Everybody wants a comfy home. Your ambitions could be to have a big house or a small apartment, a cutting edge design or a rustic sense of style, a place to be alone or a place to entertain, at the end of the day, you want it to be somewhere you, your family and your friends can feel cosy. So how do you go about that? Well here are 5 tips to help make your home feel like a home.
Use warm, soft colours
It doesn’t take an expert to know that you wouldn’t paint a room bright neon green if you wanted it to feel “warm and cozy”. But this isn’t a straightforward area. Blue is generally considered to be a relaxing colour, which you may think, on paper, makes it an ideal choice for use in a “relaxation” room. But blue is a cold colour, making it actually a difficult colour to incorporate into a cozy room.
You will be much better served by going for colours such as creams, dark browns and dark reds. These are richer colours, and when used in a soft tone, can create the feeling of warmth. Incorporating neutral whites and blacks is also a smart move, as it breaks up the monotony of the aforementioned colours without ruining the overall sense of comfort.
Usually overlooked, but underappreciated – cushions are the unsung heroes of interior design. Too few, and the items of furniture they usually adorn can look a little barren. Conversely, too many cushions and you risk the room looking cluttered. Find the balance, however, and you can really add to the comfort factor. Who doesn’t just want to dive onto a pile of pillows at the end of the day?
We understand that not every chair in your house can be of the upmost comfort. You may have wooden kitchen chairs to match your wooden table, a PVC computer chair, and a few hard plastic stool dotted around to cover for any extra guests you entertain.That’s all well and good, but if it’s comfort your after, you need to make your main sitting area as pleasant a place to sit as possible.
For some, leather couches are the height of cool comfort. But we’re here to preach the good name of plush furnishings. While they may not be thought of as highly in the realms of “contemporary design” as their leather brethren, in terms of creating (and maintaining) that cosy feel, soft, plump chairs and sofas are in a league of their own. And for those with the budget, there are also plush versions of pretty much all the usual suspects of home seating options.Why settle for a hard, uncomfortable stool when a plush bar stool style option exists?
Now for something else slightly counter intuitive. When thinking of an ideal home, i.e. the ones shown in the catalogues, they are usually flooded with light. Big windows beaming in the midday sun is eye catching, and can brighten up a dreary house, but “bright” and “cozy” aren’t two concepts that necessarily mesh well together. In fact, we’re here to suggest that, in the pursuit of the “cozy” ideal, soft, subtle lighting is actually the way to go.
You will no doubt need a so called “big light” for any room you expect to spend any serious amount of time in. And thats fine, but it doesn’t have to be blinding light or pitch-black darkness. Lamps are a great way to keep things visible, yet not too bright, especially when they are powering low-light level lightbulbs. These warmer bulbs won’t illuminate an entire room, but will certainly light up the little corner of the room you are sat in. If even that is too close, dot a few lamps around the room to give you more options.
Mix Things Up – Old and New
Finally, we end on a slightly “out there” concept. When thinking of the “cozy cottage” ideal, you don’t picture brand new coffee tables, sofas and carpets. Then again, no one wants to snuggle up on a dilapidated couch just because it could be considered “rustic”. You want a happy middle ground. As we said, a sofa can lose it’s appeal after a certain amount of years, so by all means get something relatively new. But to counter it, why not get an old school wooden coffee table? Why not team your new carpet and cushions with a rustic, ceramic lamp? The two styles tend to compliment each other nicely.
The only problem that all of this will lead to is you’ll never want to leave!