As a parent, one of your main goals is to provide a safe and comfortable home for your family. And as a homeowner, one of the best compliments you can ever receive is when people call your home cozy. It only shows how comfortable your guests are in your space.
Many of us want to achieve a cozy home but aren’t sure how to do it or start. The first thing to think about is why you want to have a comfortable home? What do you want to achieve in doing so, and how will it help to make you feel better?
Feeling Good about Your Personal Space
It’s our nature to want comfort, so you can’t blame anyone for taking extreme measures to make their houses as cozy as possible. Regardless of where a person lives- a mansion, a cave, or a studio apartment, we all want the same thing, comfort. It is a massive part of us and is vital to feel relaxed and calm.
We all have various reasons for wanting a cozy home, such as:
- Buying a new home that feels dull and boring- you want to make your house look lively, so you incorporate different pieces that would make it feel cozy.
- Living independently for the first time- you want to copy the coziness you felt back home, so you design your tiny apartment in ways that would make you feel at home.
- Something doesn’t feel right in your home- whether you’re new in designer or not, you will eventually feel the need to make home improvements when something feels “off” in your house.
Making Your Home Cozy
Fortunately, making your home cozy is not as difficult as you think. There’s no secret recipe for providing a relaxing space for your family. You may even have everything you need in your home to make it comfortable for every season of the year.
Indeed, good central air conditioning can make your home feel relaxing, but if you want to make your home cozy, it’s vital to add good lighting in all common areas, such as the dining room or the living space. Experts say that good lighting is the key to giving your home a cozy atmosphere.
But if you’re not sure where to start, you can begin by assessing the lighting situation of each space:
- How many sources of light are there in a room?
- Do you like the design of the light?
- Do you use warm or cool bulbs?
Interior designers do not recommend overhead lighting in most cases, as it could be too harsh to look at. If possible, opt for smaller lighting sources such as table lamps, ambiance lighting, and scented candles.
Yet if you wish to save money in the meantime and avoid buying new lighting, make sure to use warm bulbs in rooms that you want to keep cozy.
Adding Plants and Flowers
It’s no surprise that plants and flowers can add life to any space. And if your home doesn’t have any houseplants yet, now is the time to add some. House plants and flowers can significantly make your home cozy.
However, not everyone has the talent for taking care of plants. You would even have dying plants in the long run, but that’s okay. It’s all part of the process. Over time, you’ll learn to care for your plants, so don’t lose hope.
In addition, plants can be expensive too, yet there are different ways to save money and make your home full of greens:
- Learn to grow your existing plants more.
- Ask for plant cuttings from family and friends.
- Visit some garden centers and ask the management if they have extra plants that need re-homing. They often sell these plants for a lower price.
So how will you add texture to your home? It’s easy. Put objects in your house that you like to look at or touch.
Think of it this way, when you go shopping, you are typically compelled to touch some items even though you don’t intend to buy them. That’s because you feel compelled to feel their texture. The same thing applies to your home. Purchase a few pieces with a compelling surface so your guests and family can always feel comfortable.
Here are some tips for adding texture to your home:
- Put woven baskets in common areas and fill them up with pillows.
- Add texture using fabrics like velvet, fur, knit, and linen on your pillowcases or sofa blanket.
- More pillows!
- Mix different materials in one space and use wood, leather, and other textiles to create a more inviting atmosphere.
As you can see, there are so many ways to create a cozy space for your family. And what’s even better is that you don’t always have to spend a lot of money doing so. Follow these tips when you feel your home needs a few tweaks and turns.