Tips for making your home warm and cozy through the cold season.
With the holidays past, it’s time to snuggle in for the remainder of winter.
Here are 10 ways to make your whole home warm and cozy.
Add area rugs and throws. Soft goods instantly help to warm up an interior space. If you can’t afford a new large rug, try layering a faux-fur or colorful throw rug on top of an older piece.
Incorporate tactile materials. Materials such as velvet and faux fur add a sense of coziness and are a dream to curl up with. Look for throw pillows and blankets for maximum hygge.
Mix it up. Mixing different materials, especially in social areas such as living and family rooms, can add interest as well as warmth. Pair brass with wood for a ski lodge effect.
Add light. Adding or changing a chandelier or sconce can add a warm glow to a space. Go for a soft, diffused light rather than a spotlight or bright desk lamp.
Introduce fragrance. Avoid common themes such as pumpkin and spice. Instead, infuse elegant yet unexpected scents such as juniper, fig, blood orange or sage.
Use your fireplace. Nothing says cozy quite like a warm fire. But if the prep and cleaning make you hesitate to start one up, try using fire logs, which light more easily and burn more cleanly than wood.
Incorporate some of the fruits of winter. From pomegranate to pumpkin to fig, these elements can be incorporated into the home, either through your meals or on display in a centerpiece.
Dim the lights. Now is the perfect time to light some of your entertaining spaces using dim lights and candles. If you’re worried about open flames, try flickering LED votives.
Add greenery. Plants are a great way to help a space feel less cold. Add some fresh evergreens to allude to the seasons.
Add color. Warm colors such as deep shades of red, orange and yellow warm up a space. If you don’t want to paint, add the hues via throws and pillows, a new rug or in curtains for a large swath of color.