A comfortable and cozy home is all about atmosphere. Each room has a personality – relaxing for the bedroom, cozy and warm for the lounge and kitchen, revitalising for the home office. Take a look at these five great ideas for bringing them to life…
Make your home office interesting
Blank walls and harsh lighting might look more like a traditional office, but they’re hardly conducive to productivity. Your eyes will stay alert for longer if you have plenty of things to look at while you think up your next business move.
Try to position your desk near a window, so you can gaze thoughtfully out at the view. And don’t be afraid to surround yourself with little things that interest you. Toys, books – whatever floats your boat, if it stimulates your mind you’ll work better in amongst it all.
Keep your bedroom free from clutter
The ancient art of Feng Shui claims there should be no mirrors in the bedroom, in case they steal a bit of your soul while you sleep. Whatever you think of that, it’s true that a mirror-free bedroom looks better than one with loads of reflective surfaces.
Why? Because the bedroom is seen from multiple angles, standing up and lying down, so whatever looks good on one plane is all out of place on the other. This extends to clutter. It isn’t cozy. It disturbs the peace of your room – store it, boot it out, but keep everything nice and tidy.
Bring some life into the bathroom
The bathroom can be the only place in the home where you really get to relax. Other people use the lounge, and you’re asleep most of the time in your bedroom – so the bathroom is where you get to let yourself go and genuinely unwind. So why keep it severe and simple? Get some plants in there, and think about throwing a bookcase full of old paperbacks in the corner. Then run a long hot bath, pick up a thriller and let the world take care of itself for half an hour.
Put a media centre in the kitchen
OK, so watching TV while you eat is antisocial. But having the radio on while you cook is the secret to a welcoming kitchen. A little background noise, some music perhaps, can make all the difference to one of the most social spaces in your house. The kitchen is where everything happens – meals, celebrations, important conversations. Embrace it and fill it with life and colour!
Light up your lounge
How do you make a room do different things at different times of day? Use multiple light sources, and create atmosphere according to the occasion. Want a cosy feel in the winter?
Bung in some colored lights, and use lamps instead of ceiling lights to create a lovely glow. You can activate the ceiling downlighters when you’re reading, or bring all the lights up for the biannual spring/autumn cleaning frenzy! Have a look at Penguin Supplies for some inspiration.
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