Home renovations have increased, especially in the last couple of years. The average home improvement budget in the United States increased by 20% to $18,000.
For many, the start of a new season means it’s time to spruce up your living space. After all, home is where you spend a lot of your time, so it only makes sense to make it as cozy and enjoyable as possible.
But if you’re not a professional interior design guru trying to figure out how to make a cozy space can be tricky. Where do you even start?
Thankfully, if you’re looking to up your home design game in 2023, we have a few tips that might be just what you’re looking for. Keep reading to learn how to create a warm and inviting living space!
1. Choose a Warm Color Palette
One of the first ways to cozy up your living room is to switch to a warmer color palette. You can achieve this by choosing paint in warm tones like yellows, oranges, and reds and giving some walls a facelift.
Remember, you don’t have to paint the entire room the same color to create a warm vibe. Even painting just a focal wall can make the space more inviting.
2. Utilizing Fabrics and Textures
You want to add texture to the room when creating a warm and cozy space. Do this by choosing furniture made from leather or a more natural material like linen.
Another way to add natural fabric materials to the room is by adding throw pillows or blankets to sofas. A thick rug on the floor is also a great way to add texture if you don’t already have carpets.
3. Adding Warm, Soft Lighting
An instant way you can make your room cozy without spending a fortune on renovations or new furniture is to change up the lighting. If your lighting is bright white, you can switch out your light bulbs for warm white ones. These bulbs will be at about 3,000 – 4,000 Kelvin.
This instantly gives the room a more inviting feel and doesn’t cost a fortune. Additionally, if your room only has a ceiling light, adding lamps to use at night will make the room much cozier to sit in.
4. Play on Your Senses
We’re taught in school that we have five senses (however, neuroscientists believe we have more). These five senses are sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. One of the most powerful senses is your sense of smell.
Smelling something can trigger a memory and invoke strong emotion, so use this to your advantage. Make your space cozier by adding a scent diffuser with a warm scent; for example, you can purchase these scent diffusers. Think a pine, oud, and leather and tobacco scent.
5. Incorporate Natural Elements
Certain natural elements bring warmth to your room. You don’t have to buy many things, and they don’t have to cost a lot. In fact, for more natural elements, you may be better off browsing a local flea market.
Adding cozy decor items like plants, rope, and wood accents to your room gives it more warmth. For instance, you can add some wooden accents: natural wooden photo frames, driftwood art, wooden furniture pieces, etc.
Make Your Space a Cozy Space
Making a cozy space in your home when the weather turns cold is a great way to feel better about winter if you prefer the hotter months. Make your home cozier by adding natural elements like wood accents and plants, adding a subtle scent to the room, changing your lighting, and giving the room a new coat of paint. Quick and easy changes that don’t have to cost a fortune.
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