When it comes to your home, you’re always going to have set expectations on how you want it to look and feel. We all do. Some people will want it to be modern and stylish. Others will want it to be busy and homey. Neither option is wrong, it’s really just a matter of what you’re personally drawn to.
I always recommend going with a style that feels right for you. But sometimes, even when you’ve gone with the style that you know you want, it still doesn’t feel right. And even when you’ve put a lot of work into things, sometimes the results just aren’t what you wanted. You’ve nailed the style of your home, but you just don’t feel at home or comforted in it. So, what do you do when this happens to you?
Well, if things aren’t working, it’s simply time to make some changes. Because so far, you’ve included everything that you thought you wanted and needed in your home, but it just doesn’t feel complete. That’s okay, it happens to all of us at one point or another. But don’t worry, it’s simply time for some fresh ideas to ramp up the coziness in your living spaces.
And not just any old ideas, but ones that are actually going to work in your home and allow you to finally get your ‘cozy on’. To help you out, here are some go-to things that will allow you to do just that. Let’s take a look at these 10 key things that can make sure that your home is so comforting, you’ll never want to leave.
1. It’s Overcrowded
So, the very first reason for why you could be feeling that lack of comfort- your home is just too cluttered. Or, maybe it’s just crammed with too much furniture. If you feel like this is a problem that you’re having, then you’re definitely not alone.
Because so many of us are suffering with small spaces (particularly in cities), and arranging furniture can feel like a mission. But, you just need to take a step back and be more objective about the amount of stuff in the space. This also applies to people who work from home. If your office space is too overcrowded, it may be time to sort through what you need and what you can get rid of, ready to bring in office furniture that you will use. Having a clean environment puts you in the right frame of mine when it comes to your productivity.
Point three has some great suggestions to help you with this.
2. It’s Messy
Moving on to point two, it may be that your home is just too cluttered! It can be a hard fact to face when you’ve worked hard on it (or even when you haven’t), but it could be true. And when this is the case, you’ll want to turn to tips like these that Apartment Therapy suggest and just start to clear that clutter. Because when there’s less mess, you should feel so much more organized.
3. Your Storage Isn’t Organized
Now, it may just be that you don’t have enough storage in the first place. This can be why your home feels overcrowded, messy, or just not comfortable to live in. So make sure that you work in new ways to keep things organized, even look to rooms like your basement, attic, or any spare wall closets. And make sure that they are maximized with storage. Choosing furniture pieces with built-in storage is also a good way to go.
4. There’s No Flow in the Room
Okay, so mess and madness aside, let’s talk about flow. Because sometimes it’s just really about the way that your décor is arranged in the house. If you feel like things are cluttered and chaotic, maybe your decorating style isn’t unified. Maybe it just doesn’t work. Then think about small tweaks you can make to help the rooms all flow together better.
5. Your Basic Comforts Aren’t Being Met
So next, it could be as simple as not having your basic needs met by the space. Sometimes we’re so focused on the décor of our home, that we totally ignore the creature comforts that help make a home cozy.
You may not have the temperature of the room right, for instance. Maybe your air conditioning just isn’t up to the task. It could be worth the effort to get a professional in to check things out and get you back in comfort. A company like ABC Home & Commercial AC Repair can be worth their weight in gold in a time like this.
Lighting is also a key area that can make or break the cozy-factor of a room. Is the lighting in your rooms too cold or dark? Atmospheric touches like these can really boost the coziness, so be sure to keep them in mind.
6. Your Materials Aren’t Comfortable
Then again, it could be the materials that you’ve picked out that are causing the problem. You really do have to choose fabrics carefully as The Spruce suggests. Because no matter what design style you choose, you have to make sure that you actually enjoy sitting on your couches or at your dining room table. Don’t just find yourself picking things for the look, instead you need to think about the comfort factor too.
7. There’s Not Enough Stuff
Now, on the flipside of the first point, you may find that you actually don’t have enough stuff. Because just like when a room is overcrowded, it can also be too minimal. This can make things feel sterile and uncomfortable. So maybe all you need to do is add in more furniture or decorative touches for a more lived-in look.
8. You’re Not Being Practical
Or, maybe you’ve just gone too far styling the space. It wouldn’t hurt to try toning things down a little bit and see if that helps. Staging your home is fun, but remember that this is where you live, and not just something that’s meant to look pretty.
9. The Overall Effect is Off
Here, we’re talking about the kind of look that your finished design creates. Maybe you like greys and blues, but when your palette is finished the space can come off a little cold. Maybe you love the idea of modern minimal, but it feels too modular when you’re finished.
So, you need to make sure that you break down the design that you have. Add in some texture and warmer colors, or even atmospheric boosters like candles, to help you cozy things up. This color palette is a nice mix of cool greys and blues paired with warmer pinks, tans and red to help keep things cozy.
10. The Home Itself is Wrong
And finally, you may find that the house itself is just wrong. Perhaps, you had that sneaking suspicion when you moved in. That the home just wasn’t “the one”. When this happens, you really have two options. You can either learn to love a home that you hate, or you can move. Both options have pros and cons, but you really do need to make sure that you find a solution that you’re happy with. Then take action and put things right.