We’ve put together a list of ways to make your home extra cozy and comfortable during the cold season. Here are all sorts of ideas to create a more warm and welcoming home during even the nastiest winter storms. Let it snow!
Get yourself a comfy chair
A large, comfy chair to land in at the end of the day is the ultimate refuge from the cold world. “Choose one with a high back and an inherent sense of softness about the upholstery for visual warmth and comfortable seating,” Rascoe recommends. Create the full “chair ensemble” with a standing lamp and end table and set the grouping in an intimate corner.
Cozy Color Schemes for Every Room
1. Charcoal Gray + Teal Blue
Dark colors tap into the intimate side of cozy. These rich hues play out well in a formaldining room, where you want to create a space for guests to linger. Charcoal gray walls, teal blue velvet chair seats, and rich cherry wood furniture create an elegant and welcoming dining room, perfect for dinner parties. Tan carpet softens the richness, as do bright blue vases and bone-white lamps. Include several lighting sources in a dining room with a dark color scheme so you can set the mood, no matter what the occasion or time of day.
2. Mustard Yellow + Pearl White
Since it is usually the place where guests enter your home, a foyer or entryway is the perfect place to play up a cozy color schemethat says “welcome.” It is also a good place to include a bold color or wallpaper pattern. Since it’s not a room you spend a lot of time in, you won’t tire of the color or pattern quickly. In this formal foyer, classic white trim and woodwork combined with cheery wallpaper set a friendly tone. An upholstered bench in mustard yellow and a blue accent pillow match the wallpaper’s pattern.
3. Scarlet + Saffron
Use colors inspired by the fall season to convey a cozy look. In this living room, a striped rug serves as the basis for an autumnal color scheme. A saffron sofa is comfortable, yet striking, as are the scarlet armchair and ottoman. Repeating a bold color, as done on the chair and ottoman, will help ease the color into the room.
4. Chocolate + Rose
The romantic atmosphere of this living roomgets its personality from pink accents and playful pattern mixing. The room is anchored by warm brown walls trimmed in pale pink, a foundation that helps balance the vibrantcolors and patterns. The turquoise rug is an invigorating color that complements the dusty pink sofa and green-and-white chair. The muted shade of aqua in the rug combined with its floral pattern helps create the room’s romantic and slightly glamorous look.
5. Salmon + Rose
The warm color palette in this enchanting bedroom begins with the walls. Paint in a deep, dusty taupe with whispers of rose creates a feeling of intimacy, while salmon-color silk taffeta draperies define the window and add sheen. A floral duvet on the bed blushes in shades of pink that are echoed in the painted lampshade.
Candles are a gentle and intimate way to warm up a space. Easy to implement in any room from the living room to the bathroom they provide a charming warm glow without the need of a fireplace!
Magic by the Fire
Whether real, or fake, a fireplace can act as a visual enhancement or a source of heat to warm up a room. Its glow fills the room, but the setting of the fireplace is equally important. Consider a natural stone fireplace or a sleek modern design, both can be visually pleasing depending on the style of your home and the intentions of your decor and design.
Cover your floors
Nothing warms up a bare floor quicker than an area rug. Don’t underestimate the visual warmth it provides as well, especially in sunburst tones. Also, the pile in some Indian and Pakistani rugs made using vegetable dyes gives you the option of making them look even “warmer.” From one angle, Rascoe explains, the colors look muted and soft, from another, they appear deeper and brighter. Choose the brighter angle for added winter warmth.
Embrace the season
Holiday-theme floral accents are obvious brighteners but needn’t scream Christmas. A Christmassy effect can be achieved by simply adding gold balls to an arrangement of non-holiday blooms and branches, suggests Bastianon. You can also lightly spray small branches and seedpods with a dusting of gold – a nice look even after the tree’s down.