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I love being at home! It’s my cozy sanctuary–especially lately. Even though everyone has a different take on what cozy means to them, my definition of a cozy house is one that evokes feelings of comfort, relaxation, and contentment.
If you’d like to make your home feel more cozy, below I’m sharing 10 easy ways to make your home feel so warm and welcoming you’ll never want to leave!
10 Easy Ways to Cozy Up Your Home
Even after we painted all the walls and ceilings in our house white, I discovered I could still create a cozy vibe in any room–during any time of year–just by adding a pop of color. My current favorite color is blue, as you’ll see throughout our home. I also love a pop of green, so I try to include one or two plants in every space.
One of the easiest ways to make your home feel cozy and comfortable is by adding warmth underfoot with rugs. Since all the floors in our home (except in the basement, where we have carpeting) are wood or tile, soft rugs are a must. Here are a few of my current favorites (see my Rugs Page for more ideas):
Here’s a photo of our living room from a few months ago, featuring my favorite indigo rug. We love it so much we have another in our master bedroom:
3. Blankets and Throws.
One of the best ways to create a cozy atmosphere is with throws–especially when they’re made of soft fabrics like cashmere or cotton. I like to keep throw blankets all over the house so I can easily wrap up whenever I get chilly. Here are a few favorites:
I also keep them in our guest rooms and master bedroom for impromptu naps. By the way, large scarves, like the plaid one shown below, make great throws, too.
Next, swap in some comfortable throw pillows. A few weeks ago, we added a comfy sectional to the hearth room / TV room adjacent to our kitchen, so I’ve been raiding my decor closet and piling it high with cozy pillows and throws. Here are a few favorites (see my Pillows Page for more ideas):
I’m a fan of the look and feeling of velvet pillows, and right now I have them in almost every room in the house. Their luxurious, rich vibe is the perfect cozy touch for this time of year.
I love having plants in the house all year round, but especially during the cooler months when my eyes need to see living things!
Lately, I’ve had a thing for orchids–and I now have three of them around the house in various stages of growth. I love how they lend a timeless touch of beauty to any space. I happen to love the foliage, too, so I don’t mind it when they take a break from blooming.
I’ve discovered that our local grocery store often marks them down, even when they’re perfectly healthy. Having live plants definitely keeps me busy with all the watering and cleaning up, but I love the friendly vibe they bring to our home. But if live plants aren’t your thing, you can’t go wrong with faux:
Next, add in some texture, via nubby or tweedy fabrics, fur, wood, or rattan, like these:
My favorite way to amp up the coziness of our home? Baskets! You can never have too many.
A natural fiber rug, woven bowl, wood chain links, and a textural coffee table help add a feeling of coziness to our living room:
Displaying artwork, photos and treasures from favorite trips, either individually or as a collection, is a great way to bring a touch of warmth and personality to your home. Here are a few favorite pieces of artwork:
Ah, books! Is there anything more wonderful? Not only do they entertain and teach us, they’re beautiful to look at! At least I think so! I love displaying books on coffee and side tables, kitchen counters, night stands, or piled high next to the bed. (See my post sharing my favorite coffee table books.)
Books are an easy way to make your home cozy on a budget. They add a warm, personal touch to any space. Here are a few favorite books to display:
9. Coffee Station.
This is a new one for me, but when we added open shelving to our kitchen, I decided to put together a coffee station of sorts. I’ve always wanted to have a spot where guests could easily grab a mug and find coffee, espresso, cocoa, and a milk frother, all ready and waiting. I think it’s a nice way to make people feel welcome.
Creating a cozy atmosphere in the kitchen can be tricky. But I’ve discovered that a warm and welcoming feeling can easily be created with scent. A couple of years ago, I started using essential oils in our home, and I usually keep a diffuser running in the kitchen every day. Here are a few of my favorite diffusers:
And here are some favorite cozy diffuser blends:
3 drops clove + 4 drops orange
3 drops frankincense + 2 drops orange + 2 drops peppermint
4 drops orange + 3 drops cinnamon
4 drops tangerine + 3 drops peppermint
See my post 13 Beautiful Essential Oil Blends for Your Diffuser for more diffuser recipes and ideas.
There are so many ways to create a warm and cozy vibe in your house: soft lighting, rich colors, warm woods–the list goes on and on. But I hope this short list was enough to spark your imagination and give you some ideas for how to make your home cozy and inviting all year round. xo jane
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