Wondering how to make your home feel cozy?
Let me show you how with this comprehensive guide to creating a warm and inviting living space.
If you’ve ever asked yourself, ‘How can I make my house feel cozier?’ then this guide is just up your alley.
You’ll find cozy home decor ideas to inspire you no matter your budget, taste, or home decor style. Whether you have a farmhouse, industrial home, Scandinavian, modern/contemporary, boho, minimalist, or rustic decor style, there should be something you can take away from this list of cozy home decorating ideas.
Now that we’re spending a bit more time than ever at home, these days, we’ve come to realize how important it is to have a living space that feels comfortable, focused, and welcoming.
If you’ve known me for a hot minute, you’d know I’m a sucker for all things warm and cozy.
From the clothes I wear to the places I like to visit; so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’d prefer for my home to emit cozy vibes, too!
Your “home” is not just where you live: whether it’s a house, apartment, or condo. Your home is your sanctuary.
The place where you come to unwind after a long day out, where you make memories, and strengthen bonds with your family.
It’s where you feel loved, secure, protected, and at peace when the world around you seems so chaotic—it’s your safe haven. And should look and feel that way. Always.
That’s why many go the extra mile to make it as comfortable and cozy as possible.
They spend hours scrolling through Pinterest trying to find the most achievable “dream home” design that they can implement.
They scroll, and scroll, and scroll through their feed looking for the secret formula that will transform their space and make it Pinterest-worthy.
Then they get overwhelmed because there is either too much “inspiration” to settle on one, or the ones that they do find seem unattainable for their space and pocketbook.
But what’s the secret to creating a cozy home that will feel welcoming yet visually appealing to you and anyone else who visits your house?
There is no secret.
While there are no rules set in stone, there are a few extra things you can do to set the tone or create a particular look. From the color you paint your walls in, to how you accessorize your space, these little things can make a BIG difference.
It doesn’t matter if you’re just looking to cozy-up for the winter season, or if that’s how you want your space to feel year-round; doing as suggested in one or more (or all) of these tips will set you well on your way to fostering a hygge lifestyle.
Here Are A Few Simple Cozy Home Decor Ideas To Inspire You + Bring Some Warmth Inside Your Home
As a bonus, none of them will cause your pockets to bleed, nor require you to call in an interior decorator (I hope!).
#1: ADD ACCENTS
Accents offer an easy, inexpensive way to add textural and visual depth to any space.
You probably already have a bunch of accent pieces laying all around your home (or hidden in the basement, attic, or garage); a selection of special objects you’ve collected over time, mementos from trips, special gifts you were given (but probably didn’t think much of at the time), that odd buy from your last visit to Target, TJ Maxx, or HomeGoods, and other family heirlooms.
Use those to add to your decor.
As long as they fit your theme and don’t contradict the vibe you’re going for, you should be good to go.
If you’re in favor of an eclectic style, they just may work! If not, there are always better options a store away (wink).
Accents allow you to play with color, texture, and designs to add definition to your space.
Including a few carefully selected accent pieces in your design will certainly add emphasis to a particular focal point that will give it a bit of attention-grabbing flair while complementing your room’s decor.
Anything, if used well, can be an accent. Just make sure it appeals to you and complements the style you’re going for.
These are just some examples of popular decorative accents you can incorporate in your design:
1. Pillows & Throws
2. Decorative storage (bins and baskets, floating shelves, etc)
3. Screens & Room dividers
4. Picture frames
5. Vases / Decorative jars/ Urns/ Ceramic bowls
6. Stools / Benches
8. Stained glass panels & trims
9. Accent furniture (Like a bench for the foot of your bed, ottomans, armchairs, credenzas, table, statement headboards, etc)
11. Light fixtures — chandeliers/lamps
12. Accent walls
#2: LAYER ON THE AREA RUGS
As the season changes, your flooring; especially tiles, hardwood, and laminate can get very chilly underneath your bare feet.
The entire point of having a cozy living space is to stay warm and comfortable. Anything else defeats the purpose.
So, an easy way to achieve that desired warmth and comfort (even for your feet) is with rugs.
Carpets add a layer of softness which makes an area feel more inviting underfoot.
Area rugs are amazing at adding texture and coziness to your home decor, so it makes sense to invest in one for your home.
Some people go all out with rugs (Persian, leather, sheepskin, fur (real or faux) silk), or full carpeting, which is good if you can afford that. But…
Let’s be honest, we can’t all afford to splurge on the most gigantic area rugs (even though we wished!)
So if you’re working with a low budget, consider layering smaller rugs either atop each other (to make a huge temporary DIY rug) or at certain spots where you’ll feel the impact the most: like at the foot of your bed, under your couch or coffee table, at your stove, along your entryway, or even under the stools by your kitchen counter (yes, it does work).
Don’t forget your bathroom!
If you have tiled floors in your bathroom, it just makes sense to add a rug or a few in there.
Tiles are the living definition of slippery when wet.
Placing a soft, plush rug at the base of your sink, bathtub, or at the entrance to your shower will be both aesthetically pleasing as well as it may help prevent you from slipping on wet tiles (Ouch!)
Rugs are versatile; they come in various shapes, textures, colors, sizes, and feel. That means there’s an option available for every style, taste, and budget.
All it takes is a few minutes of in-depth search and you should find a rug that you’ll love, and that goes perfectly with your design aesthetic.
#3: EXPOSE THOSE WALLS
Exposed walls (whether brick—real or faux bricks; wood panels—shiplap, board and batten, plank wall, flat panels, or bed boards; or bare cement) are all the rage in modern home designs.
They are a beautiful yet simple way to add character and texture to any room.
Do you have an exposed brick wall that just seems to stick out like a sore thumb and clash with the vibe you’re going for?
Or a fireplace made of bricks that you have the hardest time dressing up?
Instead of knocking out those bricks, or covering them up with wallpaper, why not leave the walls exposed and add some paint (especially if you can’t afford to whitewash them or transform them with German schmear) in very warm hues to add a dramatic difference to your space?
If you’re iffy about having all your walls be this way, try just one wall and let that be your accent wall!
Exposed walls, a well-worn rug, paired with some comfy seating, and a lit fireplace will instantly create a rustic charm.
Interested in learning more about paneling? You can get an overview of the best type of paneling to fit your style here.
#4: SWITCH OUT YOUR BRIGHT LEDs FOR SOFTER LIGHTING
As the days get shorter as winter approaches, our sleep patterns tend to change for the most part. A lot of us, including me, are more tempted to turn in for the night at much earlier times than we would during Summer.
The lighting in your room, especially your living room and bedroom, can play a major part in how your room looks and feels (it can also affect your energy levels and/or sleep patterns which may affect how “cozy” you think your home actually is).
I generally tend to avoid harsh overhead lights as they can be bad for your eyes. They also give me migraines so that’s also that.
I personally think they are too busy—they remind me too much of daylight, so even when it’s time for bed, once the lights are on, I find it hard to go to sleep (even though I’m terrified of the dark, I find I sleep better with the lights dimmed or completely turned off).
If that affects you as well, it may be time to consider a change.
Warmer lights are obviously my preferred choice; except when it’s time to read, do work, or thread a needle. LOL. I’d say just make sure you use warmer lights in areas or rooms where they won’t affect your daily activities.
Having warmer / softer lighting can really make a room cozy and feel welcoming due to the elegant ambiance it provides.
If you’re interested in switching out your bright LEDs for softer, warmer lighting, then here are two options that first come to mind:
1. Soft White Lights (Usually around 2700 to 3000 kelvin): You can get the warm yellow glow that these lights provide from incandescent bulbs or warm LEDs. This type of lighting is often best for living rooms, dens, and bedrooms. If you’re living in an area where your Winters are really cold, then these may be good sources of insulation.
2. Warm White Lights (These range from 3000 to 4000 kelvin): These provide more of a yellowish-white glow, and are said to be better suited for kitchens and bathrooms.
The type of lighting you choose should be dependent on the room and how it’ll be used.
You don’t even have to change your entire light fixtures, simply change out the bulbs (in lamps, or pendants, or whatever light fixture you use), or invest in smart bulbs that will make the transition easier.
String lights, lanterns, and candles are also good in this regard.
#5: CHOOSE NATURAL ELEMENTS & PILE ON LAYERS OF TEXTURE
Natural elements and textures give a room a honest elegance.
The individual characteristics of solid wood, cotton, silk, and metal bring the richness of nature home.
Layering textures keep a fairly monochromatic scheme from falling flat.
Working within a single color palette ties a diverse selection of natural textures together. Its natural nature allows the freedom to dress it up with pops of color; which is a huge plus.
Mixing a combination of plush furniture and upholstery (instead of pared-down types) will certainly lend a comfortable, lived-in look to any space.
Warm natural colors such as moss, ivory, cream, or other earth tones blend well with textured natural fabrics like sisal, cotton, and linen.
But if you prefer contrasting colors, use a more limited textural range.
Smooth wood, frosted glass, quilted fabric, and sleek metal, for example, provide so much visual depth.
PRO TIP: Take a fan deck outside and match it with the colors you see around you, in nature, to determine what you can take indoors and add to your cozy home decor.
#6: REPLACE THOSE COLD TILES AND LAMINATE FLOORING WITH HARDWOOD FLOORS
You want your house to feel peaceful and zen while looking fabulously stylish at the same time.
If this applies to you, you’d score big points by installing hardwood flooring in your home.
Hardwood floors come in a variety of styles, grain, and color, so they may be suited for any home decor styles: Chic, classy, farmhouse, vintage, boho, or even rustic.
Hardwood floors can also improve the resale value of your home should you decide to sell it in the future—most homeowners and homebuyers prefer hardwood over laminate and tiles.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to make your home cozy and comfortable though.
These are simply recommendations. If hardwood floors are out of your league right now, go with what’s within your means (I mean it!).
Or, just add some rugs to your existing floors and call it a day.
You can also look into luxury vinyl flooring as an option if you think you absolutely need a change.
If you are on the fence as to what flooring choices to make for your home, the best way to decide is by figuring out your priorities and your end goal. After all, it’s your home!
You can start by asking some simple questions like these:
Are you limited by your budget?
How long do you wish for your floors to last?
Do you want to install the flooring yourself?
What rooms will the floors go in (are those rooms low or heavily trafficked? Do they retain moisture—like your kitchen or bathroom for starters?)?
Do you have kids, pets, or elderly family members living with you?
Do you plan to sell your home in the foreseeable future?
Are you even a homeowner, or do you live in an apartment?
The answers to these questions can determine what flooring may work best for you, and impact your choice.
#7: ADD A TOUCH OF THE PAST WITH RUSTIC / MIDCENTURY MODERN ELEMENTS
When you think of cozy, you probably think of country style homes.
But, when you think of “country” what comes to mind?
Is it lots and lots of figurines, cuckoo clocks, duck decoys, and drab color schemes?
Well, it shouldn’t be that way anymore.
Nowadays, “country” is much more sophisticated than decades ago; especially with the insurgence of boho and modern farmhouse decor styles.
Many people actually enjoy bringing the traditional design elements back into their modern decor designs.
It’s not hard for you to do it, too.
The key to mixing the elements of the past with your current decor is…accessorization.
Throw out your collection of farm animal figurines, that were too whimsical, to begin with, and replace them with large floral arrangements, decorative vases, vintage clocks, mirrors with distressed frames, mid-century credenzas, or just about anything else that screams antique.
Search for rustic accents that are true to the craftsmanship of bygone days.
Opt for handmade pottery inspired by old-fashioned galvanized containers and redware bowls with updated geometric designs.
As for your window treatments, look for timeless patterns with modern colors and feel-good textures (like 100% pure linen and sheer).
Add a historical touch with references like furniture with cabriole legs, crown molding, and the like— that are already considered to be elegant, graceful, and lend a quiet comfort to your fast-paced lives.
#8: PAINT. PAINT. AND MORE PAINT!
Whether you disagree or not, paint can’t be beaten.
A little bit of paint can add a lot of dimension to your walls or even to your smooth wood, laminate, or tiled floors.
There’s so much you can do with a few cans of paint!
You can use contrasting colors to create a simple geometric design that mimics tiles.
Or, if you’re feeling ambitious, hire an artist to paint a Trompe L’Oeil area rug (I know right!).
And that’s just your floor. You have your walls and even your furniture to play with.
Colorful walls literally set the tone of a room.
And colorful furniture seals the deal.
As you consider paint colors, though, think about what you’re trying to achieve—your end goal.
Do you want to create a look that’s unexpectedly vibrant and/or playful?
If so, then go for a jolt of color, like teal, lime green or bright yellow, or even neon pink.
Do you want to set a romantic tone? Think pastels for that.
How about luxury? Consider jewel tones like ruby red, sapphire blue, emerald green, citrine yellow, burgundy or purple; you get the gist.
Serious or sophisticated? Darker shades like black or greys or similar neutrals are top picks.
Your options are limitless. Your only obstacle is you and the space you’re working with.
All-in-all, you must be realistic about your space.
Think about the size of your room and the amount of natural light that it gets, for one.
The truth is, small rooms will look tinier if canvased in deeper hues like black, or navy, or brown; especially if there’s little to no natural light streaming in.
While lighter colors will brighten and open them up. A room flooded with natural lighting plus painted in light colors (especially white) and paired with light furniture is perfect for giving off comfortable, airy feels.
Those darker shades would be better fitted if you had a large space that you’d want to make cozier.
You could also choose to maintain the interest of a large space by opting for a palette of contrasting colors in the same tonal range.
Use modern, monochromatic accents to make your colors pop and essentially cultivate a soothing space.
I recommend that you test the color or combination you choose, overnight.
To do this, you can get a paint sample or samples of each color, in square foot strips, and paste them on the wall or walls.
Leave them on there for a few days, if needs be before you decide on painting.
This will allow you to see how you really feel about that choice. Kind of like the honeymoon phase of painting! Haha
Why do this? It’s simple; you wouldn’t want to spend time and money on a paint job only to totally hate it and have to do it all over; would you?
#9: WALL ART & WALL HANGINGS—A PICTURE SAYS A THOUSAND WORDS
I’m a firm believer that a couple of carefully selected and strategically placed pieces of art can totally transform the look and feel of a room.
The walls of your home are go-to spots to accentuate with unusual design elements and patterns.
There are so many to choose from, too.
From normal printable art, beautiful hand-drawn pieces, abstract art, macrame wall hangings (which, like macrame furniture pieces, are jampacked with texture!), landscape illustrations, wooden signs, rustic signs, farmhouse wall hangings, mirrors, beautiful quilts, and textile wall hangings, your kids’ artwork, to even hanging plants.
You can also use stencils to match your muse—which is a growing trend.
If those are hard to find, depending on where you live, you can grab some supplies from your local craft store and make your own.
Art adds dimension, color, personality, character, pique visual interest, make a statement, and tie your entire decor together.
Whether you want to add a large or oversized piece of art to your wall or create a gallery wall is totally up to you.
Make the most of those empty wall spaces.
I personally don’t consider a home a “home” unless it has something on the wall(s). Empty walls just don’t do it for me. But that’s just my taste.
Wondering why wall art is so important?
It’s that finishing element that just pulls a space together and makes it feel complete. (Again, to me at least)
That little extra touch can take your space from simply looking functional to appearing as if it could be worthy of its own interior design magazine feature. I
t’s that powerful.
How you arrange your art is just as important as the pieces you choose. So pay extra attention to those minor details.
TIP: Don’t have any vertical space (or can’t punch holes in the walls because you live in a rental), lean your pieces against your wall for a casual, laid-back, effortless appeal.
#10: INCORPORATE PLANTS & GREENERY
Speaking on hanging plants…
With the love of gardening continuing to grow in popularity among homeowners, people are constantly looking for ways to recreate the beauty and tranquility they experience outdoors, in their homes.
And interior designers and decorators are encouraging it, too!
To keep your home fresh and light, use a soft, bright color palette and airy window treatments.
Yes, light-colored rooms can still be cozy.
Again, it’s about how it’s accessorized.
Opt for upholstery, furniture, and accents that reflect a botanical or rustic inspiration, and add dimension.
Add plants on top of plants, on top of even more plants!
Indoor plants are not only beautiful and are great for adding doses of color, but they have so many other benefits like oxygen; for one.
Plants also add texture, as do the vases you store them in (those terracotta vases, pots, and planters, or containers made of warm metallics like copper, brass, or gold.
You can also pile on the texture with baskets made from natural woven materials.)
And don’t shy away from getting houseplants because you think you don’t have a green thumb and everything you touch dies.
There are so many types of indoor plants out there that are really low maintenance and just as beneficial to your home. Succulents or Ferns, for example.
#11: CREATE AN ARTFUL FUSION OF FORM AND FUNCTION
You’ve probably heard the phrase “From the ground up” but never paid it much mind, nor thought about applying it to your own decorating.
But, if you’ve just inherited Grandma’s antique Oriental, or painted your old Hutch, or found an eyecatching new rug you couldn’t resist buying, why not make that your focal point and tailor your room to its unique coloration, pattern, and overall design?
Use the rug’s hues to guide your choice in upholstery, bedcovering, and window treatments (e.g. your curtains).
Most intricately patterned area rugs work best with richly grained furniture. The solid finishes on the furniture tend to balance out the underlying rug’s strong patterns.
Patterned, frilly, tasseled, knitted, woven, quilted, braided area rugs are just a few of the amazing choices for yielding cozy results.
Create the perfect fusion of form and functions with accessories, and furniture that are both pretty and practical (serves more than one function, or does that one function well!); For example, an ottoman by your bed that doubles as a seat and a storage piece for your sheets and extra pillows.
#12: MIX METAL, WOOD & GLASS TO GIVE A STUNNING EFFECT
Metal, wood, and glass can coexist. In fact, they go really well together.
To get the most out of this combination, use one material (whether the wood, the glass, or the metal) as your primary decor and the others as accents.
If possible, build your room around a statement piece that combines all three elements like a coffee table (for your living room) or a dining room set.
The metal and glass combo will surely elevate the look to one of unassuming elegance and luxury. Their sleek textures create an eyecatching contrast to natural fibers and fabric upholstery.
Add some brass or gold fittings to the mix and be amazed by the transformation; if done well.
And by the way, you don’t have to burden yourself nor your pockets to buy furniture in sets.
Mix them up.
Get a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, and a lot of that other stuff. Having sets and all your furniture being from the same store, with the same, or similar design is boring anyway, and can make your home seem like the inside of a furniture store’s showroom.
You don’t want that.
I mean it.
#13: MAKE USE OF PATTERNS & GEOMETRICAL MOTIFS
Patterns are a time-tested solution to giving your room(s) a cozy feel.
Here’s something interesting: they can even be a way to tie to your favorite memories.
A ticking duvet may remind you of snuggling up on your first mattress, while the whimsical fusion of a plaid tablecloth could help you reminisce about the happiness of childhood picnics.
Bold fabrics can easily heighten the energy in a room.
Ticking stripes and geometric motifs (beds, couches, chairs, tables) can create a visually appealing contrast.
Play it off with solid colored upholstery and accessories to give a light finish and add a casual and welcoming feel to the overall look.
#14: DON’T FORGET THE SMELL OF HOME SWEET HOME
How could we forget to mention how fragrance can make a home feel cozy and inviting!?
That new home smell is better when it lasts year-round.
There’s a reason burning incense and lighting up a few scented candles, or even spritzing your room with essential oil diffusers is such a common practice.
People love the smell!
After a long, tiring day, unwinding to the smooth, sweet scent of candles or essential oils while taking a long, hot bath is nothing short of magical and caters to extreme relaxation.
If you are asthmatic or just don’t like the idea of using chemicals (may be found in scented candles), the essential oil option may suit you best.
You can even bring in some fresh fragrant flowers (I’ve seen people hang bundles of Eucalyptus or Lavender in their homes; even in the shower!), or open up a window especially if you live in the countryside or it’s Autumn or spring.
Well, there you have it: 12 amazing ideas for how you can make your home feel cozier without all the extra work or money.
I hope these cozy home decor ideas left you feeling inspired.
Do you have any tip that wasn’t mentioned here? Feel free to leave it in the comments. All feedback is appreciated.
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