Home is where you’re supposed to be able to relax at the end of the day. Unfortunately, it isn’t always as comfy and cozy as it should be.
Life gets busy and plans you may have had for painting and remodeling fall by the wayside. The good news is that you don’t have to tear down any walls, replace any floors, or even do any painting if you’re looking for a fast and easy way to make your home a place where you can truly relax.
Here are a few easy things you can do right now to make your home a more comfortable place to rest at the end of a long day.
Plan for Your Safety First
When you think of relaxing, you probably think of kicking back and closing your eyes, but relaxing means paying attention to your peace of mind too. At home, that means planning for your safety.
There are important pieces of safety equipment you should install in your home that will help you rest easier at night. It includes:
- Security cameras
- Motion sensor alarms
- Smoke detectors
- Carbon monoxide detectors
Planning for your safety may mean thinking about the needs of you and your family too. For example, seniors may want to do things like secure rugs to the floor to prevent falls, and families with young children may want to put locks on cabinet doors in the kitchen.
Focus on Your Bedroom
When taking on home improvement projects, the bedroom is often the last place we focus our attention. Even if we don’t spend a lot of time awake in the bedroom, it is the one room in our home where we should feel completely at ease. It deserves your attention!
There are many ways to make your bedroom a personal sanctuary. It includes doing things like:
- Buy new bedding
- Hang blackout curtains in the window
- Bring in greenery and flowers
- Light some candles
Making your bedroom a sanctuary also means changing your habits. You’ll feel like you can relax more if you get rid of the TV and stop working on your computer in bed.
Splurge on a High-Quality Couch
Decorating doesn’t have to be expensive, but that doesn’t mean you should shop for the cheapest décor you can find. It really pays to splurge on some things—a couch is one of those things.
A high-quality couch should last for decades, while you’ll be lucky to get a full ten years out of a low-quality couch. Not to mention, lower quality couches may be comfortable when you first sit on them, but it won’t take long for the cushions to compress and the supports to sag, making it less and less comfortable over time. Low quality couches also tend to feature fabrics that stain easily and pill with repeated use.
Splurge on a high-quality couch or chair that you really love. You’ll feel comfortable lounging in front of the TV on a couch that looks and feels like new for many years to come.
Layer the Lighting
Lighting can have a huge impact on your energy levels, but most homes aren’t equipped with the right lighting to help you relax. It isn’t uncommon for overhead lights and bright white light bulbs to be used throughout the house right up until it’s time to go to bed.
Instead, you should layer the lighting in your home. Use bright white light bulbs in overhead lighting during the day, soft yellow lights in lamps in the evening, and candles when it’s time to relax before bed.
Don’t forget your windows! Make it easy to open your windows during the day to let in natural sunlight.
Soft and Cozy Extras
It’s often the small things that make a house a comfortable home. If you want to feel more relaxed at the end of the day, add soft and cozy extras throughout the house.
Decorative pillows look great sprinkled on couches, chairs, and beds throughout your home, but they are functional too. Drape a throw blanket on the end of the couch so you’ve always got a quick way to cover up when watching TV, and place plush, fluffy rugs in the living room and in the bedroom.
You deserve to be able to truly relax whenever you’re in your home. You don’t have to pick up a hammer or a paintbrush to make it happen either! With just a few simple tweaks and a little money, you can turn your home into the perfect retreat.