned with crystals and stunning textiles from Aviva Stanoff at #HPMKT


Designing Rooms Made For Relaxation

This beautiful living room is an example to demonstrate how I designed a room for well-being and mindfulness. The comfortable furnishings, balanced and layered lighting, and soothing color palette created a beautiful space that helps my clients feel calm, relaxed, and comfortable. For them, their living room is their *emotional escape room* – especially during the colder months when the warmth of the fire can be enjoyed. The green labradorite stone I used as the fireplace surround is known for helping people embrace their limitless potential and strive to reach their fullest possibilities, enhancing inner worth. Placing it where my clients see it every day, helps them feel supported in the opportunities they wish to pursue. 

Labradorite stone used as a fireplace surround protects against negative energy.

Green labradorite stone fireplace surround. Designed by Thyme & Place Design

A kitchen can be an emotional escape room as well. 

During a lunch date with a client, she told me how much she loved being in her kitchen. It was in her words, “my safe place where I am happy and content”.  Perhaps her antique brown labradorite countertops may contribute to those feelings. Brown labradorite allows you to reconnect with your inner wisdom. Furthermore, this stone is said to enhance strength, perseverance, and courage.

Traditional off white kitchen with Antique Brown counter tops known as Labradorite a stone of courage and strength

Kitchen design by Sharon L Sherman Thyme & Place Design

Without a doubt, it is easy to see how adding crystals to your home. As I have noted,  adding crystals as a decorative accent or a major component of the design can bring so many wellness benefits to your home. As a matter of fact, why not try it yourself? Start the year with a small piece of something you are attracted to and see what happens. By all means, let me know what you find. 

Sharon L. Sherman, ASID, NCIDQ, CID, CKD


Sharon is the founder of Thyme and Place Design, headquartered in Wyckoff, New Jersey. She’s been practicing kitchen and bath design for the past 40 years and is a Past President of the American Society of Interior Designers – New Jersey chapter. She is a current member of the editorial board of KB&B Magazine, the official magazine of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Sharon has also received a Kitchen Bath Design News 2022 Innovator of the Year Award.

Her award-winning designs and editorial comments have been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, Design Milk, Bergen NJ magazineKitchen & Bath Design News, Woman’s Day, Country Decorating, Design NJ, New Jersey Home Magazine, 201 Magazine, The Best of Bergen, Savvy Living, The Vue, The Record, The Star-Ledger,  and Aspire as well as several books.

Her blog “Tips from the Trade” appears in digital form on DesignNJ.com and KBBonline.com. She has also appeared on HGTV’s My Big Amazing Renovation and episodes of House Smarts with Lou Manfredini.  In 2022, she was a featured *Voices From The Industry* speaker at the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s international convention and is available for further speaking engagements nationwide on all topics related to running a successful kitchen and bath design business. 






  1. Leslie Carothers

    I love the idea of using crystals to rebalance the energy in a home, Sharon, and have many in my own home.

    Your clients are fortunate to work with someone like you who has extensively studied crystal healing and how to use them for maximum re-balancing and wellness.

  2. Peggy Ritcherson

    7 years ago I was visiting my favorite State, Arizona. I stop in a small remote shop and among an array of things, I spotted a crystal hanging on a wire. No, I didn’t understand crystals at that time but I was drawn to it. I had to have it. Every since then, I have had that crystal hanging in my “sacred spaces”. Although I have relocated 3 times since that day, I have never left my hanging crystal behind. To look at it brings me a sense of enormous peace.

    • Sharon L Sherman

      Thank you for sharing Peggy. Crystal are magic aren’t they.

  3. Patricia McKenna

    I love all the rooms listed above. I have a small bedroom that I would like to make into a beautiful space for me

    • Sharon L Sherman

      Thank you so much Patricia. Everyone deserves a beautiful space. Let me know if you need any help creating this space for yourself. I have a design service which may be perfect for you.


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Sharon sherman

My award-winning designs haven been featured in multiple magazines, industry publications and on television. That’s nice affirmation, to be sure.

But perhaps the greatest accolade I’ve received is the repeat engagements with so many clients, project after project, year after year.

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