Eight Tips for Adding Warmth and Coziness to Your Home
With Thanksgiving behind us and a fresh blanket of snow on the ground here in the Pioneer Valley, it feels like time to settle in by the fire, curl up with a good book, pour a cup of tea and luxuriate in the coziness of home. The Danish call this feeling of coziness hygge (pronounced "hue-gah"), which the Oxford Dictionary defines as “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.”
There are parts of our homes that tend to spark feelings of coziness naturally; A breakfast nook with the morning sun slanting in, a comfy couch with a blanket draped over the back, or any spot near a fireplace. If your home contains these things, congratulations—hygge slam dunk! But if not, never fear. There are plenty of other ways to infuse your house with a feeling of warmth and comfort this winter.
Boost your home’s coziness factor by adding any of these elements:
- Rugs. Not only are they kind to your feet on chilly winter mornings, rugs can really soften the vibe of a room and create defined and inviting areas within a larger space.
- Blankets and throws. They’re great for warmth, of course, but also for adding a touch of softness to more modern, angular furniture.
- Pillows. Well…what’s cozier than a pillow?
- Plants, flowers, or fruit. Anything organic, really—even a piece of beautiful driftwood—will bring softness and a sense of comfort to a room.
- Texture. Whether achieved through fabrics, prints, or objects with different surfaces, texture can make a space feel more inviting.
- Books. Stacks of them. Preferably somewhere near an overstuffed chair and a reading lamp.
- Soft, warm light. So break out those candles, fairy lights, or Edison bulbs for an instant feeling of warmth and comfort.
- Good smells. Whether its from bread baking in the oven or a woodsy-scented candle, the right smell will trigger a sense of “home” like nothing else.