We are asked to make a lot of compromises in life. And some of them, granted, are completely fair. Obviously, the whole world doesn’t revolve around us, much as it should. But we’ll put up with a headache-inducing paint job at a hair salon. We’ll tolerate a bad selection of music in a cafe – if the food is good enough. We’ll even deal with uncomfortable seating if the film we’re watching is worth it.
We expect to compromise on our experiences of comfort and personal taste when we’re in public. But those compromises should really be radically scaled back when we’re at home, shouldn’t they? Public businesses need to play it safe, or hit a particular style, to appeal to a customer base. But with home renovations, you only need to appeal to you – and maybe a few others in your family. So don’t let your furnishings or finishes drive you spare.
Paintwork: Colour Has An Impact
When you’re out in public, the places you go to will usually have picked their colour scheme based on clientele. Ice cream parlours, for example, usually have bright pinks and blues that can trigger a migraine. An estate agent, on the other hand, will go for something more muted. White is a classic, but be aware of the higher upkeep it requires.
In your home, match the colour scheme to the room. The living room can be a subtle shade of blue, which encourages serenity. In the kitchen, something brighter like yellow gives a dynamic feel. Don’t have them the other way round – you’ll take ages to cook dinner and then feel irritable afterward.
Sitting Area: Your Comfort Is Everything
If you’ve ever had a problem with chronic back pain, you’ll know how unforgiving seating can be. And the uniform seating on buses, in offices and restaurants is rarely right for you. Yet many of us put up, in our homes, with sofas that are scarcely any better, having a rigid back that forces you into one position.
A bean bag, from the likes of Comfy Sacks, allows you to put your comfort first in your own home. They aren’t as conventional as a sofa and may attract some glances at first. But when you sit on them, the misgivings go away. As can the back spasms. That alone is a reason to consider them.
In The Bathroom: Is Your Shower Right For You?
When we look at things in the abstract, including in showrooms, we can fall in love with them and think they’ll instantly improve our lives. The reality can then collide with our expectations in a monumental way. For example, initially a wet room seems like a great idea – and it is, if the shower is all that’s in there. But the floor takes time to dry properly – and it’s no fun brushing your teeth while standing in a puddle.
Some things in our home we put up with, because they were there when we moved in. At first, we thought we’d quite like them; then the reality comes charging in again. So if something in your home is annoying you, change it! Until you’re rich enough to demand your favourite restaurant repaints, it’s all you’ve got.