By Soniya Gaonkar on Jan 11, 2022 3:34:01 PM
The urge for a secure haven extends back to prehistoric times when we lived in caves and had only a small room illuminated by a warm fire to call home. The idea is the same whether you're in a cave, a studio apartment, or a 15-bedroom mansion.
Everyone wants to feel at ease in their surroundings. It's a necessary component of being human in order to feel calm and comfortable.
- Perhaps you've recently purchased a new home that is replete with builder-grade colours and finishes and feels sterile and devoid of personality.
- Perhaps you're a college student who wants to make your dorm room more inviting.
- Perhaps you've never decorated before, but you just feel like something isn't quite "right" about your home's mood.
Many of us don't know where to begin when it comes to giving our homes a certain "feeling." It's sometimes difficult to figure out what's wrong and what changes we need to make.
As a result, we research the internet for ideas, pin innumerable photographs to Pinterest, and search for hours yet come up unsatisfied. Why do you think you're feeling this way?
Because when you take a step back and look at all of the photos you've saved, you'll see that none of them looks anything like your own bedroom or living area. So here's the million-dollar question: how can you make your house warm and inviting?
In this blog, we'll look at a few essential aspects that can help you establish the sensation of cosiness in your home.
So let’s dig in.
1. Create Warmth Through Lighting
Lighting is the first advice for making your house cosy for a reason! Nothing is more vital than proper lighting when it comes to creating a welcoming environment. So start by examining your lighting situation if you're not sure how to build a warm area.
- What is the number of light sources in your room?
- What is the shape and style of each light? Is it to your liking?
- Is the light coming from the lamps warm or cool?
Any single overhead lighting that is too bright should be avoided. Instead, make sure you have plenty of job lighting, table and floor lights, scented candles, and ambient lighting. You can also create clusters of illumination where you want focal and conversation points after the sun goes down.
2. Add Life With Plants & Flowers
If you don't have any yet, you should think about getting some right away! Unless it's a spider or a lizard, any living element in the house will contribute to the comfortable feeling.
Another advantage of having a lot of plants is that you can accessorise with just as many beautiful vases. Plants in pots, planters, and baskets are incredibly warm in and of themselves, and they also offer tactile flashes of interest to any area.
But if you travel regularly and are concerned that your plants will perish, you can ask a trusted friend or neighbour to come over and water your plants.
3. Warm Up Your Space With Rugs & Textiles
By putting layers between yourself and the floor, you will quickly feel warmer and more comfortable. There isn't a single room in the house where a stunning rug isn't beneficial. Rugs can also be used in the bathroom and kitchen - many people are now adorning their bathrooms and kitchens with lovely Persian rugs!
If that's not your style, don't forget a luxurious bath mat in the bathroom! After a shower, there's nothing worse than stepping onto a chilly, damp bathroom floor. Not at all comfortable! (It's also risky.)
4. Add Texture
Easy! Textural artefacts that you enjoy touching or feel compelled to touch should be displayed in your home. Consider how you shop: do you touch the items that pique your interest? The textures of "touchable" goods are frequently interesting.
Here are some ways to instantly add texture that will cosy up your rooms:
- Place extra pillows and toss blankets in weaved baskets.
- Fabrics with enticing textures, such as chunky knit, velvet, faux fur, and linen, can be used.
- Pile the cushions high.
- Tactile experiences and feelings can also be created by mixing accessories made of leather, porcelain, and wood.
- A cheap and efficient method to add texture to a room is with a simple but well-styled book rack.
5. Cosy Up With Curtains
Do you have sheers or blinds on your windows? Swap out your lighter weight curtains for some beautiful thick drapes for an extra layer of cosiness.
During winters, they'll not only keep the heat in, but they'll also provide extra softness and, you guessed it, warmth to the space. The Anthropologie tasselled, macrame type curtains shown above aren't lined, but they sure are gorgeous.
In summer, you can obviously swap them with other materials.
6. Hang Artwork & Mirrors
Empty walls should be avoided. If you don't have anything hanging on your walls and aren't sure why your home feels so empty, hang something! Keeping a wall completely blank and displaying only one piece of art might be an immensely dramatic design decision. However, if you go that path with your art, make sure it's on purpose and not just because your wall art was a last-minute addition.
If you don't have the financial means to purchase original artwork, prints are always a good and (usually) cost-effective option.
You can hang the following items in addition to paintings and prints: Your own personal photographs mirror your children's artwork in fibre art textile wall hangings lovely quilts. If you don't want to use nails because you're renting, use adhesive command strips or hooks that won't create holes in your walls.
7. Don’t Forget Fragrance & Scent
It's vital to see what you see, but it's as crucial to smell what you smell! The power of fragrance should never be underestimated.
If your house is beautiful but still smells like the cod you grilled the night before... You're doing a disservice to your home and all of your hard work. There are many different ways to smell your home; all you have to do is choose your favourite method and, of course, a perfume you enjoy. Wax melts, scented candles, incense, homemade stovetop potpourri, fresh aromatic flowers, and so on... Whatever makes your nose squeal with delight!
That’s it! We hope you love these ideas and will implement them in your home.