Here's How to Turn Your Bedroom Into The (Upbeat!) Cozy Winter Refuge of Your Dreams

Here's How to Turn Your Bedroom Into The (Upbeat!) Cozy Winter Refuge of Your Dreams

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Nancy Mitchell
Dec 27, 2017
The coziest of cozy bedrooms, from Skona Hem.
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I don't know about you, but when the temperatures drop, all I want to do is stay in bed. If you're going to be spending a lot of time in your bedroom (let's face it, you probably are), why not make it a cozy, inviting place to be? Here are a few suggestions for cozifying your space that you'll also appreciate all year round.

A cozy, well-lit bedroom in a small Austin home.
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Add soft lighting

Nothing transforms a room quite like lighting. In the cold, drab days of winter, warm, low lighting can be particularly comforting. If you don't already have one, consider adding a lamp or two to give your bedroom some cozy atmosphere. (Lamps with bare bulbs are very popular right now, but one with a shade with cast a softer glow.)

A well-dressed bed in an interior from Desire to Inspire.
(Image credit: Desire to Inspire)

Layer textiles

Winter is a time to pile blankets on your bed for warmth, but layers of texiles can also have a nice look, too. Pairing together contrasting patterns and textures has an especially appealing effect.

A mix of textures makes for a cozy look in this apartment spotted on Reveny.
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Embrace texture

Rooms with a variety of textures have a particular appeal for the eye: they feel comforting and warm and inviting. You can get the look with textured materials like linen, faux fur throws, chunky knit blankets, or even rugs or wall hangings.

A well-dressed window in a bedroom spotted on Elle Decor España.
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Pay attention to window treatments

Window treatments are a design detail that often gets overlooked, but they can be so important to the look and feel of a room. If you have a window with just venetian blinds, or maybe a thin roller blind, consider adding drapes, or a more substantial shade — it will both insulate your space and make it look warmer and cozier, too.

A cozy chair in a home spotted on Coco Lapine Design.
(Image credit: Coco Lapine Design)

Add a comfy seating spot

When it's cold outside, having a spot to curl up with a good book and some tea is particularly nice. If you have the space, consider adding a comfy, curl-uppable chair to your bedroom.

Colorful art adds life and excitement to a cozy bedroom from House & Home.
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Add a bright, invigorating piece of art

Big, colorful art might not be the first thing you think of when you think 'cozy', but bringing in exciting, colorful pieces will go a long way towards making your bedroom a place you love to be.

Books lend a cozy feel to a bedroom from Domino.
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Bring in books

I might be a little biased, but in my opinion, nothing cozies up a room quite like books. Whether you stack them on a shelf of pile them on a nightstand, nothing else is quite so good at giving a room that 'stay a while' look.

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