Tips to Make Every Room Warm & Welcoming This Fall
Use these simple ideas to cozy-up every room of your home — no matter your budget, style preference or the area needing a refresh.
Entryway: Wood Furnishings
Welcome your guests with cozy comfort by giving your entry a dose of warm wood accents. From small pieces of wooden furniture that showcase seasonal decor, to rustic bowls, rich wooden frames and other nature-inspired accessories, wood has a way of making a home feel more inviting.
Entryway: Enormous Mirror
An oversized mirror can help compact spaces feel bigger and dim areas seem brighter. Consider complementing your mirror with a colorful rug or a fun blanket draped on a wicker basket for added texture.
Living Room: Fireplace Screen
When trying to cozy-up a room, the key is to find colors and furnishings that make you happy. For example, in a living room with a fireplace, consider using the fire itself as inspiration for the room’s palette and decorative choices. Go with soothing earthy shades, like gold, bronze and cinnamon, and be sure to incorporate a chic fireplace screen that exudes warmth and sophistication.
Living Room: Greenery
Greenery is essential to creating a welcoming atmosphere, and it’s even better when your furnishings echo their rich hues. Simply incorporate your favorite houseplants to make rooms feel more homey. Then, if you feel the need, go one step further by bringing in furnishings with matching colors or motifs. Textured fabrics provide another layer of coziness.
Home Office: Mini Library
To make your home office a bit more comfy, how about designating a wall or corner for floor-to-ceiling bookshelves? After all, a mini library is peak coziness. Gather together all your cherished volumes and let their varied colors and textures work together to create an environment you won’t want to leave — especially when a lush leather chair or sofa is involved. Add other small accessories to the shelves as needed, such as a special framed photo or interesting travel mementos.
Home Office: Gallery Wall
Bringing personal touches, like a gallery wall, into a room will instantly make that space feel more interesting and familiar. A home office is one place where this is especially true, as the room is usually centered on functionality and home to things like printers and other utilitarian furnishings. One effective idea is to gather artwork involving members of your household, whether in the form of children’s art or family photos. To keep a clean look, use matching frames, however don’t be afraid to get bold by mixing things up.
Kitchen: Warm-Colored Cabinets
A fresh coat of paint on kitchen cabinets is a quick and easy way to give them new life, but it’s also a way to inject warm-toned hues that bring a sense of coziness to the space. Especially effective? Dark yellow shades.
Kitchen: Cozy Rug
Adding a rug is probably the simplest tip of them all, yet yields huge returns when it comes to warming up a room. All you have to do is find a plush rug complementary to the aesthetic of your kitchen and roll it out. Layering rugs is another technique that boosts comfort and interest.
Dining Room: Fuzzy Throws
Soft and fuzzy throw blankets help make your guests feel right at home — even in the dining room. They look good draped over benches and chairs, and can be used to take the chill off when temps start plunging. Pair the throws with tapered candles to set a moody atmosphere. Warm-colored paint on the walls and wood toned accents are other additions that heighten the coziness factor.
Dining Room: Textured Chairs
If your dining space has a more modern style, consider adding sleek furnishings with texture to boost warmth. For example, chairs upholstered in rich fabrics like velvet bring physical comfort as well as visual comfort.
Bedroom: Cuddly Pillows
When it comes to creating a cozy bed, soft pillows that encourage cuddling are ideal. Velvet, faux fur and linen are all great options. Choose soothing colors that complement the room’s palette. Textured elements are a great way to help prevent a room from feeling too cold and clinical.
Bedroom: Striking Accent Wall
Wall color can be strategically used to envelope you in warmth. For instance, consider incorporating a bold, moody shade as an accent wall in your bedroom. Make sure it’s a color you love — navy blue, deep gray or hunter green all make solid picks. Personalize the wall with framed art for extra character.
Bathroom: Rich Color
Grays and whites in the bathroom tend to have a chilling effect, so why not inject some vibrant color to bring the temperature up? Try giving your vanity a coat of paint in a bold hue, such as a rich, in-your-face green. This color is an easy way to bring outside elements in, which adds fresh and relaxing energy.
Bathroom: Natural Textures
While it may sound counterintuitive, a light and airy room can be cozy too! You just have to incorporate natural materials into the design. One way to do this is to use textures as patterns, such as caning, bamboo and rattan. You can easily find furniture, frames and other accents featuring these materials.