No matter your design style, our homes should generally evoke feelings of contentment and relaxation. Even if you’re into modern or industrial designs, the spaces that we inhabit day in and day out should be functional and satisfying. We’ve been in the winter season now for several months and most of us have lots of throws and blankets to add warmth to our rooms. Today let’s look at ways to add coziness to our homes for all seasons while staying budget-friendly.
I. Add Warmth With Lighting
There is perhaps nothing more important than good lighting to create a cozy atmosphere. Start by assessing your lighting situation. How many lighting fixtures are in the room? What is the design of each light? Do you like it? Are the bulbs used warm or cool? Avoid harsh light from a single big overhead fixture. Add task lighting and ambiance lighting with clusters of lights through ceiling, floor, and table lamps with the addition of candles.
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II. Add Plants & Flowers
Any living element in the home will help contribute to the cozy sensation. Houseplants are back big this year. Even if you have a brown thumb or your house is dark, get a few hardy shade lovers that thrive despite neglect. For ideas, see Houseplants for the Classroom & Homes with Children . Even the minimalist bedroom below is cozy with green plants.
III. Keep Your Curtains or Blinds Closed
I’m a big fan of lots of light, and you’re probably wondering why I suggest closing your curtains. Depending on the time of year, closed blinds and curtains can help maintain the temperature of your rooms. During the summer months, if the heat outside is unbearable and your air conditioner can’t keep up, keep the blinds and curtains closed. Sunlight can heat up the room quickly.
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During extreme conditions like a heat wave or an arctic freeze, one of the easiest and most convenient ways to maintain your house’s temperature is by keeping your curtains, blinds, drapes or other types of window coverings closed. Last summer we had an unbelievable span of a week of temperatures in the 100’s and the a/c’s in homes could not keep up. Even my central air could not get my home’s temperature below 80 degrees F in the middle of the day and it was set on 74 degrees. I closed all the blinds and curtains and did not open them for a week. I hated it but it did help with the problem.
During the winter, drapes and curtains add another layer to help insulate the windows. Freezing windows can lower the temperature of a room. I have northern friends who change out their drapes in the winter for just this reason.
IV. Hire a Professional HVAC Consultant
A home’s temperature has to be comfortable. Air filters play an essential role in ensuring that the air around your home is clean and free from dust. That is why it is crucial to replace them at least six times annually. If there is a high level of dust, pollen, or other forms of pollution around your home, or it is heavily dependent on the HVAC system, consider replacing the filters every month. If you have allergies like me, buy the more expensive HEPA filters for high filtration of the air.
Having a good furnace or air conditioner can make your home cozy and comfortable. Sometimes your cooling or heating systems can simply wear out. If this is the case in your home, do not hesitate to call a professional HVAC consultant for advice and help. Although you can keep your HVAC systems in top shape by maintaining them regularly, they require professional care once in a while.
A professional can help you upgrade your heating systems through furnace installation and suggest the best cooling system for your home. Last week I had my central air conditioning replaced. Living in Florida, I really don’t need a furnace. The a/c also has an electric heater for our short cold spells. Keith, my a/c guy, helped me get the best one for my needs.
Every home has clutter. A home that feels spacious and minimal makes for a more comfortable, less stressful environment. Periodically remove the accumulated stuff and discard the unnecessary elements. Take time to declutter your home. You should aim to declutter regularly to help keep your living spaces clear and your drawers and closets organized. Now you can relax and live in your cozy, uncluttered space.
VI. Layer Rugs
Whether your rooms are covered in carpet or hardwood, rugs are a great way to add color, texture and of course, warmth underfoot. Try layering rugs in different shapes and patterns for an extra-comfy look.
VII. Invest in Scents
There are a lot of different ways to scent your home, all you need to do is pick which way is your favorite, and obviously pick a scent you love. Try wax melts, scented candles, incense, DIY stovetop potpourri, fresh fragrant flowers … whatever makes your nose happy! Some scents are potent triggers of memories, while others can help to put you at ease. Scents such as watermelon and coconut can help you reminisce about the beach, while rosemary and lavender help relieve stress. Incorporating scents to your house will help to make it more inviting and comfortable.
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VIII. Add Lots of Pillows
What’s more cozy than a huge pile of fluffy pillows? Mix and match and never be afraid to add too many. The more the better when it comes to creating a super-comfy look.
Your home should be a cozy sanctuary where you can relax and unwind at the end of the day despite the season. Applying these tips will help your house to remain comfortable all year round.
This is a collaborative post, but all opinions are my own.
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