How do we define comfort when it comes to décor? It seems like it should be simple. And yet sometimes a room just doesn’t feel right. For some reason, you just don’t want to hang out in some of the rooms in your home. You might not even be sure why that is.
So how can you make a room comfortable?
First off, to add comfort you need to make sure the room is clean and organized to be comfortable. There is nothing worse than “stuff” everywhere. January is the perfect month to start thinning things out and finding a place to put everything away. This month I am going to clean out a few rooms in our home. Our family room, kitchen and master bedroom are already done. They don’t really need any more organization but it never hurts to open up the cupboards one last time to double check. (Plus next month is my big organizational month. The biggest project, our third floor, is going to probably take me 30 days to clean out. Oh my …)
Once the rooms are decluttered then it is time to make sure you have the basics covered. Is there proper lighting? As I get older I find I need more light in my rooms. Lighting can add comfort to a room. So don’t hesitate to add a lamp or two if needed. Next, evaluate if the furniture is comfortable. Maybe you need an ottoman added to a comfy chair. Or perhaps you need more pillows on a sofa. Sometimes a small adjustment can make a huge difference.
I like to make sure the areas in our rooms have a purpose. We don’t use our living room very often so I try to make certain areas more conducive to reading or playing games. It’s really important that a room is good for conversation. Sometimes you need to move the furniture closer together to facilitate this. When we were in our Airbnb in London it was only a few hours before I had my boys help me move around all of the furniture in the living room. I was happy to learn the owner liked it better and left it the way I had arranged it!
Finally, January is the perfect time to add back in some comfort in your rooms. I like the texture and neutral colors. All of my holiday pillows are going to be replaced. When I get back in town I will be heading to the LA Garment district to find some nubby and textured fabrics to make pillow covers. I am also going to make a woven pillow cover with yarn and upholstery fabric. I haven’t really seen this done before but I think if I buy a heavily woven fabric I can thread large yarn pieces throughout the fabric and create some fun texture. I also want to make a macramé styled pillow with string. I am ready to try DIY’s this year that I have never seen before. I just think they might be really fun. It’s a bit risky and you might see some real FAILED projects but we won’t know until we try, right?
The most important thing you need to make your home décor comfy for the winter season is blankets and throws. I like to have a few throw blankets in every room of our house. I like the ones with fleece or fur-type linings. I have had my eye on the large knit blankets for quite some time but I just can’t justify the cost. So I found some of the yarn and this month I am going to knit one myself. And I won’t be using knitting needles, rather I will knit the blanket on my arms. This will probably be my most interesting (and humorous) DIY yet. Hopefully, my girlfriend can film it because I can’t even imagine what it will be like to knit on my arms. Hmmm. Stay tuned for that one.