Most people prefer a warm and inviting home that feels comfy and cozy. But some don't know how to create this type of ambiance. Everyone knows that adding a few candles to any room in your home will up the cozy feeling instantly, but that's not the only thing you can do to make your home feel more warm and inviting. Keep reading to learn 5 additional ways:
1. Use warm tones.
The easiest way to make your home feel more warm and cozy is to bring in more warm-colored items. You can go big and paint the walls of your living room a cozy cocoa color. Or you can go small and put a few gold and tan pillows on your sofa and/or chair. Putting an inexpensive warm-colored slipcover on your couch will make you, your family, and your guests feel comfy without having to buy new furniture.
2. Take advantage of scents.
Nothing makes a person feel more cozy than a hot cup of cocoa or cider on a blistery cold day. When you can't have a warm cut between your hands, then you can get the same experience with fragrant brews of spices. An inexpensive way to keep your home smelling as warm as it feels is to throw in a few orange peels, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and cardamon into a saucepan filled with water. Then let the spiced water simmer in the pan for as long as you want. Just remember to practice safety and only do this when someone is home. You can also use an essential oil diffuser if you prefer not to have hot water on the stove for an extended period of time.
3. Layer fabrics.
You add layers to keep warm when you go outside during the winter, so why not do the same inside your home? Layered fabrics and textures provide the illusion of warmth. A few ways to incorporate layers in your home include:
Liven up a tablecloth by topping it with a patterned runner.
Put a window valance over your curtains or drapes to reduce drafts and make your home feel more cozy. For even more layers, put sheer curtains underneath.
Pile fluffy towels in coordinating warm tones on a shelf in the bathroom for all to see.
Hang a smaller towel in a cozy hue on top of the existing towels in your bathroom or kitchen.
Place two soft and warm blankets over the arm of your sofa, making sure both blankets have different colors, patterns, textures, but match nicely.
Put a faux fur throw over the corner of your bed for extra warmth and coziness in a bedroom.
4. Add an electric fireplace.
Nothing says warm and cozy like a fire! Luckily, people without a built-in fireplace in their home can still enjoy the snugly warmth of a fire with an electric fireplace. Don't worry about chopping and hauling in wood all winter long. Instead, simply plug in your electric fireplace, sit back, and enjoy. Not only will this little fireplace make your home feel more cozy, but it could reduce your heating costs.
5. Cover your hardwood floors.
Your feet will remind you every morning just how cold a hardwood floor can be in the winter. In addition to providing visual warmth to all who enter the room, a sunburst-toned area rug will also warm up your bare floor. Again, the extra insulation from an area rug can also hold in heat and reduce your energy costs.
If you want to make your home feel more warm and cozy, then these 5 strategies will help. You don't have to fill your home with candles and risk it burning down in the process of making your home more cushy and inviting. Instead, stick to a few simple solutions like adding warm-colored throw pillows and blankets to your living room, filling the air with the scent of yummy spices, and using an electric fireplace. You and your family won't mind having to spend extra time indoors during the winter when the house feels homey and cozy.