5 Simple Ways: Creating A Warm Cozy Home
As the colder seasons creep in, we’re all trying to create warmer, cozier spaces, and not necessarily by turning up the heat. Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to make your space inviting, cozy and comfortable. Here are 5 tiny ways to cozy up your home.
1: No chilly feet!
Keep a pair of slippers by your main entrance to change into as soon as you cross the threshold, so you’ll be comfortable from the moment you get home from work. Bonus: They’ll keep you from tracking in snow or salt from the sidewalk.
2: Rugs, rugs rugs.
Sometimes it's more relaxing walking around your home barefoot. Sisal and flat-weave rugs are great when it’s warm outside, but for winter, you want a little pile. If you don’t have the budget to get a giant area rug, consider layering smaller rugs in strategic spots, like next to the bed, under the coffee table, or in front of your favorite reading chair.
3: Soft light please
Fairy-lights and candle lights are great options. When the nights get darker earlier, it’s tempting to go to bed around 7 p.m. Resist, but without the harsh overhead lighting, by fitting table lamps with warm-toned LED lights for a cozy candle-lit glow that’ll still keep you awake.
4: It's so fuzzy!
An excuse to splurge on one of those big furry pillows! Add one or two textured throw pillows to your couch (or just change the covers on your existing pillows) to make your space look and feel cozier. Other options: Nubby boucle, a wooly cable knit, or a rich velvet.
5: Add something organic in every room
Wood, woven and fresh. Wooden pieces, be they a footstool, a bench, or a side table to vases and small ornaments. If wood pieces aren't in your budget, a basket or pile of artfully arranged chopped wood feels just as impactful, even if you don’t have a fireplace to burn it in. Woven pieces like heavy curtains, blankets over the sofa, textured floor pillows and large storage baskets all provide that sense of warmth in any space. Most importantly, add plants! Just because everything outside is brown or blanketed in snow doesn’t mean your house has to look drab inside, too. Bringing home a few easy-to-care-for plants, like succulents, can instantly add vibrancy to your space. In fact, one study even suggests that having indoor plants can reduce psychological stress. No green thumb? No problem!