Our homes are the places that we go to relax and unwind at the end of a long and stressful day. Or at least, they should be. Your home should be your retreat from the world, the place that you feel the most safe. If your house isn’t somewhere that is calm, comfortable and relaxation-friendly, it might be time to change that. Your house should be somewhere that is incredibly comfortable and relaxing.

If you’re home isn’t as comfortable or relaxation-friendly as it could be, you should consider taking the steps to change that. Believe it or not, making your home more of a comfortable and cozy space isn’t as difficult as you would think. All it takes is a few small decor and furniture changes, nothing too big or expensive. To give you some ideas for how you can make your home more comfortable and relaxing, there are lots of useful tips and suggestions below.

Get inspired

As with any decor project, the first step that you need to take is to get inspired. If you’re unsure of how you want to go about making your home more comfortable, cozy and relaxing, it’s best to take the time to get inspiration. There’s plenty of inspiration to choose from; it’s just a case of knowing where to look. The best places to find ideas are in home design and decoration magazines, as well as online. There are plenty of home design blogs that you can read. As well as lots of social media sites, like Pinterest, that are ideal for finding inspiration. It’s important to take the time to get inspired so that you know which style of decor you like the most. For instance, for relaxing spaces, some people prefer to use neutral colors. While others prefer natural tones, like sea foam blue.

Select the perfect pieces

Once you’ve got the inspiration and ideas that you need, the next step is to select the perfect pieces of furniture for each area of your home. You may already have furniture that’s ideal for a relaxing and comfortable space. However, if you don’t, then it’s time to invest in the ideal pieces. For your lounge, a corner sofa is the ultimate comfort luxury. However, not all living rooms are the right size and shape to incorporate a corner sofa. If that’s the case, opt for a plush sofa design that’s wonderfully comfortable and cozy. Just because it’s not a corner sofa, that doesn’t mean it won’t add comfort. Another simple way you can make your living room or another area of your home look and feel more comfortable is to add a couple of Comfy Sacks to it. Bean bags make a great addition to any home. After all, there’s nothing that says comfort like a bean bag chair that you can just sink into.

Invest in soft furnishings

To give your home a more comfortable and welcoming feel, consider investing in more soft furnishings. Have you ever been to a fancy hotel and felt warm and cozy when stepping into your room because there were throws and pillows everywhere? Well, to create a home that looks and feels lovely and warm and welcoming, it’s all about the right soft furnishings. In each room, from your lounge to your bedrooms, have throws dotted around. These could be hung up, placed over furniture, or neatly folded in baskets; it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you have plenty of throws dotted about. A word to the wise, to add an extra sense of comfort and coziness, opt to incorporate soft furnishings in different textures. From woolen blends to faux fur throws, pick pieces in a range of textures and materials. There’s something about different materials that adds an extra sense of warmth and coziness.

Swap hardwood for carpet

If your house has mainly hardwood or tile floors, it’s going to lack a sense of warmth. To remedy this, consider swapping these floors for carpet. This is an ideal change to make to the upstairs rooms. However, it probably isn’t as suitable for places that get a lot of foot traffic, such as the living room, for instance. This is because, in these areas, the carpet would get worn out and stained far too quickly. For rooms that have wooden, slate or tile flooring and that can’t be swapped to carpet, consider adding a couple of area rugs. It’s amazing how much warmth an area rug can add, especially if it’s a soft and fluffy design. Plus, areas rugs are affordable and can be a great method of adding style.

Get the lighting right

Last but not least, one of the most important things when it comes to making your home look and feel more relaxing and comfortable is the lighting. This may seem like a strange one but believe it or not, it’s incredibly important. The lighting that you opt to have in your home is crucial for setting the mode, which is why it’s so important to get it right. The thing is lighting that’s too bright, for instance can make your home lack warmth. However, by opting for lighting sources that give a subtle glow, such as table lamps, you can make your home look and feel more welcoming. As well as helping to create the sense of it being a warmer space.

Your home should be yours’ and your family’s sanctuary. The place that you are able to fully relax and unwind in. Something that a lot of us don’t realize is that the decor and style of our homes can have an impact on this. Meaning that sometimes our homes are as comfortable and relaxing as they could be. The good news is that all it takes to remedy this is a few small changes, such as those mentioned above. The great thing about these changes is that they don’t have to be expensive to do, you can easily make them budget-friendly. It’s just a case of being smart about how you go about it.