Wherever we live and no matter how hectic our lifestyle, most of us want our home to be comfortable: a place where we can relax and unwind after a stressful day. Turning your home environment into a calm, comforting one is much easier than you think, and could provide a major well-being boost for you and your family.
A calming bedroom
The quest for a comfortable home has to begin in the bedroom. It is one of the most important places in any home, and if you have a cozy, relaxing bedroom to retreat to, then even if the rest of your house is hectic and chaotic, you will at least have one area where you can enjoy comfort and tranquility.
The key to a comfortable bedroom is of course in choosing the right bed, and more particularly the best mattress. The quality of your mattress will determine how you sleep. Not all common sleeping positions are good for you, in fact, we are learning more all the time about how common positions affect your sleep. But with the right mattress, and cozy accessories including snug blankets and throws, your bedroom will be an oasis of calm.
Take inspiration from the East
In many Eastern cultures, the arrangement and design of the home takes on more of a spiritual and health dimension than in the West. For example, the ancient Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui is based on the idea that your home should be arranged in such a way that energy – known as chi – can circulate freely. Feng Shui practitioners believe that blocking that energy can have harmful effects on your health and your well-being.
But you don’t have to be a true Feng Shui believer to put some of these techniques into practice. De-cluttering your surroundings, finding ways to boost the natural light in your home and integrating natural materials are all part of the Feng Shui philosophy and can help to make your home more comfortable and calmer.
It has been long established that color and color changes can have dramatic effects on our emotions and can even change the way that we look at the world. Choosing the right colors for a room can make for a more comfortable home environment. Among the key principles of color therapy are the ideas that soft colors soothe and relax, while bright shades can lift your mood. So, if you want your home to be a comfortable, pleasing space, soft light blues, greens and greys could be ideal for rooms where you want to relax, such as the bedroom or living area, while bright yellows and other sunny colors are best for the kitchen.
We’ve already touched on de-cluttering above, but while this strictly speaking isn’t an aspect of home design in itself, it is an important part of creating a comfortable home. By clearing away the junk, your home will increase the effects of the other redesign measures you introduce, and it can also help to promote positive feelings of cleanliness, space and calm. Take a critical look at everything in your home and remove anything that isn’t essential or that doesn’t add to your sense of harmony or makes your home more comfortable.
The air in a home is often neglected as a comfort factor, but in our increasingly polluted world, where everything from air fresheners to aftershave alters the chemical mix of the air we breathe, creating a clean-breathing environment is a significant part of making your home more comfortable. And one of the most effective ways to do this is to introduce plants and flowers into your environment. Not only can this add to the aesthetic appeal and calming atmosphere in any home, it can also boost air quality and hence your health, as plants absorb carbon dioxide and add oxygen. You don’t need to be an expert gardener to get the advantages of plants in your home, either. There are many plants like peace lilies of Chinese evergreens that need just a weekly water and a plentiful supply of light to flourish, and they can make a big difference, bringing the calming, healthy qualities of nature into your home.
Making your home more comfortable is essential in these stressful times and it can contribute to an improved sense of well-being and general health. Hopefully you will find some of these tips and ideas useful in your quest to improve the comfort of your home.