Nothing beats coming home after a long day of work to a comfortable, warm home where you can kick off your shoes and unwind. Achieving this goal means taking some simple steps to ensure your home is as comfortable as possible. Here are six tips on how to make your home more comfortable in six easy steps.
Step 1: Stay Cool
It’s nearly impossible to be comfortable when you’re hot. If you are concerned about how much energy you use, consider installing a programmable thermostat. This can be set to control the temperature of your house based on a schedule, which means that you do not have to waste energy cooling and heating your home during periods of time when no one is there. It is also possible for some people and families will find it beneficial to get an additional portable unit and placing it on days where they know they will be at home for extended periods of time.
Step 2: Add Mood Lighting
Mood lighting refers to creating a light atmosphere that sets you at ease. Soft, warm hues such as red and amber add an intimate tone to a room. To create a warm, inviting living room or bedroom, you can use LED lights (also known as bulbs) with various color temperatures. For example, 9w LED spotlights in red with a color temperature of 2100-2200k will add just enough ambient light without casting shadows on the walls; perfect for relaxation! A variety of colors are available for these bulbs too, so feel free to experiment with different shades until you find one that fits your aesthetic vision. Bright white (6500k) is ideal for increasing visual contrast and appealing to most people since it’s easiest on our eyes.
Step 3: Acoustics Matter Too
Adding noise-reducing acoustic panels will not only improve sound quality, but it will also reduce outside noise and help you get better sleep. There are many kinds of acoustic materials available, such as foam and fiberglass panels. The price per square foot depends on size and thickness. In general, you can expect to pay $0.50 per square foot for inexpensive rubber or foam-based products. High-end fiberglass options like QuietRock are much quieter while being less effective at reducing temperature variations.
Step 4: Keep Things Looking Fresh
Keeping a tidy space doesn’t just keep things organized—it can also help you feel calm and content. Whether you live alone or with a family, household upkeep is essential for keeping everyone happy and healthy. If clutter is affecting your mood at home, it may be time to purge those items that have been sitting unused on shelves or tucked away in closets. You may want to seek professional help if excess clutter has become an issue. Decluttering can reduce stress, improve focus, and boost confidence by setting you up for success when you’re trying new things at home.
Step 5: Don’t Forget About Clean Air
The air inside your home is often a lot less clean than it would seem. Here are some ideas that can help you breathe easier at home:
- Use natural, fragrance-free cleaning supplies, or create them yourself. If you like having a fresh scent throughout your home, choose plant-based options, like pine or citrus oils instead of candles.
- Choose allergen-resistant fabrics for upholstery and carpets and replace old pillows and mattresses frequently.
- Replace chemical-heavy artificial air fresheners with 100% essential oil diffusers; they’re not only healthier for you but also for any pets who may be sharing space with you.
Step 6: Create an Outdoor Decking/ Patio
Adding an outdoor decking/patio gives a second entertaining area for family and friends. Adding as much outside seating as possible creates a feeling of space but will also encourage people to spend time outdoors even on rainy days. A pool is also an option if you have room. It may cost you more, but it can be used throughout summer and may provide additional value if you decide to sell.