Home is truly where the heart is, and nothing is more comforting than walking into your home when it's inviting and comfortable. As the temperature gets chillier and we start to find ourselves hunkered indoors more often, it's the perfect time to make your home as cozy as possible. Here are 6 easy ways to get started:
Find Your Aesthetic
Are you drawn to crisp whites, striking golds and emerald greens during the winter months, or do you lean towards soft pastels, beiges and greys? Is there an accent metallic that you prefer, such as copper, brass, or pewter? Take a few minutes to understand what makes you feel calmed and happy; flip through some magazines or scroll through some boards on Pinterest, and let inspiration strike!
You can never have too many warm and cozy blankets laying around. Take a look at what you have on hand already, and get rid of any overused blankets that may have holes or frayed ends - you can always donate these to your local animal shelter. If you need to purchase some new blankets for the season, remember to stay within your aesthetic and choose hues that will compliment the space in your home. Keep a basket of throw blankets in your living room and/or family room, with at least 1 blanket available for every 2 people living in your household.
Cushions For Comfort
Just like with blankets, having really comfy cushions will help make everyone feel cozy and relaxed. You may want to use the same cushions but just replace the cover for the season, based on your color and aesthetic theme choices. Cushions can be positioned on your couch, on armchairs, stored in an overflow basket, and displayed on larger window seats to keep the look of warmth going throughout your home.
Having fresh flowers and evergreen throughout your home adds a bit of nature and instantly lends to a cozier home. In winter, you can opt for birch twigs, eucalyptus branches, forsythia branches, and beautiful flowers like amaryllis. Fresh flowers and evergreen will add a pop of colour and - in some cases - a fresh aroma to boot.
Extra Lighting & Candles To Set the Mood
Mood lighting such as candles and lamps lend an instant sense of warmth to any home. If you're worried about having lit candles in your home, you can explore using battery-powered tea light candles, small twinkle lights, or wax burners that use a bulb instead of a flame. Get creative, ensuring you have at least 1 or 2 extra light sources on each floor of your home to add coziness throughout.
Nostalgic Photo Collages
Being cozy includes feeling that warm and fuzzy vibe that makes everyone feel happy and safe. Have an area in your home to display a variety of happy memories and photos, which can be updated seasonally. These photos will bring a nostalgic warmth to your home, while also reminding you and others in your home just how wonderful life can be.