When the pandemic first hit, none of us would have imagined that we would spend a majority of our time locked in our house for safety. We might not have realized how important is it to have cozy home elements that we often read or heard about. But now that we do, what can you do to make your house super cozy? After all, we know that this might not be the last time we have to stay indoors, at our homes, for an extended period of time.
While there are plenty of tips out there on how to make your house super cozy, we have compiled several tips that have been proven to be cost-effective and foolproof.
If you thought you had to splurge to make your house extra cozy, well, that’s not entirely true. While having more budget does allow you to have a wider range of choices, you can make your house cozier without making your pocket hurts.
Let’s get to it!
1. Lighting matters
Let’s start from the top – your ceiling. The first step to a cozy home is making sure that your lighting temperature is ‘warm’, and not ‘cold’. Nowadays, you can find smart bulbs that can change colors using a single tap. These bulbs might be rather costly, but they can create a different ambiance for any room.
If possible, also try to open up the curtain for a nice touch of natural lighting during the day (plus, it’s warm when it’s sunny out!)
2. Spice up your wall
The first thing you can do is to buy wall decorations that can make you feel cozy. It can be gallery walls, wood-themed wall decorations, artworks, or even your favorite movie posters. The taste may vary from one person to another – so while wall decoration inspirations may help you choose, in the end, choose what you like. If you have a wide collection of books in your home, your bookshelf can also double as a decoration.
3. Repaint your wall
If you still have an extra budget (and time), you might want to consider repainting your wall. You can choose ‘warmer’ paint colors, like beige, terracotta, dusty pink, or warm gray. If you paint your wall in warm colors, it would make it easier for you to choose natural, wooden wall décor.
4. Upgrade your sofa
Let’s be honest: Most of us spend our days lounging on the couch when we aren’t working or attending online classes. Stuck in the global pandemic has really helped us to see how important having a comfortable sofa is. It’s no longer a space for guests – it might be the most comfortable spot in our home, only second to our beds. Some have turned to velvet sofas – modern, elegant, and comfortable to lie in.
If your budget doesn’t allow for a new sofa, no worries! You can always add some fluffy pillows, a throw blanket (faux-fur blankets are warm and affordable), or cushions. When you need to lie down, you can always grab one of the pillows, and there you go!
5. A fireplace makes a difference
A fireplace isn’t necessarily essential, per se. But it does make a huge difference! We understand that adding a fireplace to your home isn’t always logistically possible, plus they can be quite costly. So, if you still want to make your house cozier without making a huge makeover, you can opt for a faux fireplace.
In case you already have a fireplace, then you can think of updating it’s look. There are many hearth and mantle options for your fireplace. Choose the ones that give you the feeling of warmth and snugness.
6. Consider having rugs
Rugs are pretty high-maintenance – you need to vacuum them daily and launder them every now and then. However, rugs can instantly warm up your floor and make your house cozy.
If you have guests over and you don’t have enough space on your sofa, rugs can allow you and your guests to play games or watch the TV together on the floor. While rugs can be pretty expensive, you don’t have to buy an extremely large one; small ones, if placed strategically, are enough.
7. Get some scented candles
Do you know that certain aromas can help you feel more relaxed or at ease? After a stressful day of work, we all can use some scented candles to help regulate our mood. You can put some on the living room, bathroom, or even your bedroom.
8. Create a cozy corner for extra coziness
If you still feel your home isn’t cozy enough, you can add a cozy corner where you can read, listen to music, or play an instrument. All you need to do is to add a small built-in bench or a chair, then a bookshelf or a side table.
9. The plush bathmat is a must
A plush bathmat might not seem like it would make a huge difference, but after a long, warm, relaxing bath, a plush bathmat can make you feel even more ready for bed. No more hard, cold tiles!
10. Comfortable sheets are a game-changer
Now we have come to the end of the list, and yes, you’ve guessed it! It’s for the most important part of the house – your bedroom! Good quality linen sheets can help you get better sleep, is good for your skin and scalp, and regulate your body temperature – keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer.
Do you still have any secret tips for a cozy home? Share with us below!
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