Home is defined as “the place where one lives permanently.” However, in a deeper sense, it is a place of gathering, sharing, and love. It is a shelter where we go to gather our thoughts, rest, and restore our energy. So, naturally, a home needs to be comfortable. Regardless of the floor plan and the square footage, there are design tricks that can make your property more inviting, enjoyable, and warm. Here are a few secrets to creating a home that engages all five senses.
Messy No More
Many people think that filling the living space with various objects will make it feel more like home. However, if you go overboard, it will easily turn into clutter. A home overcrowded with stuff can make it difficult to get things done. Furthermore, such a frantic display may cause negative energy build-up. It threatens to mentally entrap you in a dysfunctional environment and trigger stress.
That’s why you should start your home makeover by getting rid of the things you don’t use and don’t need, as well as the ones you are not emotionally attached to. Make sure you are left with enough free space on the floor, shelves, and furniture.
Choose an Appealing Color Palette
Colors can have a direct impact on our emotions. They can even impact our productivity, mood, stress levels, and communication with others. You can use color psychology to create a cozy and warm home.
The most versatile options when it comes to combining and decorating are neutrals, such as white, beige, and grey. They evoke minimalism and warmth. At first, they may seem sterile and boring, but with accent shades, they can be effective. Use the basic color palette for the walls, and make things more interesting by adding pops of color with furniture pieces and accessories.
Focus on the Bedroom
The bedroom is the most obvious space for comfort and coziness. It is the place where you will spend at least eight hours a day and where you should rest and restore your energy.
The most important item in this room is the mattress. Choosing the best mattress for your needs can be complicated because we don’t all have the same preferences and sleeping styles. Make sure you pay attention to the firmness, type, and size.
When designing your bedroom, use neutral colors or serene shades such as lavender. Leave as much free space as you can. If you have enough room, you can design a reading nook, but remember that the primary purpose of this room is sleeping.
Add Warmth Underfoot
Bare floors can be appealing because they make the room look more spacious, but they do little for the warmth and comfort of one home. While wall-to-wall carpeting is outdated and difficult to maintain, strategically placed rugs around the home can evoke coziness without disrupting your entire arrangement. Consider layering them in carefully selected spots, like under the coffee table, in front of your favorite reading place, or next to the bed.
Add Warmth All-Around
Layering rugs is one way of adding warmth to your home. Adding texture using furniture, accent pieces, and accessories is another.
Fabrics that provide a soft feel to the furniture, such as cotton, wool, and velvet, are among the best choices for upholstery. You can combine them with smooth materials such as leather to achieve an effective contrast.
Upgrade that richness of textures by adding throw pillows, throw blankets, sheepskin, and other similar items. Contrast them with metallic items, such as lamps, pendant lights, vases, etc. Warm up the window treatments by using velvet drapes or other heavy curtains.
Let There Be Light
Lighting is an important element of interior design because it accentuates everything you are aiming to do with the furniture arrangement, colors, and textures.
First of all, you will need to let in a lot of natural light. Secondly, consider layering artificial lighting where it is necessary. Use three types of lighting: ambient, accent, and task lights:
- Ambient or general lighting is achieved through a central ceiling fixture in the room and through down or recessed lights.
- Accent lighting is mostly decorative. It works best when installed to highlight the focal points of a room, such as artwork.
- Task lights are focus lights to make it easier to work on something. Those are reading lamps, under-cabinet lights in the kitchen, desk lamps, etc.
Lastly, finish the space up by putting houseplants, memories, and treasured items on display. These will keep your heart mind full of happy thoughts and your heart full of warm emotions.