Look around your home. How does it make you feel? Your home should be a reflection of you and your family. Comfort renovating, while not entirely new, has taken on a new meaning over the last year. If you’re looking to update your home, here are ways you can incorporate comfort into your renovation plans.
Think About the Floor Plan
Though “floor plans” and “comfort” may not seem to go hand in hand, the planning stage is the perfect time to make sure your home feels like – you! If your current floor plan seems cramped and crowded, creating an open concept living area may help you feel more relaxed.
Conversely, some people may not feel as comfortable in huge, open spaces. Instead of a massive kitchen, opt for a kitchen with a butler pantry, or create a smaller, quieter den instead of a large living room.
Think About Lighting
“You want to create a lighting plan that is versatile,” said Sydney Monson, one of JBDB’s designers. “Think about how to combine overhead lighting with wall sconces and table lamps.”
Creating a layered lighting design allows for softer, more relaxing lighting in the evenings, and brighter options during the day. Want even more coziness? Consider adding a fireplace for a warm glow during the winter months.
Think About the Temperature
A freezing cold basement, a hot kitchen, or a chilly bathroom floor are certainly not very comfortable. Interior home renovations are the perfect opportunity to add new HVAC, energy efficient windows and doors, or in-floor heat to your home to make sure your living spaces stay comfortable all year long.
Think About Color
Generally speaking, soft, neutral colors are popular choices for colors that evoke comfort. Soft whites, creams, and beiges are typically calming and comfortable. “Choosing paint colors is a very individual process,” said Kayleigh Queoff, a JBDB designer. “A dark, rich paint color might be the perfect choice for an office, library, or theater room.”
JBDB’s design team can walk homeowners through their options to help them find what colors will work best for their renovated spaces.
Think About What You Love
During the renovation process, it’s easy to get caught up in the details. But it’s important to take a step back and focus on what you love. Incorporating favorite colors, sentimental photos, or souvenirs will personalize your home with the things that your family loves.