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6 Ways to Balance Style and Comfort in Your Home

6 Ways to Balance Style and Comfort in Your Home

After a long stressful day, your “home” is the sanctuary where you can unwind from the daily hectic routine of life. We all desire our senses to be aesthetically pleased in the best possible manner, especially when one is thinking of designing the place we live in.

Achieving a proper blend of an electrifying style and a relaxing environment can be a little bit challenging, even some of the most renowned interior design companies struggle with it. However, it will be an exaggerated notion to call it as an “impossible task to accomplish!”

Nowadays, in striving to achieve comfort,people start to compromise style for a cozier feel, unlike the more formal times of the past. “A relaxed lifestyle is something people want more and more, and their homes are reflecting that,” says New York City-based designer Young Huh. The question which normally arises is: “Can a sanctuary from external world stresses be only acquired at the cost of lucrative style?” However, we believe that with a few intelligent tips, a balance between both comfort and style can be successfully achieved for a home that echoes not only amenity, but also luxury.

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1. Required comfort should be irreplaceable

You would not really care how luxurious, modern, or cool a sofa, bed, or flooring looks unless you don’t find it relaxing and enjoyable to sit, sleep, or walk over it for a long time. While shopping for such items of your house, it is highly recommended to keep comfort on top of all your priorities. Today, there is a massive market of furniture and it is not a challenge to find ultra posh, yet snug and affordable furniture.

2. Design according to your aesthetic sense

Beauty and ugliness are two essential components of our lives. Everyone has their own taste, which itself is being judged subjectively and universally. It is of immense importance for anyone to attain the feel of contentment and pleasure after designing their living space.

What defines a perfectly interior designed room or house could merely be an act of filling out space with voguish decorations and furniture for you. Therefore, it will be sensible to invest your money on what you want and not what others want. At the end of the day, you are the one staying there and not others.

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3. Think before you plan to decorate

Sit in your bedroom, sitting area, washroom, and balcony one by one each day. Look around deliberately; take the feel of every corner, think of how you would want the space to be filled, which colors would give you tranquility, if you would like to keep a certain nook of your home looking spacious or would you rather prefer stuffing it with huge decors.

Plan it all, from lighting to colorful walls. You should be confident on how you would want the final picture in your mind to become a reality. Remember, even if you are hiring an interior decorator for designing your place, they will only be giving an image to your thoughts in a professional manner.

4. Keep tradition parallel to modernization

Although modernization is rendered as transition from traditional to a modern setup, during renovating or decorating your house for style and comfort, a blend of both modern and traditional style (termed as transitional styling) is considered as one of the secrets behind a warm, cozy, and well furbished home.

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To incorporate a touch of both, go for wooden interior with vintage yet trendy mixing elements and light tan matted color selections.

5. Nature, a health promoter and beauty enhancer

How can one forget to mention “nature” while discussing style and comfort together? We know nature plays a vital role in human health and well-being. Keeping ornamental plants in the home has a very soothing influence on the human mind and vision. Also, greenery in general brings positive energy, character, and beauty to any space.

Plants give a refreshing retro look and feel to the home. There is a wide variety of houseplants and thousands of ideas for displaying them in a grand manner. Visit any local nursery to bring in some alluring houseplants and consider cascading them like the string of pearls or as side-table chic pots. Do not worry if you don’t have a green thumb because many of the plants ask for almost no care at all.

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6. Soft fabric is a must

Sometimes you are going to spend the entire day in your lounge doing nothing but just sitting. Make sure you go for the right kind of mushy, flurry, soft, and comfy fabric for your sofa and cushions.

Having cotton slipcovers over the pillows, ottoman, and throws (rather than the thick structured leathery upholstery) will make you feel pampered like a baby, which we all become at one point or the other in our homes. Similarly, you can go for a very soft, stylish, and stripped rug on the floor. This will not only give a burst of grandeur to your room, but will also feel as if you are walking on the very clouds themselves.

Featured photo credit: tommerton2010 via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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