When the winter time rolls around, it can bring with it some seasonal depression and some discomfort due to the cold. Whether you live in an apartment or a house, having décor elements that create coziness or a Hygge atmosphere are always appreciated, particularly in countries where the winter months are a bit longer. Here are some ideas for essentials you can pick and choose to make your home look like a cozy, couch potato’s dream come true. 

  1. Work On The Lighting 

The lighting affects the mood and vibe when it comes to any living space. A major element of making your home look cozy is to use warm lighting with plenty of lighting fixtures, lamps and even fairy lights if you like them. There are multiple ways to make a faux fireplace for an apartment or house that doesn’t have one as the warm glow of a fire is always comforting in the dead of winter. Buying a few quirky or statement lamps such as table lamps, floor lamps and so forth can make any space look inviting and calming. 

Make a point of buying good quality bulbs in the warm tone so that they emit plenty of light as opposed to lower volt varieties that can make your living room or bedroom seem dingy. For the purposes of enhancing the natural light in your home, get thinner curtains that have a thicker second layer so in the day you get plenty of sun and at nighttime they block out excess drafts. Lastly, remember that the lighting in your space makes statement décor pieces more visible and easy to appreciate. Specialized home lighting solutions like Philips smart bulbs for example include a range of features from changing the color of the light to dimming it and remotely controlling it. 

  1. Cabin Rustic

A designer trick for incorporating that much-coveted cozy yet outdoorsy vibe is to instill rustic, wooden and faded elements into the living space. Choose décor items with a wooden touch to them, vintage or antique items can further enhance the old cottage vibe. You don’t even need to opt for statement wood pieces, but little additions like wooden spoons and decorative bowls or kitchen drawers can make any home seem rustic and well-lived in. 

Furniture is easily one of the more expensive items in interior décor or when redecorating a space, so never underestimate the quality pre-loved or thrifted items you can find and upcycle if you enjoy taking on home projects. Repainting wooden objects in different colors can impart a modern twist to the traditional light or dark polished wood look. Consult a commercial roofer about painting your ceiling darker as it can make light colored walls appear taller. 

  1. Hand-Picked Homely Touches

What makes a house a home is the style and personality of the people who live in it. Design your living spaces with carefully picked out items such as cushions, rugs, plush blankets, bowls, vases and tapestries. Display your sense of style in a curated selection of décor pieces that you can then scatter all over the house. Not only do they create a comforting vibe for you personally, they can be excellent conversation starters and make someone else feel at home. Having heated blankets and throw blankets in abundance is a great staple of the Danish Hygge style and you can pair them with scented, aroma therapy candles and diffusers and soft, furry pillows and cushions. 

Foliage can be incredibly homely so invest in succulents, cacti and other plants like money plants, provided you can take care of them and they get enough natural sunlight. Flower pots or plants in the bathroom can provide a Zen appeal so after your bathroom remodeler is done upgrading your bathroom, instill some faux or real varieties. Plants can also get damaged in a house that has pets like dogs and cats in it. 

  1. Cozy Layers 

Fabric is really how coziness is achieved in any kind of home décor. Layer the fabrics whether they are rugs, throws or cushions to create cozy layers that everyone from humans to pets will love. You can contrast lighter and darker colors like having a beige or white neutral rug and darker colored cushions or upholstery. Playing with and layering textures is a favorite technique that designers employ to create dimension in a space and make it look more attractive. 

A fine line should be drawn so that layering is not construed as clutter, especially in smaller places like apartments. Keep the measurements of the space in mind when choosing carpets or rugs and as any interior designer will tell you, wall to wall carpeting might be cozier but it can shrink the visual expanse of the room.

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