Creating a comfortable family home is often a lot easier said than done, especially if you have children. When you get home, you want to be able to relax. Your house needs to provide you with the perfect place to do so. However, if it is uncomfortable, it can be frustrating. Where are you going wrong? Read on to discover some top tips on creating a comfortable family home.
Deal with the beds and sofas first – When you think about the word ‘comfort’ in relation to a family home, your mind instantly reverts to when you go to bed at night or when you are chilling on the sofa watching television. Your bed and your sofa (or armchair) are meant to be the places where you are at your most comfortable. If this is not the case, then your issue is evident. Your sofa needs to be one that is filled with comfortable and durable foam. If you can’t afford a new one, you may want to replace the foam inside, or spruce up your seating arrangement with a throw and plush scatter cushions. With regards to your bed, everyone has different levels of comfort, and so it is all about finding a mattress that is right for you. Make sure you flip your mattress over and turn it from side-to-side every few weeks. This is important because it ensures your mattress has even wear.
Build up layers with different textures – The key to adding comfort to any home is to create layers by bringing various textures into the home. This is something you can do with ease in an environment such as a living room, as you will be able to add throws, cushions, and rugs. A plush, fluffy rug is one of the easiest ways to bring some cosiness to a living area, especially if you have a cold tiled floor.
Add relaxing scents to your home – When creating a comfortable home, you need to engage all senses. It is not only about what you can see and feel; it is about what you can smell too. One of the best ways to make your home more comfortable is to add relaxing scents, for example, lavender, vanilla, or mandarin. You probably won’t want to use candles with children running about, so why not invest in a few diffusers instead? You can also get scented sachets for your wardrobes and cupboards, ensuring they smell lovely too.
Invest in a large mirror – If your home is feeling a bit dark and dingy, you need to brighten it up, and the best way to do this is to invest in a large mirror. This is one of the easiest and most effective ways of adding more natural light into a room. This is because the light will bounce off the reflective surface and back into the room, making it appear a lot bigger and much more welcoming. You will be surprised by how much of a difference this can make.
Switch up your lighting – While we are on the subject of making a room appear, brighter, it’s time to start thinking about how you light your home. Do most of your rooms rely on one harsh overhead? If so, you definitely need to make some changes. A harsh overhead light is more likely to give you a headache than enable to relax on an evening. Investing in a dimmer switch is a good solution so that you can turn down the brightness of the light based on the time of day. Another option is to simply ensure you have numerous light sources in a room, so you can adjust the lighting to suit your needs. For example, this could mean adding table lamps to your living room or spotlights under your cabinets in the kitchen. This will ensure that you have the right type and level of light based on the task you are carrying out.
Adorn your house with indoor plants – Indoor plants are beneficial for a number of reasons. Of course, you have the obvious benefit that they will add beauty to your home. However, they go a lot further than this. This is because they boost the air quality in a space, ensuring a more comfortable living environment.
Create tech-free zones – Another tip for creating a more comfortable living environment is to create zones whereby technology is not allowed. The bedroom is a good place to start. How are you supposed to relax if you are constantly checking emails on your phone or your partner is playing on video games while you are trying to get some sleep? In fact, it is advisable that you do not use any tech for at least an hour or two before you go to bed, as it can make it really difficult for you to unwind and drift off into a restful slumber.
Add pictures of things that make you happy – Is your home lacking in a bit of personality? If so, this could be why it does not feel very relaxing and comfortable. After all, it does not feel like your home yet. This is why now is the perfect time to adorn your home with things that you love, including photos of your family and different memories that make you happy. You will be surprised by how much of a difference this can make. You put your own stamp on your place, making it feel like your abode.
Rearrange your furniture – It does not always need to cost money to make improvements to the comfort of your home. It could be as simple as merely rearranging your furniture. You may find that there are more efficient ways for you to use the space in your home. By simply rearranging your sofa and armchairs, it can make your living area feel like an entirely new space.
Start at the front – A lot of people neglect the front of their house, yet this is the first thing that you will see when you approach your home after a difficult day at work. This is why it is important to give your front door and porch a bit of TLC. Make sure your front door is welcoming, and de-clutter your porch. We often assume that our hallway is a place to dump our bags, coat, and shoes. However, this can make it look untidy if you do not have any organisers or effective storage solutions, and this creates a negative tone for the rest of your home.
De-clutter – This blog post simply would not be complete without mentioning de-cluttering. How do you expect to relax and unwind in your home if it is filled with clutter? Clutter is one of the biggest causes of stress. It can make it difficult for you to concentrate, never mind relax. You will never find your home cosy and serene until you get rid of your clutter. You should take each room one step at a time. Have three boxes – one for the things you want to keep, one for the things you are going to get rid of, and one for the things you are unsure of. Keep going until everything you are keeping has a space in that room (and this doesn’t mean sticking them on top of the table or in the corner of the room!). Once you have done this, the key to maintaining a clutter-free life is to putting things away as soon as you have finished using them, as well as operating the one in, one out rule. This means that whenever you buy something new for your home, you have to get rid of something else to make way for it.
Play relaxing music – Earlier, we mentioned how important it is to engage all of the senses, yet we did not mention what you hear while you are at home. Why not play some classical music? This type of music has been shown to reduce blood pressure and heart rate, and it has even been linked to reduced levels of stress hormones. If you are not a fan of the classical genre, why not listen to sounds of the ocean to help you relax?
Follow the advice that has been provided above, and you are bound to notice a difference to the comfort levels in your home. You will find it much easier to unwind after a hard day in the office or a challenging day looking after the children. From adding different textures to bringing in relaxing scents, it doesn’t take a lot of effort or cost a lot of money to make a massive difference when it comes to the levels of cosiness in your home.
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