We can never do enough for our home. When it’s hot outside, we want it to be breezy with no layers to hold in heat, but once winter comes, we want a house that feels warm and cosy. A comfy and inviting home is not only welcoming to visitors, it also lingers in the minds of your guests as both an enjoyable and memorable place. More important than your guests’ experience though is that your home is the perfect place for you to relax and enjoy your life! Fortunately, it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to make your space more comfy and cosy. Here are some easy tips to try that will help you craft a space that anyone who comes never wants to leave!

1. Set the Tone With your Front Door and Entryway

Great curb appeal can never be appreciated enough. In winter, if there’s a storm raging outside, a quick front stoops clean or a welcoming door mat can do wonders for creating an inviting entryway. Adding some small details to your front porch will create instantly inviting vibes for your home. Put up a fun little welcome sign on your front door or a lush green plant on your porch.

2. Look for Furniture that is ‘Curl-Upabble’

There is a big difference between furniture that is lovely to look at and furniture that is actually comfortable to sit on. The balance between these two can be effectively struck with a perfect sofa. Before purchasing any piece of furniture, try sitting on it and evaluate its curl-up ability. There is no better test than trying it out yourself in the store! If you can imagine yourself snuggled up on a sofa on a rainy Sunday afternoon, purchase that piece right away. Something as simple as rethinking your sofa cover with a deep jewel tone and a softer fabric cover can also make a big difference.

3. Add Big Snugly Cushions Everywhere

Harsh, straight lines are unpleasant to the eyes and can undo all your hard work trying to create an inviting space. Tricks like to incorporate big pillows will not only make your home look cosier but will also make your furniture more comfortable too. There are so many large cushions for your home which can be cuddled whilst you watch a film with your family. You can easily splurge on one of those big furry pillows for your couch or change the covers of your existing pillows. The bigger and furrier they are, the more cosy your space will look and feel. 

4. Use Colour to Draw the Eye Through Your Space

Imagine you are a guest and this is your first view of your house. You should pay attention to designing the furthest point that your eyes can reach because it will most likely pull people through your home and make them feel like they want to stay to explore your space. The easiest way you can do this is to paint the furthest wall across from your front door or using wallpaper with a bold accent colour as it will literally capture your visitors’ attention.

5. Plan Your Furniture Arrangement Thoughtfully

We might not mind moving a chair out of the way to get around the dining table, but it is difficult to feel comfortable in spaces that are difficult to traverse. The idea is to make moving around your home obstacle-less, so small homeowners especially, should plan their furniture arrangement carefully. It’s important to know your space so that you don’t squish over-sized furniture so closely together that no one can squeeze through.

6. Light Your Rooms The Right Way

One of the most important factors that contributes to the cosiness of a room is something most people don’t think about: light. Just a tiny investment and a little planning can make a huge difference. Try switching from cool light bulbs to warm ones for a wonderful instant transformation of your space. It’s also important to have multiple light settings for different purposes; bright lighting is ideal for large gatherings, dimmed lighting for a night-in, and small table lamps to bring lighting down to your eye level and scale your room. You can also get new light switches to change your light from bright to dim in an instant.  

7. Add Richly Textured Patterns to Create Drama

Our eyes are more drawn to richly textured patterns as they make us feel like we are sitting in a very special place. Texture and pattern give your home a sense of sophistication and richness, as well as adding more depth and dimension. The easiest way to add texture is through the use of patterned wallpaper. If you are on a budget, you can also paint a stencil on the wall, or frame some richly patterned wrapping paper around the home.

8. Personalize Your Furniture

If you have a lot of generic and easily recognizable  furniture that you have purchased from a popular retailer, personalizing it is a good way to add a personal feeling to your home. Your house will then go from feeling like a catalogue to feeling like a unique home, and your guests will be able to feel your personality throughout the house. Put family photos on sideboards or have your children paint their hand prints on the wooden furniture in their bedrooms or playroom for a really special personal touch.

9. Add Warm Metals 

Warm metals are extremely effective in warming up a space. These elements can be copper, bronze, brass or rose gold and you can find various furniture pieces and household items made from these materials to incorporate into your home. If you are on a budget, you can find antique items at garage sales and flea markets then polish them with some DIY tips from the Internet. You can also go overboard and use copper coloured spray to transform the pieces you already have. 

Cozying up your place may sound expensive and take a lot of effort, but it can start as simple as just changing a few bulbs. Again, it’s about creating a space that feels full, sophisticated and like it’s giving out welcoming hugs. It is so rewarding to come home after a hard day at work to a house that is so comfortable and inviting.

Photo by Kam Idris on Unsplash




I've been writing since 2008 about a wide range of topics. I also love making furniture in my spare time, and birdwatching with my wife near our home in southern England.

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