For so many people, the home is truly where their heart is. Not only because it’s the place that houses some of their favorite people in life. It’s also because a home environment is a place where people can relax and really be the most vulnerable. If you’re looking for ways to create a comfortable family home that everyone enjoys, consider these four tips.

Infuse Texture

The contrast of hard surfaces and soft fabrics is always interesting. If you have hardwood floors, make sure to soften the look by adding plush, comfortable rugs. If you have stunningly plush wall-to-wall carpeting, consider contrasting the look with bamboo rugs, wooden blinds or glass tabletops. Get comfortable couches that envelope your body when you sink down to watch a tv show.

Play with Color

If you’d like to play around with color and make your environment interesting, look to accessories to pull off the plan. Choose interesting vases in fun colors. Add beautiful bouquets of flowers to certain rooms each week. Add stunning artwork to the walls of the home or paint a few of the walls in bold colors. Consider painting the ceiling to add a sense of colorful dimension. Pillows can serve as great pops of color as well.

Cultivate Efficiency

Unfortunately, there are many people who fail to create a comfortable environment because they thrive in inefficiency. If the dishwasher breaks down, there’s no sense of urgency to get it fixed. In this case, it sits for months or years before someone decides to fix it. Take care of your investment and keep your home in working order. If the garage door breaks down, don’t decide this is a sign that you don’t need to use it anymore. Get it fixed.

Invest in Good Lighting

Lighting is a great tool to set the mood. Keep a variety of options for each room. Recessed lighting is increasingly popular. A tall lamp can go beautifully in a corner. It’s also nice to keep another lamp on top of a side table. Consider the workstations and make sure those areas have lighting. Areas like the piano, sink and office table always need extra lighting. If you match the lights near mirrors in the room, this also increases the amount of light in the room. Don’t forget to include beautiful window treatments that allow natural light into a room.

As you work on including these factors in your home decor, you’ll figure out which ones work well. Don’t be afraid to experiment and have a good time. It’s also good to remember that it’s a process. The best home decor is built over a period of time.