Apart from draping a throw over your sofa, there are other things to do to create a cozy home including lighting and colour schemes that will brighten your home. Your home should not only look cozy. It should also feel cozy. As such, maintenance is also very important when it comes to creating a cozy home. Here are 6 tips to help you create a cozy home:
Light Up Your Home
Most of us wake up when it is dark and leave for work when it is dark. That is why it is good to improve the lighting in your home. It is important to have a good mix of the 3 lighting types: ambient, accent, and task. The ambient light is the central ceiling light while the accent and task lighting are those that focus light either to highlight an area or object for visual appeal or to help you do tasks.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: under-cabinet lighting and table lamps are great multi-taskers that help balance the light levels in a home. Picture a cozy home for a minute. I guess you imagined a room with a fireplace. Do you have one? If so, light it now and flick the switch on your imitation hearth. If you don’t want to install it from scratch, consider flickering candles as they will provide a warm glow to your room and make your house feel and look cozy.
Assess the Natural Light in Your Home
If you realize that your home looked gloomy throughout summer, think of what you can do to your windows and doors to increase the natural lighting in your home. French sliding doors can be a good option as they make a home feel airier while a skylight can bring more natural light into your bedroom.
Cover Up Flooring
If your home has wooden ceiling beams, then your hardwood floor will not seem stark and cold. The flooring and beams play off each other and make a room look beautiful. A modern, minimalist home can look bleak in comparison. Therefore, it is good to liven up the wood with size appropriate rugs as they seem warmer to look at and feel warmer underfoot.
Play with Furnishings
Winter is the easiest time of the year to create a cozy home. You can add a personal charm to your home with textured cushions, log baskets, and faux-knitted candles and throws. They are very effective and can be swapped easily when we emerge from the depths of darkness. Invest in good pieces of furniture that you can dress easily according to current trends. Read these Raymour and Flanigan furniture reviews.
Ensure That Your Home Is Properly Insulated
Blinds look beautiful during summer but are not useful during winter. As such, consider layering up with curtains or swapping your existing curtains for a heavier style with a thermal lining. Also, make your home draught-proof by fixing a leaking roof or window and purchase a few draught-excluders to keep cold air from coming through underneath your doors.
Use Warm Colors
A cool blue is ideal for a fresh summer palette than a cozy winter scheme. Choose those shades that you won’t get tired of in your home. It is a good idea to consider accessories in your home like lampshades, bags, and bedside when looking for the right colours for your home as they can serve as sources of inspiration.
Your golds, burnt coppers, and reds will bring that picture book style to life. However, if you do not want to deviate from a neutral colour scheme, then consider introducing wooden tones through furnishing and furniture.