It may be a surprise to some of you, but I have a serious love affair for all things home! I LOVE decorating, and even moonlight as a real estate broker for family and friends. A secret dream of mine is to own a home decor biz (I dream a lot, remember.) I’ve discovered easy ways to make your home cozy, and I wanted to post about it here because our homes truly effect many elements of our lives, including our mental health.
Homes are our safe place to come to on this earth. And as an introvert, I’m so thankful for the roof Christ has given me to live under, and it’s a privilege for me to make it a safe haven for my family.
Picking out decor is so much fun! And through the different seasons of fixing up our older home, being newly married, and now as a growing family >>> our home has had many iterations.
How to Make Your Home Cozy
1 – Organization is KEY! No matter how much or how little space you have, organizing your home contributes a tremendous amount to the environment of your home. We all have the inevitable “junk drawer”, that’s cool, but for the most part > closets, drawers, cabinets, attics, and other overflow areas should be kept in some sort of order. If you don’t have space for something > do you really need it or is it time to get rid of something else? When you have those areas sorted, you can clean mush faster and have no problems getting what you need when you need it. Trust me, this will make your home more cozy, instead of overcrowded and unorganized.
2 – Pick furniture/wall paint that’s neutral in color, and use punch colors as accents with items like pillows or decor. Having loud colors on the walls is not actually calming and creates a more chaotic feeling. Neutral tones are settling, while creating an inviting ambiance. Don’t get me wrong, I love a funky piece or beautiful patterned wallpaper, but not overdoing it is KEY to a cozy, welcoming home.
3 – Create conversation areas. I love to have furniture placed in ways that invite conversation. Think about a hotel lobby, some of the prettiest seating areas I’ve seen have been in beautiful lobbies. I love to have my favorite books on a side table, warm lighting, and comfy chairs positioned towards each other to encourage interaction. I’m always thinking about how people will feel when they come over, and try to envision how they’d decide where to sit. Overhead lighting can be super overwhelming and harsh, so I much prefer the use of table top lamps with the warm bulb lighting. Open blinds and doors for natural lighting to brighten any space.
4 – Display your favorite family pics, and put the rest away. Use a mix of artwork and pictures to adorn walls and table tops. I have a gallery wall in a main hallway of the house, and the rest of the walls have favorite pieces of artwork. Pictures can be distracting because you aren’t always thinking of how the picture you’re taking will look hanging up against all the surroundings in your home. I love having people look at my artwork and ask about them + I enjoy having wall decor that compliments the “theme” or decor in the house.
My favorite way to display family pics is in black & white when using them on the walls. Here is a link to my favorite product. For the gallery walls, I love to use similar frames with white mattes. This helps the pictures stand out and create a cohesive look. For overflow pics, I have photo albums tucked into bookshelves or sitting on side tables.
5 – Use a mix of textures in a single room, while keeping it simple. Think french country (the pinnacle of cozy, IMO), often there will be wood, brick, leather, fabric, etc. mixed together in a single space. It’s something about the mix, that’s stimulating, yet relaxing. Instead of it being sterile or over the top, the mix in textures, kept in a neutral palette is very warming a.k.a. COZY!
Don’t confuse needing to mix with needing more. In fact, less is best. Mainly this is in reference to the amount of furniture and knick-knacks that fill up the space. The aim is quality vs quantity.
Having a few great pieces far outweigh the over stimulation and crowded feeling places begin to take on when too much is crammed in a single space. Basically, only keep the items that you absolutely love. This one is hard for me if I’m being honest. I have a difficult time saying no to something I like, eeek! But, with a growing family, I’ve realized just how much we really don’t need, and how much better it feels to have a space that’s uncluttered. You can truly live better and enjoy your home more. Trust me!
Your Home Should Feel Like Home
These tips I’ve learned have helped me cultivate a home that I love to come home to and makes me smile when enjoying time there on lazy days with my little unit, or celebrating big with family and friends.
Ultimately, your home should bring you a sense of comfort and peace. The best way to accomplish this to have your favorite items out on display, keep the clutter to an absolute minimum, and have elements that invite conversation.
Other elements to add comfort are indoor plants and diffusers (no candles, they are super bad for your health >> yes, that includes organic ones).
A warm place to rest is a gift that gives you and your family a slice of reprieve in this chaotic world. Take the time to cultivate joy in your home and how it functions. In other words, make your home cozy!
I honestly could go on and on with tips, tricks, and advice, but this post should end at some point. If you found this helpful, pop it in the comments below, and if you’d like me to do more on this topic, let me know that too!
Here are just a few spaces I could snap pictures of before we left for vacay 😉