How to make your room cosy with smart home products

Feeling a bit claustrophobic? We hear you. But spending a bit of time focusing on things like layout to create more space in your home or lighting to make a large room look cosy, can make a big difference. Adding a sense of space, comfort, and even creating a zen space can help when we’re all cooped up. So if you’ve got a spare afternoon this weekend, here are six super easy ideas to get started:

1. Get your tables into the sun

Light plays such an important role in our mood and general wellbeing. Now it’s summer and the sun’s out earlier and (fingers crossed) longer, try moving key spots like your desk or the table where you home school right next to a window, and ideally one you can open to get the vitamin D benefit. For what it’s worth, we all look much better on a Zoom call with direct sunlight on our face, too.

2. Invest in some smart lights

If you’re trying to figure out how to make a living room cosy, remember that lighting plays a big part. The lighting around your home can also make a big difference to general wellbeing. Swapping that cold white to a warmer hue and a softer tone is psychologically more relaxing and can help spaces feel bigger too.

Equally, for offices and bedrooms it might be worth thinking about one of our Hive colour changing bulbs. As well as being a bit of fun for the kids, blues and reds improve efficiency, which is helpful when you’re working late.

3. Re-work your home office

With many of us having had very little time to prepare for working from home, at first it was difficult to know how to make a home office set up work well. Now’s the time to reassess.

Make sure you’ve got a comfortable chair, a clear table and minimal distractions. For lots of us, the kitchen table might be the only option right now. In which case, move it into the corner of the room and set some rules so that people know not to disturb you. Simple things like writing notes, rather than directly talking to you, will cut down a lot of the more trivial interruptions. Or you could even hang a ‘do not disturb’ sign on your laptop when you’ve got online meetings or calls.

The other thing to make sure is the surface you’re working on is high enough, so you’re not stooped over. And please, try to avoid working from your bed for too long! If you need to work from your bedroom, try using books or shoes boxes to turn your dressing table into a stand-up desk instead. They’re much better for your body, burn loads more calories and a recent study by Business Insider showed they help boost energy and productivity too.

4. Set up smart sensors and plugs

Smart plugs and sensors might not sound like the most exciting bits of tech but they’re actually the heart of a smart home, and right now could be a good time to experiment.

The key is spending the time to connect your plugs and sensors to your other devices within your smart home ecosystem. In Hive’s case, that means setting up Hive Actions in the app (very easy to do). Do this and it opens up all sorts of ways to streamline everyday actions and get your home exactly how you want it.

For instance, you could set a sensor at the bottom of the stairs to switch everything on when you come down in the morning. So it turns on certain lights around the house and adjusts the temperature on your smart thermostat by a few degrees. You could even get it to turn on the coffee machine (just remember to put your coffee in it first!)

5. Go green

To create a cosy living room, indoor plants can play a huge part. They don’t just look nice, they also help purify the air and fill it with oxygen. Most house plants require much less maintenance than their garden cousins. And need little more than regular watering and the occasional prune to keep them in bloom for years to come.

Websites like Crocus have a great selection for you to choose from (our favourite is Mother in Law’s tongue…) Don’t forget a pot to complement your home space and if you’re tight on space, consider hanging planters.

6. Set up a reading zone

We’ve all been spending loads more time in front of our screens during the day, so it’s a good idea to find a way of winding down that doesn’t involve more screens in the evening. Or at least not every evening.

Maybe it’s time to create a zen space in your home where you can do just that. Find a comfy corner that can be your dedicated reading spot, for example. Or if you don’t like reading, use it for some me time away from the rest of the family.

Position a comfy chair near a window. Get a blanket and some cosy cushions, ask Alexa to dim your smart lights. Then settle down, grab a book. And if you’re anything like us, fall asleep immediately.

Take a look at our range of smart home products to create a cosy haven today.

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