The onset of November means winter is well on its way. The unavoidable dip in temperature means we spend more time indoors… which is great news for those who love decorating, like myself. To me, there’s nothing better than spending a winter evening in a warm, cozy home, surrounded by people that make you happiest. I’ve always felt that homes that have the warmest atmosphere are those that feel the most lived in. Here are my personal tips on how to inject that coziness into your home this winter.
1. Fill it with texture.
It always seems that clean, sleek décor gives a cooler vibe, whereas textured décor feels warm and comfy. Throw a textured blanket on your couch or bed… place a cut glass candle holder atop some crochet fabric. Anything that feels layered and mixed will contribute to a warm, cozy atmosphere.
2. Add lots of rugs.
I’m a huge fan of wooden floors, but I’m an even huger fan of rugs on top of those floors. Of course rugs will help to physically warm your space by offering a cozy spot for your feet to graze, but even just the addition of one rug to a room can make a space feel warmer, just by looking at it.
3. Make use of your windowsill.
Do any of you have a love for windowsills like I do? They always seem so intimate and pleasant to me. Make use of your windowsill by displaying decorations… feathers, candleholders, rocks… any little trinkets or specimen you’ve collected over the years.
4. Display your artwork.
If you’re a creator – as I know many of you are – you probably have an entire closet filled with creations you’ve worked on. Find a home for them. Display them with pride and let them inspire you for a future of more creations. If you don’t own anything you’ve made, make something specifically to display in your home. My wall was feeling bare one day, so I filled the space with this simple wall hanging, which I made from a stick and some string. Simple, yes, and it makes me smile every time I see it. If that’s not a feeling of warmth, I’m not sure what is.
5. Scent your space.
Our sense of smell is such a powerful thing, and pleasant smells can bring about the most positive feelings in the world. Make potpourri, light some incense, or burn candles in every room. A scented home is a cozy home, no doubt about that. I love the idea of placing candles on something portable (like this wooden tray), so that you can easily carry them with you when you move on from one room to the next, as the warmth of their light and goodness of their scent make a trail throughout your home.
6. Be informal.
There’s a homey feeling that goes along with letting your bed stay unmade for the day, or slipping your shoes off in the middle of your bedroom. Leave your closet door ajar, hang necklaces on your wall, drape your curtain over the top of a mirror instead of tucking it neatly away. If you make your space feel lived in, you’ll enjoy living there all the more.
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