4 Ways to Make Your Home Feel Cozy
Winter is well underway. Freezing temperatures, blowing snow, and icy winds are all in full swing. When it’s biting cold outside, we naturally want to retreat to the warmth and protection of our homes. But sometimes our homes aren’t the sanctuaries they should be. Busy schedules and a lack of inspiration can leave our homes feeling bare and uninviting. So how do we make home feel more comfy? By adding element of cozy to your space. We’ve included four ways to banish those cold-weather blues and have you cuddling up in your home this winter.
1. Layered Area Rugs
If you don’t have an area rug, add one! It’s one of the simplest ways to define your space and add a feeling of intimacy. You can even place two complimenting rugs together for additional color and texture. Either way, a plush option adds an extra touch of coziness, which makes your room feel even more warm and inviting!
2. Reading Nook
One of the easiest ways to make your home feel more cozy is to create a reading nook. Add a chair in the corner or find a small, inset area in your home and fill it with comfy blankets, pillows, and maybe even a lamp. This creates a special place in your home that you and the kids are sure to enjoy!
3. Light a Fire
Here’s an obvious one you may have forgotten, just light a fire! Nothing makes a home feel more like home than a blazing fire in the fireplace. It makes everything feel warm – literally – and provides a comforting glow throughout the space. If your fireplace isn’t functioning, or if you don’t have one at all, simply create a grouping of candles to achieve the same effect. Never leave an open flame unattended, and make sure your chimney and smoke detectors are in good working order. After all, safety is important too!
4. Warm Lighting
If you don’t have a fireplace, ambient lighting can still be achieved by using lamps! Strategically placed fixtures throughout a space can provide just the right amount of warmth and glow. Keep in mind, the type of lightbulbs you use can make a huge difference in how your space feels. There are many options on the market today, but for the desired effect, look for key phrases such as “warm glow” or “soft white”. This type of light is very complimentary to skin tones and can actually make you feel more content. If you’re concerned about energy efficiency, CFL’s consume a quarter of the energy of incandescent bulbs and last 10 times longer. Most options provide a cooler light with a blue tone, but warmer varieties are available.