Feb 16, 2018 By Thomasville
It’s easy to get swept up planning your home furniture and design—colors, textures, lighting, décor, fabrics, styles. And then, in the end, you love it. But somehow you just can’t quite relax and unwind at the end of the day.
The challenge in planning a room for the way you live is noticing and being honest with yourself about how you really live. How loungy are you, really? Where do you eat, really? How much TV do you watch…really? Until you’ve chosen the home furniture that accommodates the way you like to relax, your home won’t feel relaxing. If you’re looking for ways to make your home more relaxing, starting with one of these ideas should get you pointed in the right direction.
Relaxing involves putting your feet up. If you don’t have a place to do it, it’s hard to relax. But putting your feet up doesn’t mean settling for heavy, bulky recliners. Modern home furniture has lots of beautiful ways to help you accomplish it. Upholstered ottomans are a stylish alternative to cocktail tables. Abundant throw pillows and smart fabric choices make sofas comfortable for tucking your feet up or sitting sideways. And when it comes to recliners, Grandpa wouldn’t recognize the variety of sleek styles you can find today.
A comfortable, relaxing room needs to be well lit. Beautiful home furniture deserves to be seen, and uncomfortable shadows need to be banished. However, “well lit” doesn’t mean “lit up like an office.” Look for places where a dark lampshade might make your light softer and more atmospheric. Put switched lights on dimmers. Make sure you have task light where you need it for reading, homework, or hobbies so you don’t have to flood the whole room to give yourself the light you need.
Clutter makes a space uncomfortable. Having things disorganized and not where you need them makes it hard to relax. So look for home furniture that gives you the functional storage you need, in the places where you need it. If you want a sofa table to serve double duty as a paperwork station, make sure it has drawers for supplies, and trays, cups, or other attractive organizers for the things you use there. Hide cords and chargers. Identify and deal with kid clutter. If magazines and newspapers pile up, have a tray or basket for them. Choose side tables with drawers for remotes, coasters, glasses; choose storage ottomans for blankets and pillows. Don’t beat yourself up about your mess. Instead, identify what the mess is made of and find solutions that keep it controlled.
Pay attention to the way you really like to relax. When you choose home furniture and accessories that help you do it, you’re bound to have a more relaxing home.