Your home is your kingdom. It’s where you unwind, relax, and take a moment to pamper yourself. And that self-care is important.
So it’s worth taking the time, and spending a little money, to make your living space as inviting and luxurious as possible. Because you really do deserve it.
So whether you’ve just moved in and you haven’t got the place in order yet, or your home is starting to feel a little drab. Here are some ideas for adding some luxury to your personal kingdom.
A comfortable bedroom is essential to a good night’s sleep, and good sleep promotes good mental and physical health.
You might think you could sleep anywhere, anytime. But you’d be surprised what a difference high-quality bed-sheets and pillows can make to the quality of your sleep.
Switching from polyester-blends to 100% cotton sheets will immediately bring a little luxury to your bedding, as cotton tends to be softer and more breathable than other options.
And if you’d really like to push the boat out, go for high thread-count sheets (anything between 400-1000) made from Egyptian long-staple, Pima, or Supima cotton.
If you find you’re waking up with back or neck pain, take a look into memory foam pillows and mattresses (like these from SIMBA) which provide support whilst relieving painful pressure points whilst you sleep. A good mattress is an essential investment when it comes to sleep quality.
And if you’re used to sleeping in underwear or old t-shirts, why not invest in a few sets of silk, linen or cotton pyjamas, which are kinder on your skin, more breathable, and invitingly soft.
Fully renovating your bathroom can be expensive. But there are lots of ways to bring extra colour, warmth and a touch of luxury to your bathroom without having to spend a fortune.
A great way to add some personality is with a cute set of bath mats. Whether you go for bright block colours or a more adventurous pattern, bath mats absorb excess moisture (which helps prevent mould and damage to the flooring), and add some aesthetic impact to an otherwise boring room.
And what’s the first thing you notice at a spa or a fancy hotel? Big, soft, quality towels, like these hotel quality bath towels from Richard Haworth, will make stepping out of the shower on a cold morning that little bit less horrendous.
Luxury hand soaps, bath bombs and soaks like these from Soul and Soap will do wonders for your bathrooms aroma, add some extra pockets of colour to the room, and make your morning bathroom routine a bit more special.
There is plenty of research to suggest that lighting significantly affects our mood. A lot of this has to do with our response to bright, artificial lighting which mimics early morning sun and gets our bodies into gear.
So overhead lights which flood your home are great for getting started in the morning and ploughing through the morning chores. But when you want to switch to something more relaxing and start to wind down ready for bed, you need to adjust your lighting accordingly.
A great way to do this is with standing and table lamps that can be adjusted to provide warmer, less intense light in the evenings.
Yellow tones (at the bottom of the colour scale) correspond to dawn and dusk, times when the body is generally more relaxed. Check out AuraGlow for some ideas.
Flowers and Houseplants
Houseplants and flowers smell great, help clean the air in your home, and add some real personality to drab rooms.
But some varieties are easy to keep and will last longer without losing their vitality. In terms of houseplant, look out for a beautiful big-leaved swiss-cheese plant (so named because of its pretty leaf pattern), a fast-growing Devil’s Ivy which can live anywhere, an air-purifying Peace Lily, or a low-maintenance Maidenhair Fern.
For some cut-flowers that you can grow at home, and will look great in the living room or kitchen, your best bet are easy-to-grow sunflowers, fragrant oriental lilies, some colourful tulips, or elegant roses.
There’s nothing more wonderful than arriving home to a home that smells great. And there are lots of ways to add some luxury aromas.
Let’s talk candles. These waxy luxuries can be a bit overpowering so you want to space them out strategically and avoid fragrancy clashes.
Bigger rooms like the kitchen, living room or bedroom can deal with bigger scents that diffuse throughout the house.
Citrus scents like tangerine and lemon will cut through greasy cooking smells and freshen up the house after dinner, whilst softer fragrances like jasmine, orchid and caramel are more relaxing and will leave linen and upholstery smelling great.
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