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10 Ways to Make Any Room Feel Cozier

by Grace Bonney

Every winter I find myself wandering around our house, trying to add an extra blanket or candle to each room to make things feel warmer. Coziness is essential when temperatures start to dip, so I’ve been thinking about all the ways you can cozy-up a room without doing anything too major. It all comes down to soft fabrics, warmer lighting and scents and textures that make you feel comfy. So if you’re looking to make your home a little cozier this winter, click through to check out some of our go-to tricks and finds to warm up any space. xo, grace

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Add Texture: Texture doesn't only come in the form of blankets and throws. Walls are great places to add a little texture; plaster finishes and even exposed lathe can be an unconventional way to warm things up. (Photo from The Golden Carrot tour in Hoboken)
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Add Softer Table or Floor Lighting: Keeping lamps low and glowing during winter months helps any space feel warmer and cozier. Even if you can't change out your lighting, changing your lamps to a dimmer or just lowering them down a bit will help add a warm feeling. (Photo from Kris' home tour)
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Add Curtains and Bedskirts: Voluminous curtains and bedskirts make a space feel fuller and warmer in an instant. Soft, natural fabrics like linen and velvet are especially cozy. (Photo from Caitlin's home tour)
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Embrace Darker Colors: Deep paint colors and jewel tones are a powerful way to make a room feel inviting and toasty. (Photo from Gemma Ahern's home tour)
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Add Wood Accents: Whether you create an accent wall or just work in some additional wooden pieces, the warmth of natural wood is a great way to make a space feel warm and glowy. (Photo from Lindsey's home tour)
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Add Candles: Even the smallest votive will give a room an instant glow. Placing them in front of a mirror amplifies the mood, too. Whether you add them in your bathroom, bedroom, living room or kitchen (or every room!), be sure to keep them in safe spaces away from flammable materials. (Photo from Anna's home tour)
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Throw in a Throw: Throws and blankets are quick and easy go-tos for adding warmth -- and for good reason. They're perfect for adding visual warmth and are simple to carry around from room to room when you need actual warmth. (Photo from Carol's home tour)
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Rug Up! Whether you layer flat rugs or bring in something more textured like a Moroccan or shag rug, adding texture and warmth to the floor will help you (and your feet) feel toasty. (Photo from Ali's home tour)
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Make Upholstery Your Friend: From tufted headboards to cozy upholstered benches, fabric is an affordable way to up the cozy factor -- and add some color and pattern. (Photo from Ali's home tour)
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Layer Pillows: Last but not least, when you need some extra cozy in your life, add a few more pillows. Couches and beds feel more inviting and cushy when they have some extra fluff. Bonus points if you can find pillows with great soft textures like cable knit or faux-fur. (Photo from Bonnee's home)

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  • So true, I do the same thing. I add more pillows to the couch, blankets, lots of candles and string lights and I make a fire in the wood stove. Keep warm! Thanks for your always inspiring blog, so worth reading!! Susanne

    • Also, you can add the invisible blanket of an inviting aroma… like baked apple pie to your space for additional coziness.

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