Everyone finds comfort in different things. Colour, texture, and composition are some of the first things that draw the eye to a room or an area of a that room. Some people may love rich, dark colours, some like punches of bright colours, and some find rest in a room in which there is very little variation in colour. Soft pillows and plush upholstery may make one want to plunge into a large armchair or crisp cottons and airy linens may make you feel fresh and at ease. Still others may enjoy the feel of tightly drawn leather and cool, smooth tiles. Nostalgia might make a person relax in a room cluttered with books, bric-a-brac, and time-worn furniture while others may prefer streamlined modernity with a nod to the future. Whatever it is you like, you’ll be sure to know immediately upon seeing it. Our feelings of comfort are not something we can contrive, they are intrinsic and fundamental.
My favourite room in my house is my daughter’s bedroom. Before she was born, I had already chosen the bedspread. There was nothing “little girl” about it but it was definitely feminine. I wanted something she could grow into and I also knew I could build a pretty room around it. But there was more to it than that. It reminded me of the quilts at my grandmother’s house, the roses in her garden, the safety of childhood. Why wouldn’t I want to give that to my daughter? My budget didn’t allow for fine antique pieces, but I found furniture that, to me, had a similar feel to things of yesteryear and that, when brought together, created an atmosphere with which I was familiar. Creamy yellow walls give the room a light, airy feeling while bold, maroon curtains pick up the roses in her bedspread and liven things up a little. In fact, I’ve been tempted to use the same red on one of her walls but may wait until she’s older and wants a bit of a change. I can be flexible…a little.
When I see the sun coming in my daughter’s bedroom window and spreading its warm rays across her bed, I feel a sudden calm come over me. It invites me to grab a book, pile up some pillows and snuggle into a corner of her bed. That’s the feeling that comfortable design should trigger. Certainly not all design is for comfort, but that design with which we’re most familiar – our homes – should be geared to our comfort. It also doesn’t mean that we all should have the same idea of comfort. What’s important is that we take note of what gives us that sense of peacefulness and relaxation and find a way to bring it into our homes. It doesn’t have to be big or expensive, it could be as simple as a fresh bouquet of flowers on our kitchen counter that suddenly makes your kitchen your favourite and most comfortable room.
Tell me, then, what’s your favourite room and why?