5 Simple Ways to Make Your Home a Cozier Place

When the temperature drops and snow is constantly in the forecast it makes us not want to leave the comfort and warmth of our homes. It’s important to have a cozy and comfortable place to live in when we know that we’ll all be trapped indoors until April. There are simple steps that you can take to make your home appear cozier and feel warmer. These simple decor tips will help you relax and stay warm when it’s below freezing outside. Whenever I go out shopping for home items I always keep these tips in mind so that I can make my home the coziest and most welcoming place.

UPDATE YOUR BLANKETS AND PILLOW

In the summer we love to have lightweight linen and cotton blankets to keep us comfortable but when it gets colder outside, we need thicker fabrics in our blankets and pillows to keep the warmth in. I personally love to have a bunch of blankets all around my apartment. On my couch, there are a collection of fleece, flannel, and fuzzy blankets. I like to layer up on the blankets to make my living room look and feel cozier. Also, when the weather gets cold around October, I like to switch out the decorative pillows that are in various places in my home. I usually have bright colors and printed pillows all around but during the winter months I like have darker colors like reds, greens, navy, and deep purples. I also like to have flannel fabric or furry pillows to add in texture! Having two or three pillows on your couch or bed will make your space more comfortable and warmer.

ADD COZY RUGS

When the weather is cold the floors in our homes can be chilly and cool to the touch. The easiest solution is to just wear fuzzy socks or slippers. What I like to do in addition to wearing those things is put a bunch of rugs on all the non-carpet areas of my apartment. My kitchen is completely tile, so I put a nice area rug in the center of it so that it’ll be warm while I’m cooking my favorite recipes. Now, rugs can get expensive so if you’re on a budget like me, consider layering smaller rugs around your house. One in the kitchen, one down the hallway, an area rug next to the bed, or under the coffee table. Adding rugs to your home will keep the warmth in and make your home cozier. Below are some of my favorite rugs.

USE SOFT LIGHTING

Lighting can really affect your mood so it’s important to have the right types of light in your home. White light can create a bright and harsh atmosphere, so I like having yellow lights in all the lamps. These types of light bulbs create a warm-toned glow in your home that is easy on your eyes. I also like to have a lot of candles around my apartment to make it smell good and to create a glow on the walls. Something else that I recently discovered is Himalayan salt lamps, which are made of 100% pink Himalayan salt and carved out in the middle for a lightbulb. There are several health benefits that these lamps can bring but I love them because of the light they give off. The one I have in my apartment has a dimmer switch on it so that I can control how bright I want it to be. At the end of a long day I will have the salt lamp on and nothing else, it really brings a lot of warmth into my home.

BRING THE OUTDOORS INSIDE

In the winter all the plants and trees outside are dead. It can be depressing to not see greenery when you go for a walk. The easy solution is to bring in some flowers and plants into your home. There are several different plants that can survive indoors and with little water. If you’re like me and kill every plant that you touch, I recommend getting a succulent plant or a cactus. I also like buying flowers at the farmers market every couple of weeks so that I can have some natural color in my apartment. I have also been wanting to buy a palm tree plant to put in the corner by our window so that it can bring some greenery into my house and help to cleanse the air.

DECORATE WITH PERSONAL MEMENTOS

In order for your living space to feel more like a home and to be a comfortable place to come back to every day, you need to add in personal items. This is something that is really simple and easy to do. Pick out your favorite images from your phone and have them printed and framed. If you live in an apartment like me and can’t put nails into the wall, Command 3M strips are a great alternative. I have many photo frames hung on the walls, placed on shelves, and on tables around my apartment. Another thing you can do to make your home feel cozier is to add in personal mementos that remind you of your friends, families, and experiences. Every time I go on a trip, I like to bring back little trinkets that will remind me of that vacation. Having these decorations placed around your home will make the area more your own and you will be comfortable being surrounded by personal memories.

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43 Comments

  1. February 18, 2019 / 12:28 pm

    I love the cozy and hygge lifestyle. I’m trying to incorporate it more into my life! I love the look of that The Year Of Cozy book, might have to check it out 🙂

    Shannon x
    http://www.shanylou.co.uk

    • CozyStylist
      Author
      February 21, 2019 / 7:47 pm

      I love that type of lifestyle too! I try to live by it except for getting rid of technology because I need it to survive lol. The Year of Cozy book is from Target, but you could probably also buy in on Amazon!

  2. February 18, 2019 / 4:20 pm

    I’ve covered my room in plants. I love the vibe it adds x

    • CozyStylist
      Author
      February 21, 2019 / 7:47 pm

      If I didn’t kill every plant that I touched, I would do the same!

  3. February 18, 2019 / 6:40 pm

    Having a cozy fluffy place during winter is so important to me. I just love to snuggle under all those layers and watch a movie. I am moving on Saturday so I will have to figure all this coziness out again it is nice to read such a wonderful post.

    • CozyStylist
      Author
      February 21, 2019 / 7:49 pm

      I have to live in a cozy place too! It’s important to me to have everything be fluffy, soft, and warm haha. Good luck moving!

  4. February 19, 2019 / 3:39 am

    Great tips! Love them all. Wish I could use rugs in my apartment, but my cat will definitely destroy that thing.

    • CozyStylist
      Author
      February 21, 2019 / 7:50 pm

      I have cats too and they love the carpets and rugs that I have in my apartment. Maybe just try to keep playtime off of the rugs so that they don’t scratch them to pieces haha!

  5. February 20, 2019 / 6:57 am

    I’ve had the same cushions and blankets for years now, buying new ones defo will make my room more cosy!

    • CozyStylist
      Author
      February 21, 2019 / 7:53 pm

      I buy new blankets and pillows almost every time I go out shopping haha. I LOVE them!

  6. February 21, 2019 / 4:44 pm

    Great tips. I haven’t changed a lot in my house in the 12 years I have lived here, so I think this year I am going to work on changing some things to make it more welcoming and cozier. I will use these tips when I get around to that.

    • CozyStylist
      Author
      February 21, 2019 / 7:54 pm

      Yay so glad that my post could help you!

  7. February 24, 2019 / 3:28 pm

    I love all of these tips! Espechially the pillows and blankets! They just make a room feel more welcoming to me. There is nothing cozier then curling up on the couch with a nice fuzzy blanket and a pillow!

  8. February 24, 2019 / 3:56 pm

    Adding a rug really does make a huge difference. Me and my boyfriend brought a rug for our flat and it made a huge difference. Makes it more homely 🙂 Lovely post xx

  9. February 24, 2019 / 4:29 pm

    These are great tips! Especially for transitioning into the warmer weather.

  10. February 25, 2019 / 4:03 pm

    Cozy rugs are my absolute favourite, I’ve got 2, both fluffy ones : so perfect ♥️

  11. February 26, 2019 / 2:35 am

    The cold weather isn’t letting up anytime soon, so I needed this post in my life! I’m glad I have an orange-tinted lamp in my room to make the light seem warmer. I also got a blanket to use while watching Netflix! Thanks for the post!

  12. February 26, 2019 / 7:08 am

    I’m obsessed with updating pillows and blankets- a good soft blanket is so cozy!!!

  13. February 26, 2019 / 12:08 pm

    I love having a houseplant in my room! Although I even managed to kill my poor cactus once, so maybe I’ll stick to the fake ones! X

  14. February 26, 2019 / 12:40 pm

    Nice post. But do have any tips on how cool a room in the summer without using Air-Conditioning?

  15. February 26, 2019 / 5:43 pm

    Man, me and my mom would LOVE to decorate our house with rugs but our cats are determined to destroy everything X( We do have several cute pillows and use soft lighting, though, plus I just got some cacti and am about to put up a collage made of personal photos up on my wall, so this place will keep looking cozier even in the absence of rugs :3

    Xoxo,
    Laura // afinnontheloose.com

  16. February 26, 2019 / 6:42 pm

    These are some really great tips. Thank you for sharing them. 🙂

  17. February 26, 2019 / 6:45 pm

    Ooooooo! I just bought a house and I cannot wait to cozy it up! This post is perfect!

  18. February 26, 2019 / 7:48 pm

    Aww this is such a cute and cozy post! Love 💕 lol I swear my mom takes the bring the outdoors inside too seriously cause I’ve seen too many plants and such in our house. And I def believe in adding a rug to make things feel cozy, I added one to my room ☺️☺️ Great tips hun!

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

  19. February 26, 2019 / 11:13 pm

    These are some great tips! Rugs really do make such a difference in a room, even if you have carpet on the floor a rug can still add so much to a room.

  20. February 27, 2019 / 1:31 am

    I hate the cold weather too

  21. February 27, 2019 / 3:42 pm

    There’s nothing I love more than switching up the decor of my apartment! It doesn’t have to cost a lot either! I keep my place cozy all year round 🙂
    Great post xx

    Jordan| https://heylittlej.com

  22. February 28, 2019 / 4:21 pm

    I’m a huge rug fan! I love the idea of layering rugs as a cheaper alternative – what a great idea! I also have a rug in the kitchen as I have a tiled floor. My husband thinks it’s strange so I’m glad someone else uses a rug in the kitchen! xxxx

    Ashley
    https://lellalee.com

  23. February 28, 2019 / 5:53 pm

    Love this! I think candles are a great way of adding coziness in the winter!

  24. February 28, 2019 / 9:18 pm

    I love any excuse to buy new blankets so I love this!

  25. March 1, 2019 / 5:26 am

    You gave me some great ideas to get through the winter. Thanks!

  26. Erica Raquel
    March 5, 2019 / 5:45 pm

    These are really really good tips!!! I love feeling a rug on the bottom of my feet versus an ice rink when I wake in the morning lol.

    The thought of bringing plants in especially since most plants during the winter are non-existent is brilliant to give a bit more life during what is usually a very dull time of the year.

    Loved it!
    Erica Raquel| https://www.grandfashlife.com

  27. March 5, 2019 / 6:00 pm

    Great tips! I’m a big fan of plants and soft furnishings, I’m in between places atm and not moving until September so I’m ITCHING to get in and get decorating!!
    http://www.rafflesbizarreblog.com

  28. March 5, 2019 / 11:10 pm

    I love keeping herbs in the house over winter. Adds some greenery and easy to snip some off whenever I need some for a dish. Thanks!

  29. March 7, 2019 / 2:03 pm

    I’m all about being cozy when it’s cold out, which unfortunately it still is. I’m a little bit obsessed with fuzzy blankets, it might be a problem. Haha.

  30. March 7, 2019 / 5:35 pm

    Short, simple and sweet. Love this post! I love having soft lighting in the house. It makes it so much more ambient and homey. And yes, candles are a must-have! Everywhere! 😉

  31. March 8, 2019 / 8:32 pm

    Great list of ways to updating your home! I never thought about adding cozy rugs! I love the idea and will be doing some shopping this weekend.

    Also adding mementos is a great tip! Will be giving this a try!

    Thank you,
    http://www.beautyblissandchaos.com

  32. March 10, 2019 / 8:34 pm

    I love having tons of blankets around to grab whenever I need them! And the lighting idea was so great, I never thought of that and am definitely going to change some of my bulbs.

  33. March 12, 2019 / 5:43 pm

    Such cute ideas. I definitely could use some throw rugs to liven up my home.

  34. March 24, 2019 / 10:04 pm

    I love these tips! It’s amazing how these things can make a HUGE difference in the comfort of a space.

  35. March 25, 2019 / 8:42 am

    Rugs and greenery are definitely my ‘go-to’ for making things look more homely 🙂

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