Living in a small space can have it’s issues, but having a comfortable home needn’t be one of them. While it’s true that adding comfortable touches to a small house or room can create a cluttered look if you aren’t careful, I’m here to guide you to a home full of comfort, not clutter! Follow these guidelines (remember, I don’t believe in “rules”) and make your space comfy, relaxing and clutter free.
Decide what comfort means to you. Do you want a space thats wraps you in warmth? Or an airy, fresh room full of bright light? Do you spend time cuddling on the sofa with your kids or a good book, or is your space mostly for entertaining? Knowing what you want out of a space will tell you what kind of comfort is most important. For instance, a book cuddling family will think “comfort” by seeing fluffily sofa pillows, while the entertaining family will feel comfort knowing there is plenty of seating for all their guests.
Work with color first. Color is the fastest way to set a mood in a room, and so you need to determine what color schemes make you feel comfortable. Cool blues, greens and pinks are relaxing and calming. Warm corals, yellows and browns can make you feel,well… warm! What is comfort to you, in this space? There is no wrong answer, just what speaks to you and your family. I like to use color on the walls, then keep the accessories minimal in contrast to keeping the look clean and un-cluttered.
Seek comfort for all the senses. Visual is a given, but do you need to install heavier window coverings to keep the room from overheating in the afternoon? Move the family game space away from the baby’s room to keep down the noise? Add a tray for serving snacks next to the fireplace? Scented candles? Remember, the sense of touch is psychological, not just physical… The eye sees a soft cushy chair or bed, and you actually “feel” the comfort in the mind! Photo by Kate Collins Interiors.
Try to prioritize adding comfort items, and add them in as simple a form as possible to prevent a cluttered look. Instead of candles scattered all around the room, try lining up 5 or 7 simple ones in a neat row on a table. Keep pillows all the same value, if not the same color. Keep pattern to a minimum, but add texture to keep things interesting. A fuzzy throw blanket? Matching square baskets to hide clutter? A warm area rug to cushion the footsteps?
Finally, add living things to your room. Fresh green plants or fresh flowers change the feel of a room in the way no other things can. Personal photos of the ones you love, recalling fond memories. Fresh, delicious food. Remember comfort is all about what’s important to you!
The most successful room design always pay attention to how comfortable the room is… so make sure you spend a little time creating comfort, not clutter!Image Credits: HGTV, Ikea, Pinterest, Pinterest, BHG, Kate Collins Interiors, Pottery Barn