With all the stresses of work and life in general, it’s important to create a home where you can feel comfortable; a place to look forward to coming back to each day. This is your solace from the outside world; a place to relax and recharge your batteries within the confines of your four walls. There are some elements that we think are essential for a comfortable and inviting home. Consider the following as examples.
- Heat things up a little
Summer aside, you won’t get a lot of comfort if your home is chiller than an igloo. Heating is a must, and that means finding ways to preserve the heat you have and installing anything that is going to add to your warmth. Repair any cracks in the doors and windows for starters – keeping those nasty drafts at bay – and then consider the benefits of a crackling coal fire, electric underfloor heating, or a wood burning stove, to really give your home a warm and inviting glow.
- Get rid of any clutter
Not many people feel comfortable in a messy home. It can add to your stress levels, especially when you are constantly seeing something out of place from the corner of your eye. Do something about the problem – consider the benefits of minimalism; sell unwanted items, and purchase extra storage to keep a tidy looking house. By reclaiming your living space, you will finally have better peace of mind when you return home each day.
- Bring the personal touch
An impersonal home is not conducive to comfort. Empty walls, generic looking furniture, and no signs of ‘you,’ are not going to add to your comfort level. By creating something that is personal; something that just shouts out ‘you’ from the rooftops; you will feel more comfortable in your living space. From family pictures on the wall to your preferred decor and furnishings, go for a style that is conducive to your relaxation time, as you luxuriate in a space that you feel at home in.
- Create your personal space
If you share your home with others – family, housemates, invited/uninvited guests – it can be difficult to truly feel comfortable in your home. This is why you need to create a nook area away from everybody else, with their noise and personal habits. Find a place at home where you can sit down and instantly feel at home, with items to hand that add to your comfort. Whether it’s an armchair next to a bookcase or a bean bag where you can flop and chill with your thoughts, create that go-to-area that is yours alone.
- Use your senses
Comfort is about sight – cosy lighting and warming colours; smell – fresh flowers and baking cookies; sounds – the trickling of a water feature and gentle background music; and touch – warm, soft blankets and comfy pillows. When your senses are attuned to your home’s additions, you will have that soothing feeling that you are home; that everything is okay in the world, and that place to truly relax. Focus on all your senses to create that perfect feeling in your home for maximum comfort.
What do you think? What have you done to make your home feel more comfortable and inviting? Let us know, so we can all benefit from your domestic wisdom. Thanks for reading!