It’s official – we could all use an extra dose of “cozy” this winter. Having a comfortable home, no matter what time of year, is one of the most important things you can do for your well-being. Your home should be a safe space where you and your family can unwind from all the chaos that has been 2020. And since we’ve all been spending extra time at home this year, we thought we’d put together a list of 10 things you can do to make your space feel warm and cozy this season.
1. Use Warm Colors
It might be cold outside, but for a cozy interior, choose a palette rooted in warm, comfortable colors. Textiles, accessories, and art featuring hues like rusty red, burnt orange, mustard yellow, and olive green make gorgeous additions to most neutral color schemes. If you plan on using more saturated shades, be sure to balance them with plenty of warm white to avoid a heavy, overdone look.
2. Create Warmth Through Lighting
As the days get shorter and it gets dark out earlier, utilize your home’s lighting to make up for lack of sunlight. Create a cozy ambiance with light fixtures that emit a warm, soft glow. Avoid lights with too high of wattage or with cool undertones.
Any harsh, single overhead lighting should also be avoided.
Instead, make sure you have an abundance of task lighting, table & floor lamps, candles (preferably scented), and ambiance lighting. Rearrange floor lamps and table fixtures to brighten up dark corners or provide additional light to your favorite reading nook.
3. Add Life With Plants & Flowers
Plants add coziness and warmth because they are living things. They add freshness and life to a space and are even said to help with stress and health. Plants housed in pots, planters, and baskets are in and of themselves very cozy and have the benefit of adding textural pops of interest to any room. Chose pots and planters in warm tones like terracotta or in warm metallics like brass. If you prefer baskets, choose a seagrass or other natural woven materials.
If you’re someone who just doesn’t have a green thumb, use faux greenery instead. There is absolutely nothing wrong if you prefer to decorate with fake plants, and in today’s market, you can find some pretty life-like alternatives. Avoid anything that looks too fake or might have been found in your parent’s kitchen in the mid-1990s. Instead, go for realistic shrubs or trees like these from Artiplanto.
4. Perfect Your Cold Weather Playlist
Make yourself a mix of music that makes you feel good! Put it on shuffle, relax, and repeat. Maybe you’re a fan of holiday music or perhaps soothing instrumentals are more your speed – the good news is that most music services these days have premade playlists, some of which you can filter by mood, so it’s easier than ever to discover new music.
5. Play With Textures
Plush accent pillows, sheepskins, faux fur accents, area rugs, and woven throw blankets all make for a much more inviting living space. You can also think about investing in or making larger pillows or poufs for the floor. Layer throws over sofas, chairs, benches, and beds to help you snuggle in and get comfy.
6. Add Cozy, Seasonal Patterns
A fun way to get into the holiday spirit and add warmth to your home is to swap out your regular décor for more festive accessories. Choose blankets and pillows in seasonal patterns and colors for an accent that’s easy to swap out throughout the year.
7. Warm Up Your Window Treatments
Switch out summer sheers for patterned drapes in a thicker fabric like velvet or a heavier drape with a thermal lining. Besides making a space look warm and cozy, they’ll actually insulate the room by blocking cold air from leaking through old windows at night.
Tip: Curtains should hover slightly above the floor to fight off dust and avoid tripping hazards.
8. Hang Artwork & Mirrors
If you’re wondering why your house feels stark or cold, it may be because you’ve got nothing hanging on your walls. While it can be a striking design choice to keep a wall entirely bare and have one piece of art as the focal point, if you’re trying to create a warm, cozy feeling, we suggest loading up your walls with intentional, meaningful pieces that will add personality and serve to showcase family photos and special memories.
Besides paintings and prints, you can also hang:
- Fiber Art
- Textile Wall Hangings
- Quilts or Rugs
- Your Children’s Artwork
- Your Own Personal Artwork – We love the idea of a gallery wall with family photos.
9. Don’t Forget Fragrance & Scent
Never underestimate the power of scent! Your home might look amazing, but if it smells like last night’s asparagus and salmon dinner, you are doing your home a disservice. There are many things you can do to keep your home smelling good – wax melts, scented candles, incense, fresh fragrant flowers, DIY stovetop mulling spices, or our favorite, bake some yummy holiday treats. It may seem like a little thing, but you can rest assured once you have your home smelling amazing, you’ll never want to leave!
Some of our favorite seasonal scents include:
- Cinnamon Pumpkin
- Fresh Balsam
- Mulled Cider
- Vanilla Bean
- Leather & Oak
10. Put Your Memories on Display
A mantel full of holiday cards or a wall full of photos from the last year will keep your heart full of warm memories as you get through the next few gray months. Plus, since we’ve all been seeing a lot less of our loved ones in person this year, displaying their photos around your home will make them feel close by.
Article by Katie Rothman, REX