How to Create a Cozy Home: 7 Home Decor Tips
Studies have shown that we spend on average, over 80% of our time indoors. With that large percentage in mind, it’s no wonder we like to interior decorate; it creates an environment that keeps us stress-free, focused and happy - especially at home, where many of us go to put our feet up and rest.
Home is a place where many of us have dinner parties, family get-togethers, birthday parties and, for some of us, it’s where we spend most of our time. Some of us work or study from a home office, and we need a space that prevents us from feeling distracted, anxious, or uncomfortable.
Here are 7 tips to create a cozy and nourishing living space at home:
1. Create a functional space
Each room has its own purpose: one may be for relaxing and sitting with the family, another for sleeping, another for getting work done, and so on. You want the arrangement of space in each room to allow for an easy flow of movement for those who are using it, and each room to reflect the purpose it’s intended to serve.
2. Add earthy tones
Nature has a soothing influence, and thus it’s probably no surprise that colours that reflect it, like blue, green, and other natural colours, have such a wonderful calming effect. You can add these relaxing tones easily by adding small accessories such as pillows, picture frames, or coasters that are of a natural hue.
3. Add greenery
By bringing nature indoors, you will experience a reduction in stress while attaining better air quality. Not only that, but plants are also simply pleasing to the eye and offer a tranquil atmosphere. Again, nature is soothing to us.
Let go of any items in your home that may carry bad memories or are associated with negative thoughts to you. Hanging on to these items can invite unwanted feelings to creep in. Instead, replace them with objects that make you happy and free. Hang up images of inspirational quotes, or photographs or artwork that you love - these can have a powerful and positive impact on your well-being.
Have any receipts, bills, mail or other loose papers you no longer need? Just chuck them away! Or, if you need to hold onto them, at least store them in one place to prevent them from being a constant distraction.
5. Wherever possible, integrate objects that reflect nature
A single painting of a landscape can make one room feel much larger and calmer. Add floral printed blankets; nature-inspired lamp shades; or photographs of the ocean, forests, or mountains. Again, it all comes down to the huge mental and physical health benefits immersing ourselves in nature can have.
6. Soft textiles
This is especially perfect for during the winter, when you want to feel cozy on the couch with hot chocolate. A variety of textures, especially fluffy or chunky knit textures, add warmth to your home and a sense of comfort.
7. Personalize with unique items and details throughout your house
Your home can reflect your spirit by having unique items that are special to you - and this truly ensures your home has that extra touch. Maybe it’s a combination of family photographs, sea-shells collected from your last vacation, or a rustic antique you won at an auction. Regardless of what it may be, these items not only add charm - but also a wealth of character.