How do we create spaces that are warm and inviting? First of all we must look at the attitudes we project to our family and friends. Beyond that there are many things that we can do to enhance that warm and cozy feeling in our homes. Here are my tips for creating a 'homey home':
1) Add layers This time of year its especially easy to do this. Add a throw to your couch or armchair, fold a quilt and put it at the end of a bed. Think beyond just putting a pillow in each corner of the couch, add a bunch! Think about your floors too, rugs help to warm things up both visually and underfoot. Add a runner to a table.
3) Add natural elements BASKETS! These really bring in that natural element. At our house we use them for shoes, to put a throw blanket in in the living room, to corral sticks of butter in the fridge, to store rolls of toilet paper, to throw our keys in when we come home, and so many other places! Floral arrangements, wicker balls, sticks, shells, or plants, these help to provide life to a room.
4) Use of color Color is a big way to add warmth to any space. Maybe your design style is very minimal and the thought of bringing in some of the above items doesn't work for you, but you still want warmth. Use color! Most any color has warm shades and cool shades, but when we think of warmth we think of creams, and spicy colors likes reds, oranges and browns. Use these colors all over or sparingly. I'm more of a green and blue person but I've added in browns and creams to add that warmth.
If you've done all of this and it still feels cold, turn up your thermostat! (This is for my friends Jeff and Katy ;) )
I hope that you are inspired by some of these ideas. If you have other thoughts on creating cozy spaces I would love for you to leave a comment!
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