Your home should be your sanctuary away from the outside world. It should be the place where you can kick back, relax, and release your inhibitions. If your home isn’t providing the comfort you need, then you’ll have to make some changes. Here are a few small things you can do to increase the coziness level of your abode.
Regulate Your Home’s Humidity Levels
Most people don’t even consider the humidity level in their home. However, humidity plays a large role in how comfortable you feel. Optimally, humidity levels should be between 40 and 60 percent. Any higher, and your home will feel overheated. Being below that range makes it seem too cold.
One way to regulate your home’s humidity level is to have a whole-home dehumidifier installed. You can also add in ventilation in moist rooms like bathrooms or kitchens.
Pick New Colors
While neutral colors are the trend right now, they aren’t exactly friendly tones. These plain whites and beiges often leave something to be desired. If you’d like your home to have a more personalized feel, try painting your walls a slightly darker color, such as brown or gray. These tones can add a bit of drama without being too over-the-top. For even more vibrancy, use some metallic accents.
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Not only do plants add a pleasant touch to any room, but they also help to purify the air by converting carbon dioxide into oxygen. They’ll add some necessary green and give you a sense of accomplishment when you keep them alive. Just their presence works wonders for soothing stress and helping relieve your anxiety.
Display Photos and Artwork
If you really want a house to feel like a home, make sure to put up photos of your family and friends on the walls. Remembering the good times you’ve had in the past is sure to put you at ease and lighten your mood. Artwork is also a good tool, as you can hang a number of colorful and pleasing pictures as accent pieces.
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Plain carpet can get boring after a while. If you have hardwood floors, they can be both literally and figuratively cold. One way to spice up the environment and reduce chill on your feet is to throw down a few accent rugs. This will instantly brighten things up.
Update Your Lighting
Lighting plays a large role in the mood and atmosphere of a room. If your home is outfitted with fixtures from the 70s that still use fluorescent bulbs, it’s time to make a change. New fixtures, such as recessed lighting, are making a comeback and offer a beautiful glow without being too overpowering. Another option is to simply use string lights, as these give off a comfortable shimmer that will that will create a tranquil oasis.
By making a few of these changes, you’ll start feeling more at home in your house in no time. In fact, you might make your rooms so cozy that you never want to leave.