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10 Easy Ways to Cozy Up Your Home

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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

1. Color.

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.

Blue and white in the living room - jane at home #home #decor #style #ideas #design #coastal


2. Rugs.

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):

Two armchairs in the living room with tripod lamp, velvet pillows, blue vintage rug, white walls with molding and framed botanical prints #livingroomdecor


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:

How to make your home cozy for winter


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.

One of the best ways to create a cozy atmosphere in our home 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. They're one of my favorite ways to make our living room feel cozy for winter #livingroomdecor


4. Pillows.

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):


Cozy decorating ideas for the living room - jane at home #livingroomdesign #coastalstyle #coastaldecor #livingroomideas


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.

5. Plants.

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:


How to make your home cozy for winter


6. Texture.

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.

I love using baskets to make our home feel more cozy #livingroomdecor #shelfdecor #organization


A natural fiber rug, woven bowl, wood chain links, and a textural coffee table help add a feeling of coziness to our living room:

How to make your home feel more cozy - neutral living room decor with natural rug, coastal coffee table and slipcovered sectional - jane at home #livingroom #design #style #cozy #cosy - jane at home #decor #design #ideas #style


7. Artwork.

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:


Coastal home decor in the living room - jane at home


8. Books.

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:


How to make your home cozy for winter - cookbooks in the kitchen

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.

Modern coastal kitchen decor


10. Scent.

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:

  How to make your kitchen feel more cozy by diffusing essential oils - jane at home #homedecor #kitchen #style #design #decor


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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  • Reply
    Lynn Reiner
    April 16, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Jane: have a question regarding the living room rug. Love, love the indigo color, yet when I click on the picture, I am jumped to a Target page and while the description says “Indigo Blue”, the picture looks like navy blue or almost black. Is the rug really the beautiful indigo as your pictures show?

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      April 17, 2020 at 7:30 am

      Hi Lynn! Thank you so much for asking about my living room rug. In real life it’s more of an indigo blue than it appears in the photos on Target’s website. Even in the store, when the rug is rolled up, it doesn’t show how pretty it is when it’s unrolled and placed under furniture. The nice thing about Target is that it’s easy to return things if they don’t work out in your space. Right now, they’re temporarily not accepting returns in store, but have extended their return window and are offering free UPS returns. I hope this helps — please let me know if you have any more questions! Xx Jane

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    Michele Holleran
    February 21, 2020 at 11:24 am

    Jane… I adore your ideas! I live in Westminster and my decorating tastes run parallel to yours. But I always find new ideas from what you share. Thank you! And here’s to an early spring in Colorado. Fingers crossed!

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      February 22, 2020 at 3:21 pm

      Thank you so much Michele, that means a lot to me! It’s so wonderful to connect with you — and yes to an early spring!! xo Jane

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    Suhana Morgan
    January 14, 2020 at 4:53 am

    Great cozy winter ideas! These few months of Winter after the Christmas season are when I’m craving all things cozy the most! Your home looks lovely with all of its cozy appeals!!

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    January 11, 2020 at 6:23 am

    Jane, I love your blue and white décor, and those rugs are perfect! However, I have two cats and a long haired pup, and find that the rugs just attract and hold hair and dust too much. After vacuuming at least once a day for way too long, I gave up and reverted to my wood and engineered vinyl plank floors. Is there something I could treat the rugs with, that would repel hair? Like ScotchGuard or ?
    Thanks for your help, and inspiration.

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      January 11, 2020 at 10:14 am

      Hi Sue, thank you so much for your lovely comment. Having had a menagerie of dogs and cats over the years, I completely understand your rug issue! I do think the type of rug makes a difference. It seems like low pile rugs seem to hold less hair–and I always look for tufted rugs, rather than loop, so our pets’ nails won’t catch and snag. I would definitely avoid rugs made with viscose, as they seem to attract hair and dirt. Also, patterned rugs–especially if they’re the same color as your pets’ fur–help make hair less noticeable! I hope this helps! Have a great weekend xo Jane

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    January 10, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    Beautiful Jane! Now can you come to Northern Ireland and work your magic on my home! Determined to add blue this year!!!! Lynn x

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      January 11, 2020 at 9:58 am

      Thank you so much, my friend! Oh, how I wish I had a trip to Ireland in my future! If you’re like me, once you start adding blue, you won’t be able to stop! Have a great weekend xo Jane

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    January 10, 2020 at 11:45 am

    Love the blue and white theme! Any suggestions on rugs for a more pale gray/white room?

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      January 11, 2020 at 9:55 am

      Hi! Thanks so much–I love pale gray and white together! For a more neutral look, I love a pale gray or gray/green oriental style rug, or even a natural jute or sisal rug. If you look under the Shop + Favorite Sources Tab above, you’ll find a section called Rugs, which has several rug ideas in all colors, styles and price ranges. Hope this helps! xo Jane

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    January 19, 2019 at 1:50 am

    Hi Jane. I love open shelving. I’m new home is currently under construction. So am considering open shelving for my new kitchen. such a great ideas you have here.

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      January 19, 2019 at 12:38 pm

      Thank you so much, Becca! Have a wonderful day xo jane

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    January 18, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Your blue and white theme continues to mesmerize me! And you’ve made it as cozy in the winter as it was fresh in the summer!

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      January 18, 2019 at 8:08 pm

      Thank you so much, Jeanne!! Your kind words mean the world to me! Have a wonderful weekend! xo jane

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    January 18, 2019 at 5:20 am

    Hi there,
    I love this — thanks for sharing! I’m looking to add open shelving just like you have in your kitchen. Can you let me know where the shelves are from? I’m having a difficult time finding ones that aren’t too rustic, and yours are perfect!


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      January 18, 2019 at 9:59 am

      Hi Kristen, thank you so much! I also wanted non-rustic shelves, so after lots of searching I ended up buying the Omega brand of shelves through Woodworker Express. I bought the unfinished alder and we added a crystal clear satin poly coat (Minwax). The poly coat did darken them a bit, but I’m happy with the darker color. I hope this helps! I’m working on a blog post sharing all of the details and sources for our kitchen, and I hope to have it published soon. Have a wonderful day! xo jane

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