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To relax,you could pay to go to a spa or a retreat. You could also create a peaceful haven at home. Bedrooms are relaxing spaces. But, you want a place where,simply by entering the room, you feel stresses of the day flow down and away from your shoulders and back.
A Peaceful Haven is a Step Away
Pick a room that’s close to a beautiful, open outdoor area. Paint walls soft colors like light blues, light greens or a light peach color. Soft neutral colors work well too. If the room is furnished, that’s fine. If not, consider only adding a small sofa and several of the below items:
- Plants – Plants that bud at the onset of spring could help you to remain calm and balanced as you experience change in your life. Green plants that require minimal care to grow can illustrate to you how consistent care pays off.
- Mildly scented candles – Candles offer a relaxing vibe whether they are lit or unlit. Go for milder scents rather than scents that take over the entire room.
- Incense – Similar to candles, incense offers a relaxing aroma. Choose decorative, wood incense trays to capture ash.
- Open space – Focus on creating as much open space in your peaceful haven as possible. Two to four pieces of furniture is plenty. Lack of clutter can create an open feeling inside your being.
- Lots of natural light – Hang light colored window treatments. Keep the window treatments open during the day. If your peaceful haven at home leads out onto a porch, enjoy sitting on the porch one or more days a week.
- Beautiful, natural views – You could paint nature scenes on the wall, hang pictures of you enjoying being outdoors in nature or you could choose a room at your home that faces beautiful, open natural views. What you see impacts how you feel, so gift yourself with beautiful sights.
- Hang wind chimes outside the room - Enjoy the sound of the chimes as cool breezes push across your front or back porch,whichever is closest to your peaceful haven.
- Small bookcase – A single small, three to four shelf bookcase adds décor to your peaceful haven at home. Intersperse colorful book ends, family portraits and knick knacks with positive quotes on them between your favorite motivational and uplifting books on the shelves.
- Hardwood floors – Choose a room that has hardwood floors as your peaceful haven at home. It could help you to feel more centered than a carpeted floor. Bring a mat into the room for yoga and meditation.
- Soft music – Play your favorite soft music to bring out your creative side. Turn the music down low and free yourself up to explore ideas you felt too busy to contemplate earlier in the day.
- Wall designs – Hang one to three motivational quotes on the walls. Choose motivational quotes that resonate with you. These could be motivational sayings that have moved you emotionally since you were a kid, since you graduated from high school or college or since you became a parent.
Keep floors and furniture clean. Similar to open space, a clean room inspires positive feelings.
Visit your peaceful haven at home one or more days a week. For example, you could enjoy reading a book or doing yoga or meditating in the room for thirty minutes to an hour three to four days a week.
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Furniture could help you to love your house that much more even if furniture isn't the first thing that you thought about when you bought your house. Awesome landscaping might actually be what attracted you to the house that you just bought. But, it's not outside where you're likely to spend most of your time.
Quick ways to furnish your home without sinking into debt
Most of your time at home may well be spent indoors. Get the wrong furniture and you could hate your house. Spend too much money on furniture and you might love the decor but feel sick each time you think about the price. These tips may keep you from spending too much while you furnish your entire home:
- Buy major furniture pieces for prominent rooms
- Focus on furnishing your living room and bedroom first
- Next, furnish rooms that see lots of use but not as much as the living room and bedroom
- Save finished basements and finished attics for last when furnishing your home
- Choose durable, year round outdoor furniture when buying seating pieces for your front porch and back yard patio
- Go for simple to keep your room spacious and open
- Measure room spaces that you plan to put certain furniture pieces in. Don't guess as to whether or not a chair, sofa, bed or table will fit into a part of your house. Also, make sure that furniture will fit through your front door.
- Consider waiting until after you buy large,expensive furniture pieces before you fill your house with paintings, ceramics and other art pieces
Take your time choosing the right furniture
Admittedly, a great yard, flowers in bloom and grass green and luscious, give nearly any property a value boost. But, it's the furniture that you choose that is going to help determine how comfortable you are when you're at home. Furniture that you place in your house will impact how much you actually like your house.
Old, worn furniture could cause you to regret a house, making it tough to separate the actual house from its interior design. Stylish, modern or futuristic furniture can help to make you feel in tune with popular trends and cultural changes that are on the cusp of happening.
The right furniture also provides your guests with enough space to sit or recline at your place without feeling cramped. If you've ever had guests sit on the floor because you ran out of chairs or didn't have a large enough sofa, you know how important furniture size is.
In addition to thinking about size and style, when selected furniture think about the size of your home. If you shove furniture into corners or tight spaces, you could damage chair and sofa arms. You could also chip expensive wood at the edges of end tables. Be smart when choosing home furnishings and you could fill your home with traditional or trendy furniture that you'll love, furniture that will hold up for years.
Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases that you’ll ever make in your lifetime. You’ll spend decades of your life making mortgage payments to pay off your home loan. Buying a home is more than just simply finding a place to live. It’s also a financial decision. Your home helps you to build equity, gives you tax deductions, and helps you to have some security in your financial future.
One of the biggest questions that you’ll have when you buy a home is “How much can I spend?” To answer this question, you’ll need to dig a little deeper.
Do You Have Money For A Down Payment?
The standard amount of money that you’ll need for a down payment is 20 percent of the purchase price of a home. If you don’t have the money for a full down payment, you’ll need to pay for private mortgage insurance (PMI). This could add up to be an extra cost of hundreds of dollars per month in additional insurance payments on top of your mortgage and every other kind of expense that goes along with buying a home. You’ll need to take the time to save up for a down payment if you’re a first time homebuyer. If you already own a home, the equity that you have in that home can help you with the down payment.
What Are Your Other Financial Responsibilities?
There’s more to buying a home than just the monthly mortgage payment. You’ll need to get insurance, pay taxes, and have some money set aside for repair and decorating costs. You’ll need to look at your monthly income to find out just how much you can afford on a home. You should take an honest look at your lifestyle and existing expenses in order to determine a comfortable monthly mortgage payment for you.
Know Your Credit Score
Your credit score will be a major factor in how much house you’ll be able to afford. Your lender will use your credit score and credit history to help determine what type of interest rate you’ll get and how much they’re willing to lend you in order to buy a home.
Understanding what you can afford for a home purchase is crucial before you even start shopping. It’s a good idea to meet with a lender to get pre-qualified. This is different than getting pre-approved. Your lender will give you a general idea of how much you can spend on a home without digging too deep into your finances. Getting pre-qualified is a great place to start when you’re looking at the numbers of being a homeowner.