Your home is your haven, and this year has proven that more than ever. There’s no doubt that it should welcome you every time you walk in the door. To do that, you need to make your home cozy. While we usually think of getting cozy during the colder months that are approaching, the beauty of coziness is that it can exist in any climate, any time of the year.
You don’t need to completely redecorate to make your home cozy. You just have to make it feel warm, comfortable, and inviting. It’s doable in just about any space if you follow some basic ideas.
#1. Warm it Up
When you say “cozy”, people often think of a crackling fire in the fireplace on a cold day. But if you don’t have a fireplace or if the temperature doesn’t need a blast of heat, you can still utilize warmth to cozy up a room. Shift from cool colors, like blues and greens—to warmer ones, like earthy tones and autumn hues. Accessorize with the same theme—wood instead of shiny chrome or slick black. Use woven baskets for storage or accents, and earthen pottery instead of crystal, china, or other delicate materials. And even if the weather may not require a roaring fire, it’s never the wrong temperature to light some candles to warm up the atmosphere. Adding ambiance is everything!
#2. Set Up a Nook
A nook provides a cozy, intimate space where you can enjoy some peaceful time. Maybe you create a reading corner with a comfy chair, side table, and a collection of books. Or you have a small parlor setting, with just a table and one or two chairs, where you can languish over a cup of tea or coffee. You can set up a nook anywhere that you can make space to indulge your relaxing moments.
#3. Sink In
A cozy room is furnished with pieces that make you want to sit or lie down for hours on end and binge-watch your favorite Netflix show or read your book of choice. Choose an overstuffed chair with a matching ottoman, a couch with plump pillows that scream, “put your head here”, and accessories that encourage you to get comfy and stay awhile—like a stack of books or magazines, a chess or backgammon board set up and ready to play, and a soft lap throw to snuggle under.
#4. Soften Up the Flooring
From hardwood or laminate to ceramic tile, a floor can underscore your room in a big way when it’s uninterrupted from end to end. Add an area or throw rug here and there to accentuate spaces (like the aforementioned nook). The splash of color and texture will instantly make your room cozier and help create more defined spaces throughout your home.
#5. Turn Down the Lights
Switch your bulbs from cool to warm light. Install dimmers on your lighting so you can reduce the brightness. Use table lamps and wall sconces instead of overhead lighting. And don’t forget to light some candles for the warm glow that gives a cozy feeling unlike any other!
#6. Tidy Up
A cozy space is free of clutter. You don’t need starkness. Just remove the excess. A few books or magazines are better than a large stack. Minimize the items on display to reduce distraction. Choose those decorative pieces—photos, sculpture, art, accents—that make you feel especially happy and tranquil.
#7. A Blooming Pleasure
There’s nothing like a vase of flowers to give a room that cozy sense of place. You don’t need an expensive arrangement. A vase, pitcher, bowl, or other container filled with colorful blooms is a small investment with many happy returns. If you don’t have a green thumb, purchase a replica of your favorite flowers or a house plant that is guaranteed to be around for a while, no watering required!
Cozy is more than just the state of your home, it is also a feeling. To best tap into that feeling, you can use all of the above tips or pick and choose to create those comfortable, welcoming vibes!