After working on many many design projects, I’ve realized that a lot of people want the same things for their home. They want a cozy, warm, safe, and comfortable home where they can be themselves. They want a space that is lived in and doesn’t look like a museum full of cold treasures. They want a clean, uncluttered, functional, and inviting home where they can relax, kick up their feet, and escape the stresses of everyday life, yet be able to entertain their family and friends. The outside world is fast paced, chaotic, frustrating, and difficult enough. After work, people want to come back to a home where they can recharge and be themselves in a space that reflects who they are. Here are 10 ideas on how to create a warm and cozy home sanctuary.
If you enjoy reading and have a collection of books, fill your shelves or bookcases with new and old books as well as personal objects that mean something to you and makes you happy. The books and accessories will give your home character, a sense of quiet charm and thoughtful coziness. Layer your books in different orientations from vertical to horizontal. Consider adding some books to your coffee table as well to make it more homey and lived in. Plus, books are very affordable!
Usually when people think of warm and inviting colors, they think of browns, yellows, taupe and neutrals. However, dark colors can help generate a cozy space by creating a sense of intimacy and closeness. Consider dark colors like black, eggplant, navy, charcoal, or a rich chocolate brown for all 4 walls in a room, an accent wall, or ceiling color.
Drapes add warmth and texture to your home, especially when you layer it in combination with simple shades. It helps soften a room yet can help make the space feel larger and grander if you hang drapes higher as close to the ceiling as much as possible. Drapes come in all kinds of materials from velvet to linen to cotton which adds texture and visual interest to your home.
Velvet, faux fur, fleece, and cable knit are beautiful textural fabrics that instantly adds warmth and depth to your home. Plus, they are so soft to the touch and who doesn’t want to cuddle against soft fabric? Add velvet throw pillows to an accent chair or toss a faux fur throw blanket over your sofa for an instant dose of coziness. Incorporate a shag rug or sheepskin rug on top of a wool rug in your bedroom for warmth and relaxation.
5. Family Photos
Displaying family photos is an easy way to add comfort to your home. Create a gallery wall of family photos (in color or black and white prints) by displaying frames in various sizes and shapes.
6. Upholstered Furniture
Plush or upholstered furniture is a big factor in creating the comfort factor in your home. An upholstered oversized sofa or sectional in your living room adds an immediate sense of casual comfort. An upholstered headboard in your bedroom transforms your room and adds a homey and inviting look and feel to the space. If you have upholstered chairs for example, arrange the furniture in a conversation circle so it forms an intimate setting that is cozy and inviting.
Lights that emit a soft warm glow (typically incandescent bulbs or LED bulbs with a color temperature of 2700K) creates an inviting and homey environment. The key is to layer your lights which helps draw your eye around the room from table lamps to floor lamps, wall sconces, and overhead lights such as a pendant or chandelier. Put your lights on a dimmer switch so you can control the brightness of the lights and set the mood. Lights on dimmers help create a soft ambiance that is relaxing and soothing, especially when snuggled up on the sofa with your family.
Who doesn’t love nature? Little touches from the outdoors create a cozy and organic feel and look inside your home. Add plants, succulents, and foliage to bring a sense of natural comfort and familiarity to your home. Fresh flowers are a great way to bring some vibrancy and natural beauty to a room while also making your home feel extremely welcoming. Plus indoor plants are efficient purifiers and help clean the air!
Wood adds texture and warmth to a space and has an organic element that is reminiscent of nature. It can tone down a modern and stark home and make it feel more cozy and inviting. Wood floors are the most common way to introduce this design feature in your home. Add a handmade wood coffee table or side table by a local artisan as an accent piece or add architectural features such as wood beams or wood plank walls to create a welcoming and inviting look and feel to your home.
10. Warm Metals
Metals are a popular trend right now and there’s a good reason. Copper, bronze, brass, or rose gold can instantly warm up a cold room and make it more cozy and inviting. Add brass, gold, or copper elements to your home with a contemporary metal chandelier, a coffee table with gold legs, a round copper wall mirror, or create a gallery wall with warm metal picture frames s in various shapes and sizes.