When it comes to decorating your home, one of your first priorities is likely to be making it place that is cozy and inviting for your family and guests alike. There’s nothing better than getting home after a long day and having a place that you can nestle down and really unwind. Ultimately, it’s all about combining a range of different techniques to create this kind of environment. Here are a few things that you can do to make your home that little bit cozier. Be warned, you may never want to leave!
First Impressions Count
You should start by creating a welcoming atmosphere before you have even stepped inside the front door. Why not try painting that door an entirely new color? How about a nice, bright red or green that really makes it stand out from your neighbors. Finish the job off with a shiny new house number. Also, you could think about getting a new welcome mat. When you actually step inside the house itself, try putting in a new house plant on your porch so you are greeted by nature as soon as you arrive indoors.
Your living room is likely to be the place where most of the socializing and entertaining are done, so this is also the place where you will want to focus a good deal of your time and attention. Make sure there is plenty of comfortable seating around – why not browse ottoman bean bags online for something extra special? As well as being cozy, it should be arranged in a way to encourage conversation. It’s also a good idea to have a couple of firmer chairs as some people may prefer this as an option, particularly if they struggle to get up and down.
There’s nothing that makes your home feel more like home than having some memorable objects dotted around the place. Family photos are the obvious choice, but you could also display some souvenirs from past holidays, works of art or ornaments. Display these in prominent positions where they can be easily seen. Not only will these remind you of happy times, they can also act as great talking points for when you have guests over.
Let there be Light
In your living room in particular, it’s a good idea to have a range of lighting sources. You want this to be a place where you can really relax and unwind, so avoid anything that is too bright and harsh. Try lighting that is around the sides of the room rather than hanging down from the middles of the ceiling. If you have a number of different lamps dotted around, this gives you a nice option to alter the lighting whenever you feel like it.
A Warming Presence
Probably one of the most important aspects of maintaining a cozy home, getting the heating right really does make all the difference. If your thermostat has a timer setting, make sure this is set to come on so the house is nice and toasty when you step through the door. Keep this adjusted throughout the year to keep your heating bills down. Nothing says cozy like a big, roaring fireplace, so consider one of these if you haven’t got one already. Also, think about getting one or two warm blankets so you can really cuddle up as a family. Perfect for that lazy evening movie marathon!
Nature in the Home
I’ve already mentioned having a house plant on your front porch, but it’s a nice idea to have a few of these dotted around the house. Even some smaller ones which can be placed up on window ledges add a nice, natural feel to your home. It’s also a nice touch to have some fresh flowers around the home which add a pleasant aroma to the house as well as being great to look at.
Nothing can dampen your mood quicker when you get inside the house than a mess. One of the first things you should think about is getting some more shelves and storage units to keep everything tidied away. When you get round to the process of actually filling these up, you may find that there are a few things that you simply don’t have any use for anymore. Luckily, there are plenty of services now available online where you can make a bit of extra cash by selling some of your unwanted things.
A Lick of Paint
A nice simple way of making your home cozier is simply by adding a lick of paint. In your living room, you could try some warming deeper colors so that the room reflects its relaxing central purpose. Most people often go for off-white shades in the bedroom, so why not go for something darker? Try something dramatic like a chocolate brown or charcoal gray. You may well find that these are also conducive to helping you sleep at night. If you are planning to go for these colors, make sure you have some white metallic furniture so everything doesn’t end up looking too heavy and uninviting.
If you have some areas of the house that have hard wooden floors, some fluffy rugs are the perfect way to soften them out (literally and from a design point of view!). Not only do these feel great underfoot, you can choose colors that really complement other features in the room. Rugs on bare floors also help to keep in the warmth so they are literally and metaphorically warming!
The Final Curtain
When you close some big curtains, you really get a sense that you are shutting yourself off from the stresses outside, if only for a little while. Again, these also have heat retaining properties so they will probably end up helping with your household bills as well. You could choose a color to match your carpet or rugs to add a sense of symmetry to the room.
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