Author/Guest Blogger: Clara Miller
Home is where you feel happy, secure, comfortable, and at ease. We all love our home. We spend a lot of money (and time) on interior designing and other decor ideas to make our house look a specific way. Everyone wants their home to reflect their personality and sense of style. We are more of ourselves at our home than anywhere else. That's the reason no matter where we go, we always want to come back home.
But for some, on a limited budget or schedule, the comfort flies out the window and we are left with what we can work with. So how do you start to cultivate a comfortable home that fits your unique style?
Choosing the right colour for the walls, furniture, carpet, and curtains is always challenging. If you're not an artist or designer, choosing the right mix can make or break the space. Colours can do magic and can transform the entire mood of the room. So always keep in mind what tone you want to set in each space of the home.
Try sample colours to check what appeases you. There are a variety of shades and patterns that you can use for your walls. And don't forget about the ceiling! The colour of the ceiling should blend seamlessly with the colour of the rest of the room. If you prefer a more neutral home, play around with colourful or patterned decor and textiles.
(table runner from oscar & french)
Don’t go overboard with furniture. Even in a vintage, shabby chic farmhouse with a lot of pieces collected over time, it's important to pick and choose wisely. Choose your furniture carefully. The less furniture, the more spacious the room will look and feel.
It is vital that all the pieces of furniture complement each other with the rest of the upholstery, the texture of the curtains, the decor and the colours in the room. A wrong piece of furniture can create extreme discomfort not only to the eye, but to you and your family. And when it comes to the bedroom, it just goes without saying - make sure you get a nice looking and comfortable mattress.
A pot of bonsai, a fresh spider plant or some aloe can do wonders to the air and comfort of your home. Indoor plants and greenery bring calmness and tranquillity to the home. Not to mention they offer actual health benefits. Many indoor plants help to naturally clean the air inside your home, helping keep you balanced & sleeping well.
Bringing all of the elements inside can be helpful when seeking comfort in your home. Water can add so much more to your house than you can imagine. It helps to reduce stress and blood pressure related diseases, and it's a really fun interior design aesthetic to work with. Try adding an aquarium and see if you can't bring a bit of that beach vacation home with you.
From wallpaper and textile design, to classic paintings and kids crafts, artwork is what will give your home a true personalized touch. And we all want a comfy, cozy home full of our memories, our passions and our dreams. We like to start with family heirlooms and special memories, and then move on to our own personal artistic preferneces.
Depending on your interior style, you may want to add a large focal point to the space. Or you may prefer to have art scattered throughout. Large wall prints or pieces are always a great way to give a small space more depth, allowing for more comfort. And of course - adding unique, vintage items or family heirlooms always add a nostalgic, happy tone to your space. Keep it personal, keep it comfortable.
Even if you're the messiest person in the world, try to have a place for things. A shoe rack with a door will neatly stack away all your shoes out of sight. Bookshelves, open shelving and cabinets are there for a reason, right? You may not know it yet, but the more organised your space - the more comfortable and relaxed you will feel.
Our favourite room in the house to organise is definitely the kitchen. Every bottle, utensil, pots, plants, plates, all of it! It's fun to play around with style. We like to be comfortable when we cook, bake, eat or simply gather around chatting over coffee. The kitchen is the heart of our home - and it's always organised for the entire family to enjoy.