Make Your Home Cozier With These 10 Tips

Home should be a sanctuary. A place for rest and relaxation. Even if many of us have been spending much more time at home than usual – turning spare bedrooms into offices and whatnot – it’s still important to be able to unwind in our homes. After all, if you can’t get your cozy fix in your own home, where can you? Below I’ve compiled my top ten tips to make your home cozier. I hope you like them!

1. Pick Warm Tones

make your home cozier by incorporating warm colours
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Colours with red, orange, or yellow tones make a space feel warmer, and as someone who is always cold, warmth = coziness. Now, you don’t need to paint a room bright orange to make it feel warm! In fact, a strong use of a warm, vibrant colour can make a space feel unrelaxing. If you choose a neutral paint colour with a warm tone or a light, warm paint colour, you can create a space that feels both cozy and relaxing. Here’s a great blog post that better explains warm and cool colours if you would like to read more on this.

You might not be up for repainting your space, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use warm tones to make your home cozier!. You can incorporate warm tones in your furniture, trim, rugs, and decor. If you like a bolder look, you can go for that bright orange in a few accent pieces throughout the room.

If you’re after that calm, relaxing feel cool tones can give, you can still make your home cozier with the following ideas:

2. Add Texture

adding soft, natural, and matte textures will make your space cozy
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I’m not sure what the science is behind this, but texture makes a space more interesting can also make your home cozier. Try to incorporate textures that are soft to the touch and that are more matte than glossy. For example, leather couches aren’t as cozy-looking as polyester or microfibre and glossy-finished furniture feels much more formal than a natural finish.

3. Decorate with Pillows and Blankets

make your home cozier with throw pillows and blankets
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This is probably my favourite decor tip ever! Our apartment has way more cushions and blankets than it can handle but I love them all equally and cannot let any of them go. Adam has declared “no more pillows!” but continues to buy me the nicest and most expensive ones we own (he has great taste).

Anyway, adding decorative pillows and blankets to your space makes your home look and feel more cozy. This is also a great way to add texture. Cable-knit, faux fur, and other fluffy styles are extra-good at bringing the cozy factor. Keep in mind that too many perfectly-placed pillows can make a space look stuffy or overly formal, working against your desired cozy vibe.

4. Mood Lighting

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A British interior design expert I was watching on Netflix said that any given room should have at least four sources of light. I definitely do not follow this religiously but I try to layer a couple different light sources to build atmosphere. The room in the picture above definitely gets a lot of beautiful natural light. If you look closely, you’ll see they also have candles, a wall sconce, a reading lamp, and ceiling lighting. Imagine how cozy this place looks at night with all those lit up!

When choosing light bulbs (and even Christmas lights), anything labelled “warm white” is a pretty safe bet. While cool-toned lighting has its place, for me it’s reminiscent of a hospital. If you want to add extra atmosphere and coziness, picking an accent lighting piece with a really warm tone can add some extra personality and interest.

Candles are another great way to make a space cozy. They add a really nice yet natural ambiance. I prefer unscented, beeswax, and even convincing faux candles. Candle sticks are another great option that look great on a decorative shelf or mantle and add an elevated look while still providing a cozy glow.

5. Lower Wall Hangings

A general rule of thumb is to hang your wall art approximately at eye level. If you have lower ceilings (like me), you may want to hang your art on the lower end of eye level so as not to emphasize your low ceilings.

A good time to break this rule is when you’re hanging art over a large piece of furniture like a sofa. This takes attention away from a stark wall and focusses it on the furniture where the coziness is happening. Having a more focussed or contained point of interest seems to add to the cozy vibes. This is also a great place to hang your larger wall décor pieces because they can be low over your furniture and eye level at the same time!

If you haven’t guessed, I don’t really know all the fancy design terms. But if you admire Adam’s Photoshop skills above, the right side has lower-hung art and in my opinion feels cozier.

6. Rugs

add rugs with different textures to make your home cozier
Photo by Sabrina Wishak from Burst

I don’t have too much to say on this one, but just like adding cushions and blankets, rugs make a space both look and feel cozy. Rugs will also ground a space with a designated purpose such as a seating or dining area.

If you want to go the extra mile, you can literally pile on the coziness by layering multiple rugs. You can create a cozy, bohemian feel by overlapping rugs with different textures and patterns to cover a larger space. Another option is to centre a smaller, medium-to-high pile rug over a larger jute or flatwoven rug which will feel more symmetrical and balanced. Either way, this decor technique is super on-trend right now!

7. Add Your Stuff

add meaningful items
Photo by Sarah Pflug from Burst

In an earlier post, I vouch for using decor that is meaningful to you. Along with making your home more unique, this can help create an overall cozy vibe. Maybe these pieces aren’t physically soft and cuddly, but decorating with objects that are special to you can create a sense of “emotional coziness”.

Favourite books and photographs (or personal art) are especially great because they reflect your life and tastes. While these things may not make your guests feel all warm and fuzzy, they add a level of interest that goes beyond the surface. As a bonus, these items can provide a springboard for sharing a story or memory when you have company over!

8. Arrange in Clumps

group things together instead of spacing them evenly apart
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You have likely heard the age-old decor principle of arranging things in odd-number groups. To be honest, I wouldn’t get too hung up on this one. It’s a good tip to keep in the back of your pocket if you’re struggling with a space, but often our brain doesn’t pick up on the exact number of items in a particular area.

Think of a gallery wall with many pictures of various sizes. Whether there’s 13 or 14 pictures isn’t really going to affect the overall look of the arrangement. Likewise, in the above picture, there are six items on the coffee table – the vase with flowers, three books, a teacup, and a pineapple. (Yes, there’s also multiple flowers and the saucer isn’t technically part of the teacup, but just bear with me on this one.)

My point is that it’s not so much the number of items in the arrangement above that makes it cute, but it’s how they are clumped together. Imagine you can see the entire coffee table and that all the items shown were evenly spaced out across it. Not so cute and cozy anymore, is it? By clumping decor items, you can avoid making your home look too sterile.

9. Thrift Décor

thrifted and worn items make a space cozier
Photo by Brodie Vissers from Burst

One of my regrets from when Adam and I first moved into our apartment is buying too much stuff new. Our apartment is 20 minutes away from an IKEA and I had never been before. Needless to say, it was an instant addiction. I think one of the factors currently keeping our apartment from reaching a greater level of coziness is having too many new-looking things.

Sometimes I think about pictures from magazines of immaculate spaces where everything is clearly brand new. I imagine if someone was invited into that space, they wouldn’t feel at home. They would be afraid of breaking something or messing up the decor and you might even feel that way living in a space like that! This might very well be the opposite of coziness.

I’m not sure if it’s the sharp edges or the unfaded colours, but new furniture and decor just seem to have a starkness to them. There’s something about items that are a bit worn that just make a space feel homier and cozier. Thrifting things for your home will not only make your home cozier, but it will save you money and make your space more unique.

10. Add Plants

plants balance out messiness and dinginess that too much cozy can create
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So I’m not sure if plants really exude coziness, but I think they create balance in a cozy space. Let me explain: Sometimes adding coziness to your space can make it look messy, dark, or dingy. Adding a plant or two (and even a convincing fake one) will brighten up your home. Plants literally add life your space which nicely balances out the tired look that having lots of throw blankets and worn furniture can create.

If you’re not yet ready to be responsible for another living thing, adding a vase of cut flowers or greenery will also do the trick.

So there you have it. My top ten tips for how to make your home cozier. I hope these were helpful to you so you can feel a little bit better in your space!

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