How to Make a Home Cozy: 5 Ideas For Comfort & Warmth

At Home With Dia
by At Home With Dia

I will share with you how to make a home cozy. Whether you're faced with rooms that feel quite bare and cold after taking down all your holiday decor, or you want to make your home feel a little bit cozier for the winter months, you will discover how to make a home feel cozy this time of year.

Making your space feel and look more comfortable and warmer requires a multi-sensory approach. To accomplish this, I will go through 5 cozy home decor tips to make your space feel comfy and inviting without breaking the bank.

Using color for a cozy vibe

1. Use color

Colors like black, brown, dark green, deep moody blue, and smoky jewel tones are perfect colors to infuse an inviting and comfy look into your home. Pick a couple of colors that complement your overall home color scheme for a well-thought-out decorating approach.

Dark accents

This can be achieved by switching out some accent pieces to more dark tones.

Dark, muted-colored accent pillows

Using dark, muted-colored accent pillows, accessories, vessels, bowls, and decorative boxes injects a warm, cozy vibe.

Velvet curtains

If you're up to making even a greater impact, you can also change your draperies to thicker fabrics like velvet or tweed-looking textures in coordinating colors.

Thick curtains to insulate windows

Switching out your curtains to thicker fabric not only provides some insulation to your windows during the colder months, but it also creates a space that feels more cocoon-like. And since we're talking about thicker texture, let's discuss the next tip.

Using textured pillow cases

2. Use texture

As you look to amp up the cozy factor in your home, consider including pillows in textured fabrics, like velvet, tweed, and boucle.

Changing out pillow covers

You can easily make the change by purchasing pillow covers quite inexpensively from places like IKEA and Amazon and simply inserting your existing pillow forms into them.

Thick textured throw pillows

Also, use thicker textured throw pillows, like warm wooly knits, faux fur, and sherpa.

Textures and fabrics for a cozy vibe

Adding textural fabrics that are soft to the touch enhances the feeling of comfort and makes it easier to cuddle up while watching TV or snuggling with a good book.

Natural accents in a room

3. Use natural accents

Another way to add a cozy feel to your space is by including natural and wood elements.

Cool glass decor

Avoid glass or silver metal decorative pieces that give off a cool look.

Warm tones and cozy textures

Instead, use aged brass or wood candlesticks, bowls, platters, and woven baskets in warm color tones to bring in that textural sense of nature that makes a space look and feel warmer and cozier.

Decorating with plants

4. Use greenery

During the winter months when things outside may look cold and gloomy, bring some life into your space by adding live or artificial greenery into your decor.

Using pine cones in decor

You can use evergreen stems and pine cones even after the holidays since these are winter elements and offer that rustic, cozy vibe in a modern environment.

Using greenery and candles in the winter

Greenery livens up the space and offers a brighter outlook to those long, cold winter months.

Kitchen lighting

5. Control lighting

When you want to create that warm, cozy feeling in your space, you also need to look at your lighting.

Warmer vs cooler Kelvin values

If you have overhead light fixtures, make sure that all the light bulbs are between 2700 and 3000 Kelvin, which is considered a warm white.

Warm vs cool light

Anything above 3000 Kelvin will cast a cool white light that is quite opposite to cozy.

Dimming the light

A perfect way to make your room look warmer is by controlling the light output from your overhead lighting by installing dimmers.

Sweeping with overhead lighting

If, however, you are in a rental or you don't want to invest in this fairly inexpensive electrical alteration, reserve overhead lighting only for tasks like cleaning.

Standing lamp

But, when you want to relax, multiple table and floor lamps placed around your room will create that warm, cozy glow.

Remote-control dimmer

You can also include dimmable light bulbs and use plug-in remote controls on these lamps, So, you can turn them on, off, or adjust the light intensity at the click of one button.

Lighting a candle

And don't forget to include candles for added ambiance.

Real candles

Flameless remote control candles are ideal if you have pets or little ones or in any area where using real candles can be a challenge.

Flameless candles

I like using real candles where I'd normally sit, so the flame is not left unattended.

Using home fragrances

Bonus tip: Stimulate the sense of smell

While we're discussing candles, I'd like to touch on the topic of scent, because making your space feel cozy also involves the sense of smell.

Scented candle

The scent of vanilla musk, cinnamon, caramel, winter fir, pine, and spices shouldn't be reserved just for the year-end holiday season.

Essential oil diffusers

Using scented candles and essential oil diffusers, or even putting a simmer pot on your stove with sliced oranges, cloves, and cinnamon, will fill your space with the lovely aroma that accentuates the sense of warmth and coziness.

How to make a home cozy

So, by incorporating these suggestions, you are well on your way to injecting that warmth and cozy vibe we all crave during the winter months.

How to make a home cozy

Learning how to make a home cozy is an excellent skill to obtain during the cold winter months. After all, who doesn’t love walking into a cozy home after you have been out in the elements?

What makes a home feel extra warm and inviting in your opinion? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Join the conversation
  • Marian Marian on May 07, 2024
    Excellent tutorial and well illustrated in visual examples. Thank you. Yes, I am inspired!
  • Che102628609 Che102628609 on May 07, 2024
    I would never, ever suggest using REAL CANDLES - the picture alone that was shown melting extremely close to the bed scares me to death!