Just because you want a warm, comfortable home, doesn’t mean it has to be drab. Here’s how to create a comfy and inviting living space without compromising on style.
One of the most important considerations when it comes to comfort is temperature control. We all want a home that is cool in the summer and toasty warm in the winter months. Some air cooling and heating systems can be noisy and clunky. However, there are quiet, streamlined versions available such as electric baseboard heaters. So you don’t have to make a choice between warmth and style.
Your choice of windows and doors can also help regulate heat. Investing in good quality, double glazed windows will keep the heat in during the winter months. They will also keep you cool during the summer.
Have you ever bought a stunning sofa and matching chairs that looked the epitome of sophistication? However, after installing them in your living room, you realized they were about as comfortable as a bench? When choosing furniture, consider size first. This may seem obvious but you’d be surprised how many people make an educated guess. My advice is to hire a professional interior designer to assist you on your project. Look at the shape of the room and decide what type of arrangement will work best. The sofa is likely to be the centerpiece, and so it’s important to opt for something that compliments the space and is practical. And it goes without saying that you should test it out before you buy it.
When buying any furniture, always think about the function of the room. How do you intend to use the space? This will help you make wise choices. A sofa for a reading room is likely to be different to a sofa used for entertaining guests.
It could be argued that the bedroom is the most important room of the house. If you’re not getting enough sleep, it will impact on every aspect of your life. So it’s important to design your bedroom accordingly. When it comes to getting a good seven hours, light, heat and your bed/mattress all play a big part.
Try to limit the amount of light entering the room at night. Minimize electrical devices and opt for heavy drapes or blackout blinds. Experiment with temperature to find the right setting that works for you. Always opt for quality bed linen. Bedding made from natural fibers will help you regulate temperature. It also tends to be more robust and longer lasting.
Like furniture, lighting should be tailored to the needs of specific rooms. If your home is quite dark, open up the window spaces by removing blinds and dark drapes. Artificial lighting should complement this. Don’t buy lamps and light fitments based on looks alone. Think about how you’re going to use them. A reading lamp in the living room is likely to be different to the lamp you use on your desk. Focused spotlights tend to work well in the kitchen. Dining rooms benefit from overhead lights over the table. In bathrooms, the focal point tends to be the mirror, so sidelights and overhead lights work well here.
When it comes to decorating your home, there are no hard and fast rules. To keep comfort a priority think carefully about the function each room and design accordingly. For further assistance in Connecticut, contact All About Interiors.