As the days get shorter and cooler in most parts of the world, people seek warmth and coziness from their homes. Here are a few tips on how to transform your living space into a cozy haven for relaxing and enjoying the season.
Color can have a dramatic effect on any living area. If you don’t want to invest in the time and effort to paint walls every season, simply add color through fabrics and accessories. Slipcovering furniture is a quick fix for changing an entire look.
Playing with pattern not only enlivens a space but it creates a welcoming, cohesive look that exudes warmth and charm. Plaids mix well with most patterns as long as the scale is varied and colors are shared. Large paisley prints, animal prints and florals add personality to rooms. Even just a small touch on accent furniture creates flair.
Layer area rugs over carpeting or place over hardwood floors. Rugs add softness and warmth as well as anchor a room. Use area rugs to create intimate seating arrangements in a large open room. Arranging furniture this way fills and balances a large space.
Pile on throws and pillows for comfort and warmth. Cozying up to a warm, soft blanket and propping your feet up on cushy pillows is the epitome of relaxation on a cold winter’s night.
Dress windows with room-darkening shades and panels in rich fabrics. Not only does this conserve energy costs but creates a cozy cocoon for enjoying evenings at home.
Lighting sets the mood and, with the right mix, can create an ambiance that is pleasing and highlights your room to its best advantage. Accent overhead lighting with lamps around the room. Install lighting in niches and bookshelves. Finally, light candles for a warm glow.
Even large rooms can be cozy if the furniture is arranged to its best advantage. Arrange seating to encourage conversation or to provide comfort for the activities in that room.
Display items that you love to enhance your cozy space. A collection of photographs, a piece of art or vintage items personalize a room and this will only increase the room’s coziness factor.
Create a warm and inviting space that encourages cuddling up on the sofa. Surround yourself with the comforts of your home and enjoy your cozy space.