Coziness is a must for any household as soon as winter hits. Besides cranking up the heat and sipping hot tea while wearing your warmest sweater, there are other ways to make your home more cozy when the cold weather arrives. If you’re unsure where to start, here are some tips to create a perfectly snug home.
A nook fit for a book
If you are lucky to have large bay windows or even a small space that can fit a bench, create a reading nook. Nothing says cozy more than a space reserved for cuddling up with a good book (or e-reader). You can also convert extra space under a staircase into a nook or transform a large closet. You can even keep an area in your den or bedroom reserved for reading purposes. If you choose the bedroom or den option, simply pick a corner and invest in some large throw pillows, blankets and accessories, so you can read in comfort.
Leave it on the ground
Area rugs are great for warming up a bare floor and adding visual warmth to any room. Rugs in sunburst tones (where the rug gets lighter towards the centre) can look muted and soft from one angle and deeper and brighter from another. So, when the sun is shining through your windows your area rug will look warm and inviting and when night falls it’ll look deep and comfy.
Take it easy on the holidays
Don’t go too crazy with the holiday decorations until a week or two before they start. You may think that dressing your home up in reds and greens in November is a great idea but you’ll be sick of this colour scheme by the time December rolls around. Instead, use holiday decorations sparingly and remove them after each season or holiday is done.
Illuminate your senses
A great way to make your home cozier in the winter is through scented candles. Pick scents that evoke warmth, like cinnamon and wood-based fragrances such as pine. You can also place candles throughout your home in amber-toned glass holders to create a soothing effect. In fact, flickering flames add natural warmth anyway, so you’re getting two cozy features in one.
If you choose to use candles to warm up your home remember to blow them out before you leave the house or go to bed.