Coming home should always give you a sense of peace and calm. This is your space, your little corner of the world, where you can feel safe and secure. But all too often, people don’t give their home the attention and love it deserves. The home itself becomes yet another daily battle.
This is a real shame because your home could be a sanctuary if you gave it a little time and thought. Here are a few pointers to help you on your way.
Comfort is one of the most important aspects of any house. You need to be able to unwind here! But there is more to comfort than a big squishy sofa.
Comfort is really about taking ownership of a space and carving out privacy for yourself. For example, if your windows are overlooked, you would be surprised how much better you can relax with net curtains or UV Protection Window Film (which blocks harmful rays as well as prying eyes).
Of course, comfort always means different things to different people, which is why the personalization of space is so important. We tend to relax in familiar surroundings but we don’t often consider the simple fact that it is within our power to create that familiarity. Putting up your favorite artworks, choosing a color scheme you love and curating your things to reflect your personality is essential to creating a comfortable space.
There is nothing quite so disruptive to a home than oversized furniture and excessive stuff crammed into a tiny home. Space, however much you have, must be used wisely to achieve a sense of homeliness.
Having stuff everywhere can actually have an impact on your mental health, making you feel stressed and exhausted while you are at home. While you might like to have a few things out on the show, too much can overwhelm your senses.
Minimalism isn’t necessary to create a sanctuary but does think about the space you have, in particular, where the light is. Don’t be afraid to move your furniture about to experiment with different ideas and remember that furniture with hidden storage is always your friend!
When you come home, you want to relax so you need a calm environment. Everything from the lighting to the temperature of your home can make a difference so you may need to experiment to see what works for you.
Houseplants, in particular, are great for creating a sense of natural calm. Indeed, there are lots of benefits, including cleaner air. Orchids really like the bathroom steam, ferns are quite happy in cooler shady areas and herbs are ideal for the kitchen windowsill.
Calmness is all about being able to fully relax and allow yourself to just be. This means that you need a space where there are no distractions, everything is familiar and you at least have the chance to unwind. For all that magazines talk about neutral colors and scented candles, what matters most is that you have created the perfect environment for you.