A home has many purposes, and it all depends upon what kind of person you are. Some people prefer the home to be a place perfectly suited to throwing house parties (and us non-hosting people salute you for this), and others just really want their homes to be a space where they can feel comfortable after a long day at work. The truth is, very few people aren’t interested in making their private space a perfect place for relaxation, away from the chaos of daily life.
However, knowing how to do this – especially if you’re living solo as a guy, and you’re not exactly the best when it comes to interior design – can be pretty difficult. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be! We’ve noted down some simple tips here, to make your home the comfortable haven that it should be. You’re welcome.
1. Get your mood lighting nailed
Look, no home ever really screamed ‘comfort’ when the lights were so bright that you feel like you’re sitting in a dentist’s chair. If you’re going to make your space relaxation central, you need to change up your lighting, or just invest in a few lamps. Not only does this reduce the harshness of your lights, but it also helps you to really chill out, especially as the evening eases in. It will also save you a lot on your lighting bill, too, so it’s definitely worthwhile for the money-savvy. You can get lamps from thrift stores if you’re looking to save a bit of cash (and go vintage), or somewhere like Ikea, which is always a favorite.
2. Invest in some cushions
Some people don’t have any extra cushions on their couches, and if they do, they are categorically the flattest things in the world. This is not great for comfort purposes, so purchase some if you can, to ensure that your home is a great place for relaxation. It’s good to look for those that will match in with your existing decor, but the good thing about these things is that you can change the covers to suit your needs. The living room is the heart of the home, so do your best to make your couch a place that your guests just don’t want to get up from. You’ll be glad that you did when you’re relaxing there at night, too!
3. Get a huge bean bag
OK, maybe this is just a childish dream that we can’t really let go of, but have you seen those huge bean bags, big enough for two people to lie down comfortably on? This would be a great addition to any living room (or bedroom) if you have the space, and it’s a perfect place to relax whilst watching some TV shows in your pyjamas. There are many retailers who sell this kind of thing – and they can be quite expensive sometimes – so look into the options for you. We’re pretty biased, but we think that this is a worthwhile investment for the serial relaxer, looking to chill out of an evening with a good boxset.
4. Keep your home clean
Comfort isn’t only limited to your decor, and your home can feel like it’s not a great place for relaxation because it’s not as clean as it could be. Sure, we all have our habits, and sometimes it feels like cleaning is just too much to deal with on some days, but spending an hour or so cleaning your place is a good idea if you want to come home to a comfortable abode. If you have any bigger issues, like damp or mold, then checking out some companies that could help you with home mold remediation could help, but try to take a little bit of time out of your routine to give your home a spring (or winter) clean once in a while to help!
5. Learn when to get rid of stuff
It’s difficult to find your home comfortable when you’re always surrounded by the belongings that you don’t really need or want anymore. This is another one of those tasks that can seem pretty stress-inducing, but you’d be doing yourself a favor if you got rid of the things that you haven’t used in a while. Every month or so, go through your belongings and ask yourself whether it still brings you happiness, or helps you with your day-to-day life. If it doesn’t, and it only seems to be serving as something that you keep falling over, then make your space more comfortable and give it away to charity.
6. Purchase some houseplants
Houseplants are a great way to make your space feel a lot more homely and comfortable, and they are also pretty good for you, too. Sometimes it just feels as though your rooms don’t really have any focal points (especially if you’ve just gone through a clear-out) so get down to a florist, and pick up some plants that won’t need a lot of care and attention. Some plants just need watering every few days, but apart from that, you don’t need to do anything else. Others may need to be trimmed and maintained, so find out what they require before you purchase any, and you’ll be glad that you did when they survive for the foreseeable future.
7. Embrace the heat
Another way to make your home feel a little more comfortable is to ensure that you have a nice warm bed to get into once those cold days draw to a close. Whether you prefer to purchase a hot water bottle (which will help you to keep warm all night) or you go for an electric blanket, there are many ways to make your bed the warm and inviting place that it should be, after a long day at work or exploring the city. You can also set a timer on your heating, so that your home is warm for when you get home. There are plenty of apps out there that allow you to do this now, so don’t forget to check this out!
So, if you’re looking for some ways to make your home feel a little more comfortable, try out these simple tips! From mood lighting to hot water bottles, there are many ways that you can make your space as relaxing as it should be, so that you’re rushing out of work to get home…