Over the past few weeks, Scott and I have been putting a lot of time into The House on High Street. Not sure if it’s the same with everyone, but since we are not indoors as much during the summer, home projects are not on my priority list. The temperatures are finally beginning to drop. The holiday season is approaching. We’ll all be spending more time indoors. Now is the perfect time to give our living spaces a little more TLC. Believe it or not, it only takes a few home decor accents to make things COZY!
I recall the first time I set foot in the House on High Street. A three-story, two-hundred year old home, with 12-foot ceilings, and decades worth of neglect. This was a huge difference to the one and two bedroom condos Scott and I lived in, prior. They were fairly easy to make cozy! I had confidence in the vision we shared in our renovation, decor, and design. But, I was concerned that a house of this size would never be cozy enough to feel like a home.
Turns out, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to make a space feel cozy. It doesn’t even matter if the space is tiny or massive. And, even though it may take time (there are still things on my list to do in the near future), there are many home decor ideas that can really help make things cozy.
Cozy Home Decor Ideas
1.) Warm lighting. Twinkle or string lights.
I have been using warm lighting and twinkle lights since I decorated my college dorm room. (Yes, all year round!) I was never a fan of bright white LED lighting. It makes me feel like I’m in an operating room. I’d rather have several smaller, warm lights in a room over one white and bright light.
After marrying Scott, it took him a while to get on board with all of our twinkle lights. (Thankfully, he installed clickers and timers, so we don’t need to spend much time turning on all of these lights.) So, when evening comes, with the click of a button (or an automatic turn-on button), The House on High Street becomes lit with twinkle lights. Sooooo cozy!!
I use orange and yellow twinkle lights in the Fall. White for the other seasons. I typically adorn twinkle lights on the kitchen stove-hood. The mantles (which we have in every room). I also keep candles in every window.
Here are some photos for ideas. The first photo is our kitchen at The House on High Street, during the FALL.
There are even modern versions of string lights that can make a space more cozy!
2.) Choose smart colors!
In my opinion, a cozy room is a room that is calm and peaceful. In an older, more traditional home, farmhouse, or log cabin with hard wood floors, you can get away with a lot of bolder colors. But, it’s actually the lighter colors that have a calming affect. Colors such as Blue, Pink, Grey, Green. And, of course White.
The House on High Street is a traditional, colonial home with hardwood floors. We painted the entire house (aside from a few rooms) a vanilla color to keep things brighter. But, our decor is a little bolder with colors like dark blue and red and yellow.
We are in the process of converting our master bedroom into a brighter, more calming space. Recently, we added a custom-made carpet (color Snow White) to add a calmer color to the room. I also changed the linens to white and grey. I’ll show photos when the room is finished. (We still have a few more thins to do.) But, here are some ideas on rooms with calming colors. Like grey, blue, and light green, as examples.
It somewhat depends on the style you have or are going with. But, use colors wisely.
3.) Florals, Plants, Foliage
I really feel that plants or trees (and flowers, of course) make any space more homey and cozy. If you have a green thumb and your room gets sufficient lighting, go for the real deal. But, if you’re like me, you may need to invest in artificial florals, plants, and/or foliage. Here are some photos of rooms with one or the other. Definitely makes things more cozy and homey!
4.) Personalized Items
I think every living space should have something personal. Whether it is your family name. Photos of family members. Or, just personal memorabilia. You can personalize just about anything, these days! The helps a living space legitimately feel like home.
5.) A bar cart or a tray adorned with treats.
We don’t have a bar cart, but a tray for our bed is on my wishlist. It doesn’t need to be adorned with fancy things. Use items that are practical and that you want at your fingertips when lounging (in bed or on your sofa). A book or magazines. A candle. Your reading glasses. Maybe some dried flowers. Here are some examples. (Some of these photos are also links to shop the items. Just click on them.)
6.) Pillows and Throw blankets
Perhaps a no-brainer. I like pillows that have mix and match shapes, patterns, fabrics, and textures. If you’re looking for a great way to make a room more cozy, consider throwing in some decorative pillows or blankets!
I absolutely love these chunky knit blankets (below) or a super soft Barefoot Dreams blanket! The better quality blankets (that feel super soft) are typically more pricey. But it can be worth the investment. It’s something you’ll have forever and spend a LOT of time with. So make sure you get something COZY!
7.) Candles and/or Lanterns
I know. Candles are another no-brainer, when it comes to making things cozy. But, I love a candle in an old fashioned or shabby chic lantern. It just adds an extra coziness quality. You can pick these up just about anywhere these days! (Target. World Market. Christmas Tree Shop. Pottery Barn, etc.) If you’re not into lanterns, there are other ways to display candles and make things more cozy. Be creative. Consider using what you already have.
Well, there you have it. Plenty of home decor ideas to help make a living space more cozy. I’m keeping a list of these ideas, myself. And, taking my time in adding them in, here and there. If you like some of these ideas, start with a list and go from there. Doesn’t need to happen overnight and it doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Have fun with it!