Comfort

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?

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8 thoughts on “Comfort

  1. Congratulations!!!
    What a great idea and a clean blog design. Most importantly, a well written first post, as only you are capable of, and such a simple, comfortable and cozy picture to go along with it. I hope this means that we get more of you on both Suffonsifisms and here. I already subscribed to A Good Century. An interesting title for a blog, any hidden meaning there?
    Looking forward feasting on your words and pictures.

    My favorite room is a small bar in the basement of the building where I live. Although my flat is on the 2nd floor (3rd as per North American terminology) I also have some private space in the communal basement. It’s no more than 25 sq.m. and is divided into a bathroom (with a shower) a tiny bedroom or office and a somehow larger area (still small by any standard). It’s where I spend my quality alone time or in the company of friends, watching TV, playing Foosball and/or enjoying a few drinks 🙂

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    1. Hi Abufares! Thank you! I’m so happy you’re here. I certainly hope to write more but time will tell. And no, no hidden meaning in the title…I just didn’t want to limit myself to only modern design.

      You’re room sounds like the ultimate “man cave”! What more could a guy ask for? Sounds very comfortable indeed! Enjoy! 🙂

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  2. A book half read, left over the bed. Is there an image that depicts better than that one the idea of comfort? Comfort is home’s ultimate goal.
    I have a favorite spot at home: the place where the computer is. From there, I can get connected with everybody. And, I can hear everything that’s going on too.

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    1. Hi Gabriela! Yay! You’re here too. Thank you! 🙂 And you’re right, comfort is the ultimate goal for home. I’m glad to hear you have a nice spot too and with your computer…you’ve got the whole world to relax with you!

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  3. To answer your question: our balcony. We just moved into our space and we love elements in every room – but none are complete. But the balcony … it is the smallest room yet, the one we spent most of the summer upon. It has the view (parliament, the river etc.) that just never gets old – and my old antique urn overflowing with plants and two wonderful round grey chairs and a little table. We have eaten every meal there. It makes me feel like I am perched high up in a huge tree … I can see the world but the world doesn’t see me. Taste of freedom. Winter is coming …. we shall miss it.

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    1. Hi Sonja! So happy to see you here! Yes, it is difficult when a room is seasonal. The nice thing is, though, that you have something to look forward to again when spring comes. It sounds like a gorgeous spot…very comfortable too.

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