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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 July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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