by Daisy Urgiles
Often, we forget how important it is to create a home where we feel comfortable and safe. But as Covid-19 continues to spread throughout the world, and people are being asked to stay home to reduce the spread of the virus, it’s becoming even more necessary to create a space that’s cozy, relaxing and a refuge, in every sense of the word. Here are a few, quick tips to help upgrade your home.
Getting rid of excess items or duplicates, storing things in containers and focusing on one room, corner or surface at a time is a great way to begin clearing your clutter. In addition to having more living space, a decluttered home reduces stress and anxiety, improves sleep, encourages better eating habits and boosts productivity; all perks and benefits we could use more of these days.
Incorporating different textures and styles to your home appeals to the visual and physical senses, influencing the way our space makes us feel. Consider layering furniture with blankets and pillows and covering any uncarpeted areas of your home, such as under the bed or beneath the coffee table with soft rugs to add instant cozy vibes.
The lighting in your home can play a big role in the ambiance of each room. Try replacing bright or fluorescent overhead lights with indirect lighting, such as warm-toned LED lights or bulbs, floor and table lights with dimmers and thin string lights. These softer tones add to warmth, creating a homey and cozy atmosphere.
Bare, white walls can often make a room feel cold and uninviting. Warm your home by adding artwork or family photos to your walls at eye levels. Creating a gallery wall of fun and happy memories can make you feel comfortable and at ease.
Bringing natural, organic items into a space can make it more livable and inviting. Indoor plants, such as succulents, aloe vera and snake plants are not only easy to care for, but decorative, too. Placing a bowl of fruits on a kitchen counter, as well as a vase of fresh flowers in the living room can also instantly add vibrancy, warmth and life to your home.
Although visual accents can make your home look cozy, scents can also transform the mood of any room. Candles not only offer warm lighting and ambiance, but also complement your décor by adding an enticing fragrance. Diffusers also help cleanse the air while offering natural aromatherapy with their soothing scents, such as vanilla and lavender.
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