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

Nancy Mitchell
Dec 27, 2017
The coziest of cozy bedrooms, from Skona Hem.
(Image credit: Skona Hem)

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.
(Image credit: Elle Decor Espana)

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.
(Image credit: Domino)

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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