The well-knownphrase “home comforts” is a popular way of referring to all the little things that turn the place where you happen to live into a pleasing, personal environment where you feel relaxed and at ease. Making your home more comfortable means creating a space that meets your physical as well as psychological needs. You can achieve this with a few simple DIY tricks that will enhance your sense of wellbeing and restfulness, and that can also have a major impact on how you live your life.
Consider a few of these ideas to see what you can improve.
Clear the decks
Strictly speaking, you may not class decluttering your rooms as DIY; however, it remains one of the most useful ways to open up your home so that you can actually see clearly what opportunities there are to make it even more comfortable.Getting rid of clutter also makes you feel better and more in control of your home and how it looks. Aim to ditch unwanted items via recycling, unless of course you spot a chance to upcycle furniture and other objects or repurpose anything, in which case you have one or more potentially new, exciting DIY projects ahead.
For example, if you decide that you would love your home even more if it had ashabby chic look,you can opt to convert glass items into trendy lamps, recover an old stool with part of an unwanted sweater or use reclaimed wood to create new and unusualfurniture. You’ll also find plenty of suitable original and upcycledartefacts to adopt the shabby chic look at your local flea markets and charity shops.
Refresh your rooms
One way of enhancing the comfort value of your home is to brighten or simply alterthe interiors. You can opt to repaint one or more rooms or simply add a feature wall to complement the existing décor. Kitchens can benefit from repainted cabinets if you fancy a change, or just add extra shine and sparkle with a coat of glossy varnish if you’re happy with the colour of the existing units.
Think about how you’ve used colour as you revisit every room in your home and also take a moment to assess the impact that this has on you. Some people like pale colours, while others find these “cold.” You may think that you love deeper shades;however,it’s important to get the balance right as rooms full of darker hues can actually make you feel gloomier than you might imagine.This is one way in which your physical surroundings can impact your psychological wellbeing.
Light up your days
As well as colour, the quality of light in your home can make an impact on your mood. Natural daylight is known to be the most beneficial; however, if your windows are partially obscured by bulky curtains, you are minimising how much sunlight enters your rooms. A simple DIY solution is to fit made-to-measure shutters. These come in a wide range of materials, styles and colours and can be made to your exact measurements. Good-quality shutters are extremely easy to install yourself. In addition to showcasing the elegant, clean lines of your window frame, shutters allow you to control precisely how much daylight you need and are a useful barrier against external noise. They also provide extra draught-proofing, privacy and security.
Now that your home is decluttered and your rooms are refreshed and bright, you can turn your attention tomaking sure that it’s warm enough, as cold spaces will do little for your personal comfort. Updated heating may be the answer, or additional insulation may be necessary if this is not already in place.There are also small things that you can do: warm rugs, soft cushions and homemade personal items all improve the cosy ambience in your home.Cushions, throws and rugs can be crafted by hand to suit your personal preferences.
Successfully tackling small DIY jobs can help you feel more positive about your personal spaces. If your bathroomor kitchen taps are leaking, then replace them; if you don’t have smoke detectors, then install them;if you’re finding it difficult to regulate your heating, then control it by adding a thermostat to the system.
Finally, anything that you know is going to save you money is likely to immediately be of interest when it comes to making your home more comfortable. Check out ways in which you can make use of gadgets that can monitor energy consumption, and install automated devices that can help you reduce your energy costs.