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There’s nothing better than coming home to – or staying in – a wonderfully cozy home. A high level of coziness can cheer a bad mood, it can destress you, and it generally makes your house or apartment into a real home. When you have this, you know you will always have somewhere to go when you need a break from the outside world; you will have a sanctuary.
Sometimes, however, turning your home into something cozier can be difficult if you don’t know where to start. Rather than beginning a project and then having to start again because you have gone down the wrong path or changed your mind, it’s good to have a plan in place right from the start. Read on to find out more.
The best colors to use if you want to make your home cozier are warm tones like cream, beige, light brown, and varying shades of white. Stark white walls are definitely not cozy, and it’s best to opt for darker colors rather than bright ones. Of course, you don’t want to make the room too dark, as this could feel uncomfortable, so you will need to find a balance.
One way to do this is to have one feature wall that is painted a much darker color than the rest (although using the same overall tones). Another idea is to have darker accessories such as rugs, cushions, and drapes so they don’t overwhelm the room but give off a cozy feeling nonetheless.
The Right Temperature
It will make no difference how beautiful your home looks, if your furnace isn’t heating properly and you’re unable to keep your rooms at the right temperature you just aren’t going to be cozy at all. Much of the time, you won’t have to buy a new furnace or spend a great deal of money on the one you have. Instead, you should have it regularly maintained by a company that specializes in furnace repair and installation.
Regular services and checks on your furnace mean you can set it to the correct temperature to make your home just right. It won’t be too hot or too cold, and you can settle down in your cozy room with a hot drink and a good book or a great movie in peace. Plus, you’ll be saving money on your energy bills when the furnace in your home is well looked after.
Textures can make a big difference when you want things to be cozy. By adding different textures through the use of your cushions, rugs, art, even your own furniture, you can make the room much more interesting to be in, and cozier too.
This is especially true if you incorporate organic materials, particularly warm wood. This adds a rustic, comfortable feeling to any room and is definitely something that will make it cozier for you.
Blend Old and New
New furniture is much cheaper to buy than vintage or antique items, so it makes sense that many people use it in their homes. The only problem with new furniture is that the idea behind much of it is uniformity and functionality rather than being something that is truly lovely to look at. If you can, try to blend old and new furniture in your home. Not only will this mean you get to have some pieces that you really do love as well as those that will do their job well, but by having this mix you can add a lot of charm to any room, and this will always make it cozy.