Your home is a billboard for your personal style. Whether modern, traditional, vintage or a mash-up of all three, the way you choose to style your space speaks volumes. In the same way that a few well chosen accessories can make an outfit, when decorating your home to tell your story, adding inviting flourishes throughout the space is key. With that in mind, here are five ways you can make your home more cozy and inviting.
Enhance your fireplace
When people think cozy, a fireplace usually comes to mind. But it's about so much more than just the fireplace itself. How you detail your fireplace is what really makes all of the difference. Find a mantel that has a rich texture to give the space even more warmth, then top it with items of various textures in a range of heights to create a balanced vignette. Framed family photos, a good faux houseplant and pillar candles are all easy ways to accomplish this look.
Incorporate low lighting options
Low, warm lighting is soothing and invites you to cozy up and stay a while. To achieve this, add a few lamps throughout the space outfitted with bulbs that give off a warm yellow light, instead of ones with harsh white light. Add a dimmer control for overhead lighting as well to create custom lighting scenes.
Layer window coverings
Wood blinds and blackout shades are more effective at controlling the light in a room, but don't stop there. Add full-length curtain panels over blinds or shades to soften the overall look of your windows. This addition of a contrasting texture can give the space more depth and visual interest.
Create inviting seating areas
You can't get cozy without having a place to sit and relax, so pay special attention to the seating areas in your living space. The key is to bring in a variety of soft textures, so start with the floor and place a plush rug underfoot to differentiate the space. Top the chairs and couch with a few throw pillows in a range of textiles and varying sizes. Three to five pillows is generally a good number, depending on the size of your space. Beware of adding too many pillows, which can be visually overwhelming and can actually make the seating look less inviting. Finish the look with a plush woven blanket with some fringe detailing.
Let your personal experiences shine through
Sprinkle unique, personal items throughout the space that tell a story of your own journey and experiences. It can be a trinket from a trip, a woven basket from your favorite flea market or even a book of matches from the restaurant where you and your husband had your first date. The key is that the items trigger a memory or a story. A home that illustrates your rich personal journey is the epitome of warmth.
Creating a carefully curated home takes time. Don't try to rush the process; hasty design decisions nearly always show through, leaving the space lacking in personality, like a generic model home. By taking your time to select the right fireplace detailing, window treatments, lighting, pillows, blankets and personal mementos, you can create a space that is cozy and inviting.