Easy Ways To Keep Your Home Nice And Cosy
After the week we've had, it’s forgiveable if all you want to do is curl up under a blanket and stay in all day. But what if your home is not as cosy as you’d like it to be? Since your home should be a haven where you can fully relax (and stay away from the biting cold), it’s important that your abode has the right atmosphere.
Having a warm, cosy, and inviting environment is important no matter what your situation is. Of course, it is crucial if you simply want a place to unwind. And if you’re the social type, you need a cosy home to entertain guests. A nice and cosy home also takes on a new level of importance if you’ve recently just moved in—you want to settle in quickly after all.
Here are a few ways you can easily make your home nice and cosy.
Create An Entrance That Oozes Cosiness
The first thing that anybody sees when visiting your house is the entrance. This initial area has a big influence on their perception on the rest of your house. Even though you might have put in so much effort in making your living room, kitchen, and bedrooms perfect, a dark and shabby entrance will detract from everything else. You need an entryway that sets the warm and inviting tone you desire.
Give your front door a good clean and, if necessary, add a new coat of paint. It might also be a good idea to replace doorknobs, doorbells, and mail boxes for a shiny, new look. Add a welcoming doormat to extend an invitation to your visitors to come in and warm up. Another thing that works wonders is to place a big leafy plant right next to the inside of your door. Greenery always adds a positive atmosphere to any home.
Use Tactile Textures For Touch
The great thing about keeping your home cosy is that you can probably go overboard on textiles (most of the time!). If all you see is a room full of harsh straight lines and smooth finishes, it gives the impression that the space is cold and impersonal. This is the opposite of cosy!
Use all kinds of textiles to add a bit of visual and tactile variability in your home. Add rugs in your living room and bedrooms—this is the perfect chance to experiment with different colours and materials. Mix and match throw pillows on your sofa, benches, or the floor. Also, soften hard spaces with blankets and try switching regular containers with woven ones.
Set The Right Light
To make a space feel inviting, you need the right amount and kind of lighting. An overly dark room doesn’t exactly instil a sense of happiness so you need at least enough light for the right atmosphere.
The type of light depends on the time of day as well. During the day, open up curtains and use mirrors strategically to let in as much light as possible. Plenty of natural light will make you feel more productive, happier, and calmer so be sure to take advantage of it! In the evenings, close off a few curtains and switch on lamps with a soft, orange glow. During this time, you don’t want harsh light. You can even light up a few real or electric candles to create a relaxing atmosphere.
Add Pleasant Scents
Smell is an important component of a cosy home so you should try to infuse a few pleasant smells throughout your place. At the very least, make sure that there aren’t any bad smells floating around. Try taking a mini-break away for a day or two so that you can take note of the smell as soon as you return.
To add pleasant scents, try getting a few fragrant plants such as lavender and scented geraniums. For non-plant options, use an essential oil diffuser, beeswax candles, or other natural ways to make your home smell great.
Display Unique Items
Placing personalised items for everyone to see might not seem like it will do much, but trust me, it does! Having your unique items out on display will bring back (hopefully warm and fuzzy) memories. It also adds a lot more character to your home than if you just have bare rooms.
Hang up photos of family members to make you feel at ease. Show off prints and artwork that you’ve bought or even created yourself. Also, display a few souvenirs from your travels—those handmade ceramic bowls from Vietnam could do just the trick! As long as you don’t overdo it, your unique belongings make for a room that feels lived-in and inviting.
You deserve a home that you want to stay in and spend time relaxing. With these tips, you’ll get just that! Also, if you’ve just moved, these tips act as a great way to easily feel more comfortable at your new place. And with a cosy home, you’ll be in a great position to invite people over.
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Disclosure: This is a collaborative post with Get A Mover