No matter how big your home is, introducing a few changes every once in a while is always helpful. These should make your living space more comfortable and welcoming, which is why so many people don’t mind spending a few dollars in order to feel extra cosy.
Of course, you don’t have to break the bank, and even the smallest and most affordable of changes can go a long way. So, if you too wish to pump up the cosiness at your place but aren’t sure how here are five tips that might do the trick.
Some people feel best when surrounded by dark colours, while others enjoy eclectic combinations of purple, green and blue. But, no matter how enjoyable they are, they aren’t the cosiest colours in the world, are they? So, if you wish to create a more soothing atmosphere in your place, you’d better find some alternatives. Rustic green, subtle grey, warm amber and calming beige are among the most calming wall colours in the world, and you should really consider these when picking the colours for your home interior.
The best part of repainting your home is that you can do it on your own – just invite a couple of friends over, get enough paint and plenty of food, and you’ll be done in a couple of hours.
Natural Light and Fresh Air
There’s nothing cosier than being surrounded by natural light and fresh air, but what can you do if the weather’s bad and you can’t spend your time outside? Well, the obvious solution is to let the fresh air and natural light in, and making your home airy and illuminated is easier than you think. In addition to that, it’s going to create a cosy atmosphere all your guests are going to love, so try doing that right away.
First, keep your windows open all day long – open them as soon as you get up and leave them that way for as long as you can. This way, air and sunshine will penetrate your interior space and make it more enjoyable. If your windows are small, though, think about installing new ones. Double-glazed windows are probably the best choice on the market right now since they’ll also insulate your home and help you regulate indoor temperature all year long.
This is an idea not everyone is familiar with, but it’s still one of the best ways to raise the level of cosiness in your home and boost its overall value at the same time. Wooden-panelled rooms were widely popular about fifty years ago and you could see them in every respectable house, but they’re making a huge comeback now and are here to stay!
Installing wooden cladding on the walls is actually much easier than you think, so you can either tackle this project on your own if you have the skills or hire a professional if you want to be sure everything is done properly. These panels are easy to clean, maintain and repaint, which means you can change the looks of your rooms as often as you want.
You can’t have a cosy home without cosy furniture, can you? Therefore, find a way to fit some comfortable sofas, chairs and sectionals into every corner of your home, and do this as soon as possible. You can also squeeze a couple of bean bags into the picture as well, and really make the most of your space.
Once you pick the perfect furniture, it’s time to take the extra step by getting some cosy pillows and blankets. Get ones that match the colours of your walls or coordinate them with your rugs, but stay in the same colour scheme. Scattering pillows and blankets all over your furniture are the best way to make it cosier than ever, and you’ll surely feel the comfort while relaxing on it after a long day at the office.
Add a Fireplace
No matter what interior style you prefer, you have to admit that a fireplace is the epitome of cosiness and something that will take your comfort to a whole new level. You can build it on your own, get some help from an expert, or simply purchase an electric fireplace you can position anywhere you like.
Once you do that, it’s time to decorate the fireplace – add lots of family pictures, childhood memorabilia, travel souvenirs and other interesting things you have a special connection to. These will turn your fireplace into the focal point of the entire home and a feature all your guests are going to love.
As you can see, making your home feel cosy is neither hard nor too expensive, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t explore some of these options and implement them into your living space as well.
About the author: Kevin has gone through an extensive home renovation with his son, which he has both thoroughly enjoyed, and dreaded every morning. He is now the proud owner of half his dream house (the other half has been waiting for spring). You can read more of Kevin's work at PlainHelp