9 Tips for a comfortable home

Make a house your home. This Ikea advertising slogan is making the right point. Anyone can live anywhere, but having a home where you just feel comfortable is something special. That’s why I’ve put together some tips and tricks for making your home so cozy that you’ll never want to leave it again.

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1. Get a fireplace

If you don’t have a fireplace yet, it’s really about time that you do. I know, fireplaces are expensive, take a lot of effort, and you probably don’t even have room for one. You’re right!

So if you can’t get a fireplace, build or buy a fireplace mantel and decorate it with electric candles. It is way cheaper and really creates the entire atmosphere you’re looking for. You can hang pictures over it, decorate the stockings at Christmas and the rest of the fireplace with lights and a few plants. Tadaa, do you already feel how cozy it suddenly becomes?

2. Hang your curtains right

Curtains are crucial to creating a homey atmosphere. Windows usually look pretty bare. In dressing them up with fabric, the straight lines of windows soften and it becomes cozy.

QUICK TIP: If your ceilings are pretty low, it helps to let the curtains hang from the very top to the floor. This will visually raise the ceiling. If your room is rather narrow, it will make your windows appear larger and wider if you hang the curtains twice as wide as the windows are.

In my home, I have high ceilings and yet my curtains hang the entire height. This gives my living room and bedroom a classically elegant look. 

3. Rugs make it cozy

There is nothing better than taking off your shoes after a long day and dipping your feet into a soft carpet. The same is just as true in the morning, by the way. Get up on the right foot every day by stepping on a soft runner next to your bed instead of the cold wooden floor. If you don’t own a rug yet, it’s definitely time for it. In addition to short and long hair rugs, there are many other options like faux sheepskins and knitted foot runners.

QUICK TIP: Instead of placing a small rug in the middle of your sofa table, get a rug that is slightly larger than your sitting area. This will visually connect the individual elements and create a harmonious overall look.

4. Plants, throws and pillows

Load it up! You simply can not have enough decorative pillows and blankets. Especially with textures it can be great to play with.  To make it simple, pick two neutral tones and a splash of color and use them to design your space. This will make it friendly, inviting and most importantly, cozy. On the otherhand, if youre going for the whole Boho look, a mash of colors might just hit the spot.

Plants bring life to your home and spread a pleasant atmosphere. However, you will want to think about which plant belongs in which room, because they depend on different light and temperature conditions. I have written a separate blog post about this HERE.

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5. Candles and twinkle lights

Make it cozy by hanging a string of lights over your bed, draping another one around your coffee table, and have a light tucked away in a decorative vase. Also, scatter a few scented candles with soothing fragrances like vanilla or lavender to create a cozy ambiance. Place them strategically in different rooms – on coffee tables, shelves, or by the bathtub. Go for various sizes and shapes to add visual interest and create intimate nooks with clusters of candles, letting their soft glow illuminate corners.

Turn off your ceiling lamp and enjoy the warm lights. The flickering glow of candles and twinkling fairy lights are probably the easiest and quickest way to make your home cozy.

6. Soft colors

The colors in a room are a very crucial and extensive topic. You don’t want a boring room where everything is tone in tone, but you also don’t want it to be too busy and therefore uncomfortable.

QUICK TIP: Use colors like an appetizer. Distribute small elements, for example in different shades of turquoise, but do not turn the room into a complete turquoise colored room. You can also just do a beautiful accent wall instead of painting the entire room in one color. Give the viewer’s eye enough reason to explore the space without overwhelming them in the long run. Balance is the key to success.

7. Make it smell amazing

So at this point, your home is now warm, soft and inviting. To sink into complete coziness, however, you should consider all of your senses. You yourself get used to the smell of your own home very quickly. Your friends, however, will automatically identify you based on the smel of your homel. So you really want your home to smell  pleasant. In this case, its a matter of less is more. Very heavy scents can feel almost suffocating, so I recommend a light and refreshing scent that is pleasantly diffused throughout the room. Here’s a little Guide for you to make your home smell amazing completely natural.

8. Turn on some soft tunes

Make your home extra comfy by adding a touch of music magic. Create playlists with your favorite tunes for different vibes – calming melodies for relaxation, and upbeat songs for energy. Get cozy blankets and pillows to make special music nooks. Invest in some good speakers for clear sounds. Pick tunes that match your mood or activities, like cooking or reading. Try soft instrumentals during meals or acoustic tunes for a calm feel. Let the music wrap your home in warmth, turning it into a snug retreat filled with happy beats and good vibes. It’s an easy way to make your space feel like a hug!

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9. Get personal

Your home isn’t yours until you put your own personality into it. Pictures and photos are especially great for that personal touch. You can play with different images in frames and top it off with a pretty quote. Show off your favorite books or hobbies on shelves – it’s like sharing your story with your space. Surround yourself with things that make you feel good, whether it’s a special mug or a soft stuffed animal. Scatter vacation souvenirs and special items that have accumulated in your life around the room and fill it with great memories. Welcome Home!

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