All we want in wintertime is warmth. This manifests itself, of course, in a thermostat slightly spiked. We wear heavier clothes to stay toasty outdoors. And we might even run outside early in the morning and start our cars minutes before actually driving off so we don’t have to hop into a frigid vehicle.
But warmth is more than just a physical state — the inside of your home can look and feel warm, too, without any note of the temperature. A cozy home exudes the welcoming, sit-down-awhile vibes we want in winter, when all we want to do is snuggle up on the couch until spring arrives.
Fortunately, it’s easy to give your home a few updates to make it feel like the cozy space you desire, this season and beyond. The following are four ways to do it:
1. Make Sure the Furniture is Just Right
Like we said, winter beckons all of us to curl up on the sofa until warm weather rolls in. The first step in making your home cozy is ensuring that your existing furniture allows for this type of snuggle-age. Investing in a new sofa or loveseat can be pricy, of course, but it’s a vital part of your warm home. Couches with plush, deep cushions should do the trick, and they don’t have to be as cumbersome as they sound: there are so many stylish oversized sofas on the market nowadays.
2. Add Fabric Layers
Once you have the perfect couch, it’s time to make it look even cozier — layering fabric elements on top of your furniture is a simple way to do it. Your best bet is to pile two different blankets on your sofa, one heavier and one a bit lighter. That way, you can decide how much warmth you need and easily pluck the appropriate blanket.
Your bed — and every bed in your home, for that matter — should receive the same treatment. High quality, fluffy, warm blankets will help you snuggle up and catch high-quality Z’s on even the coldest nights.
With blankets in place, you can plush things up even more with a set of throw pillows. Chances are, you already have a few of these laying around, but adding even more in winter makes the whole space feel even softer and cozier. Plus, with so many pillows up for grabs, you can stack a few and cozy up on the floor for winter movie marathons, if space runs out on the sofa.
Finally, fabric elements don’t have to start and end with bed- and sofa-based accents. Laying down rugs will keep your feet warmer and feel soft between your toes. You can also hang curtains that not only add a bit of richness, but help keep warmth inside of the house by blocking heat from escaping mid-winter, too.
3. Light a Fire (or a Candle)
A crackling fire is perhaps the pinnacle of coziness. You can curl up with a book, turn on a movie or wrap your hands around a mug of hot cocoa and enjoy the warmth and glow coming from your fireplace. You’ll get bonus points for coziness if your fireplace is surrounded by stone or natural wood. No matter what, be sure to use your fireplace this winter — sit back, relax and enjoy the warmth.
Despite the fact that a fireplace is one of the top ways to make a bedroom feel rustic and cozy, not everyone has one, and not everyone can afford to install one. The good news is that candles can create much of the same ambience, albeit on a smaller scale. As you curl up on a chilly night, light a candle or two nearby and let the flickering glow — and warm scent — make you feel even cozier.
4. Put Memories on Display
You know that warm-and-fuzzy feeling you have when you remember your wedding day, your first trip to Europe, your grandparents’ 50th anniversary party, and your child’s first birthday party? You can experience the same warm glow of reminiscing every day with personalized accessories throughout your home.
The easiest way to do this would be, of course, to decorate your home with your own photos. Creating your own gallery wall is a clean, eye-catching way to make a focal point out of your memories. And, as you create new memories down the line, you can easily swap out images for new prints.
You can also put on display items that have a special place in your heart. For example, your grandmother may have had a porcelain statuette in her home that she passed down to you, knowing how much you loved it as a child. Giving that heirloom a showcase location in your home will give you that warm feeling you got every time you went to her house and saw your favorite piece of décor standing there.
Now, Cozy Up
Surrounding yourself with comfortable furniture, soft fabrics, warm firelight and special accessories, you’ll create the cozy atmosphere you crave. And, for this winter and beyond, there’s nothing better than coming home to a place that’s warm in more ways than one.