8 Expert-Approved Ways to Make Your Home Feel Oh-So-Cozy This Winter

8 Expert-Approved Ways to Make Your Home Feel Oh-So-Cozy This Winter

Kelsey Mulvey
Dec 11, 2018
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It doesn't matter if you're a minimalist or maximalist, if you live in a tiny studio or sprawling mansion, everyone wants their house to feel cozy. What's the alternative? Stale, sterile, and boring? Um, no thank you.

While one of the secrets to a cozy home is creating a warm and welcoming environment for your guests, there are also several design tricks you can do to give your space an inviting, relaxing vibe. And as winter's right around the corner, there's no better time than the present to turn your place into a dreamy, oh-so-cozy oasis.

Here, eight designer-approved tips for cozying your home:

1. Totally Floored

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"We're always a big fan of having a generously sized rugs in every room of the house to set the tone for cozy and comfort. Also try layering rugs to maximize the warmth of a room." Jean Liu, interior designer

2. Au Naturale

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"A great way to incorporate coziness into any home is to employ a cool neutral color palette. This leads to a space that is both sophisticated yet welcoming for any homeowner or guest. By adding nature elements and soothing scented candles it creates a cozy and organic look and feel in your home." —Vanessa Alexander, interior designer at Alexander Design

3. Get Lit

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"Layering lighting is a great way to make a home instantly cozy. Adding a table lamp like 'The Rex' is perfect for getting just the right warm glow in the space." —Michael Amato, Creative Director of The Urban Electric Co.

4. Green With Envy

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"Real or fake—there are some great faux options out there, like Sprig—autumnal or winter blooms and stems with deep reds, purples, and blue tones can give a lovely heirloom feel to a tablescape, side table, or mantel. Try darker hued peonies, hydrangea, or autumn berries." Jess Cooney, interior designer

5. Texture Play

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"I would recommend a combination of cozy textures like velvet, boucle, and cashmere paired with wintry patterns, animal print, and strong bright colors backed by navy like our Melio." —Danielle Walish, interior designer and furniture designer for the Inside

"Warming up your table can be as easy as replacing your typical tablecloth with a woven table runner, placemats, or both—try a saturated jewel tone or a richly textured neutral. Napkins can also add a cozy touch. I prefer pure linen napkins, and I rarely iron them. It creates a softer look and is a visual reminder to everyone at the table that they're using a natural fiber. Napkin rings help to keep the relaxed look refined." —Sandy Chilewich, creative director and founder of Chilewich

6. Layer Up

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"The 'layered look' is taking claim and in my opinion, this is easiest to achieve with textiles. And, floor pillows! They allow another place to sit, rest, get cozy, and are both functional and stylish. 2019 is the year of the floor pillow." —Michele Dopp, founder of Fabric and Steel

7. Blanket Statement

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"To help these colder days feel cozier, I like to have a thick wool knit blanket (like this chunky version from Etsy) laying around at home to curl up into. I look forward to bringing it out every winter. It's like having a favorite pair of Christmas socks you wear only in the winter time. I would suggest getting a large wool knit blanket so the whole family can fit in it for story time or movie nights or for sitting and drinking hot chocolate in front of the fireplace or Christmas tree. Real wool is so warm, you won't need to turn up the heater too high!" —Stephanie Hauptli, principal designer at Hauptli Haus

8. Animal Instincts

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"We love adding sheepskin (like this faux version from Wayfair) to dining chairs to make them ready for colder weather. Draping a sheepskin throw can make a simple dining chair feel more luxurious and sophisticated and also adds a nice softness." —Caroline Grant and Dolores Suarez, founders of Dekar Design

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