How Do I Make My House Feel Cozy For Winter?

The weather is cooling down, the coats are coming out of storage, and we suddenly have an overwhelming craving for comfort food. But, of course, it can all mean only one thing— winter is well and truly here. So, while we’ve already spent plenty of time indoors lately (understatement, much?), it’s time to batten down the hatches once again and go into partial hibernation. And to be perfectly honest with you, we’re not complaining! After all, there’s nothing quite as soothing as curling up on the couch with a hot choccy in winter.

That said, embracing the colder weather is a lot easier when your humble abode feels cosy and inviting. So, how can your channel those Hygge vibes (the Danish lifestyle trend all about cosiness) and turn your home into a blissful winter haven? 

The cooler months can be a physical and emotional challenge for everyone – commuting in freezing weather, compromised immunity and remembering to carry an umbrella everywhere leaves most people feeling a little low during chilly seasons.

How To Make Your Home Cosy For Winter?

Work With Warm Colours

As much as we love a monochrome, minimalist colour palette, it doesn’t exactly scream ‘cosy.’ So, if your home feels a little on the light side, it might be time to add some warmer colours into the mix. 

Warm colours range from yellow and red and everything in between — including mixed, earthy tones like browns. Some warm, on-trend colours for your home include mustard, burgundy and autumnal oranges. These shades add depth and richness to your home and instantly make it feel more inviting.

The good news is, you don’t necessarily have to repaint your entire home to give it a winter makeover (unless you’re in the mood for a DIY project — in which case, you do you!) Even just adding some pops of warmer colours with accessories like pillows, rugs, and vases can work wonders for your space.

FAQs About Making My House Feel Cozy For Winter

  • Simple changes you can make to keep the warmth in and the cold out.
  • Insulate floors, walls and ceilings.
  • Ensure warm air can circulate.
  • Cover hard floors with rugs.
  • Use curtains, blinds and shutters.
  • Track down and seal drafts.
  • Switch ceiling fans to reverse.
  • Pile on the cozy throw blankets.
  • Change up your toss pillows.
  • Candles, candles, and more candles.
  • Add home decor pieces that make you smile.
  • Decorate your mantle.
  • Add or change your curtains.
  • Decorate with plants.
  • Accessorize with books and board games.
  • Add Touches of Wood.
  • Create Ambiance with Lighting.
  • Choose a Dramatic Bed.
  • Go for Calming Colors and Natural Materials.
  • Add Area Rugs.
  • Cover the Windows.
  • Shut Out Tech.
  • Remember That Minimal Doesn’t Mean Boring.

A house that feels homey has a certain vibration in the air, one that makes you feel calm as soon as you enter it. It feels lived in, loved, warm, and accessible. Homes feel homey when they are filled with things that you love, with the people that you love, in the ways that make the most sense for your life.

Australian houses are mainly designed to keep us cool in summer rather than warm in winter, so they are often hard (or costly) to heat. Thus the quality of housing that people can access is critical in shaping their exposure to or protection from cold conditions.

Other inexpensive steps which can be taken to alleviate window draughts and to keep the heat in include applying draught strips around the edges of your windows, drawing heavy curtains across the window to keep the cold air from getting into the room, or even covering the window pane with tin foil or cling film to keep.

Cold homes are bad for health. Besides poor health, cold-related illness causes absence from work, social isolation, and sleep deprivation. In addition, it may lead to mental or stress-related illness, with negative knock-on effects for family and friends.

Let There Be Light

Lighting is EVERYTHING, and we’re not just talking about taking bomb selfies. Incorporating warm, mood lighting can take your space from ‘chilly AF’ to ‘chilled winter vibes’ with the flick of a switch. Some easy ways you can do this is by stringing up some fairy lights or adding some fun lamps around your home. You could also change out your existing lightbulbs with warmer-coloured LED ones. Just make sure whichever bulbs you’re getting are energy efficient, so you’re being kind to the planet, too!

Another great way to add some cosy ambience to your home is with some gorgeous candles. There’s just something SO heavenly about illuminating your home with candlelight, especially for a bath or romantic date night.

Play With Texture

pexels pavel danilyuk 6667394This next tip is all about feeling cosy — literally! Incorporating warm, rich textures is key to creating that Hygge feeling. This, of course, means having plenty of snuggle-worthy blankets and pillows scattered throughout the house. Think faux fur, shaggy throws and thick knits.

Other cosy textures for the home that aren’t quite as snuggly (but are still lovely to look at!) include wood and terracotta. Combine these with your softer textures, and you’ve got yourself one Insta-worthy home that wouldn’t look out of place in an interiors magazine.

Get On The Scent

Yes, smells absolute CAN be cosy! How else can you describe the tantalizing aroma of baked goods wafting from the kitchen or that fresh, clean smell after you’ve just had a shower and are rugged up in a warm towel? Science has proven time and time again that smell can have a powerful impact on our mood, and if you ask us, cosy counts as a mood.

The easiest way to flood your home with those inviting scents is with a combination of candles, diffusers and room sprays. However, we recommend warm, rich home fragrances over fresh, zesty scents for the colder months. Spices like vanilla and cinnamon, mysterious musky scents and woody aromas are always great choices. Available in a soy candle, diffuser or room spray, our OUD blend is deliciously dark, earthy and luxurious — perfect for achieving those cosy vibes!

Layer Up

We all know the importance of layering up for our winter wardrobe. Then, of course, you have to have the cute tee under the jumper and coat so that you can look chic no matter what the elements throw at you. Well, the same goes for your home! Layering different textures on top of each other add an extra dimension to your space and make it feel way more homely and welcoming. 

So, how do you do it? Well, you could work with complementary textures, like layering a thick, chunky knit over a buttery soft bedspread. Or, you could throw a shaggy texture over a wooden stool or a sleek, leather lounge for a more contrasting aesthetic.

Close The Blinds

Closing the blinds will keep the warm air inside your home and will give you the feeling of ‘tucking’ yourself in for the night. On the other hand, frosty, chilly glass windows are not very cosy at all, so cover them up with blinds when you want to settle down for the evening.

Blanket Up

Invest in a few throw rugs or blankets and keep them in your living room. Snuggling under a blanket after a cold day out is the perfect way to warm up an evening. This tip will also save you money on your heating bill, as you won’t need to turn up the thermostat as high if you’re wrapped in a blanket.

Create Nooks

Wide-open spaces can be cold and uninviting, so make little nooks with your furniture to create a restful, for example, could here. Could you create a reading corner with a big comfortable chair or perhaps make a little nest of couches and cushions for your living room? Even a few pillows and blankets on your living room floor can create a cosy little sanctuary for a chilly night at home.

Get Into The Spirit Of The Season

Go the extra mile to create a warm atmosphere by baking biscuits or making hot chocolate. If it’s autumn, you can decorate your home with brightly coloured leaves and seasonal blooms. If it’s winter, you can make soup or bake some bread.

Keep Doors Closed

This tip is pretty simple, but sometimes we need a reminder that it’s much easier to heat one room than five. Keep doors closed to keep the heat in, and use draft stoppers under the doors to stop the cold air seeping through.

Create A Cosy Couch Or Bed

You’re probably going to be spending a lot of time during winter curled up your couch, so make sure it’s comfortable and snug. If you have a leather couch, cover it with a warm throw to take away the chill and make the room more inviting. Having a couple more warm blankets at arm’s reach is also essential for a snuggle! A faux-fur throw is a great investment for your bedroom. Casually drape one across the end of the bed during the day, and add it as a bedding layer during the night.

Eat Comfort Food

On a cold winter’s night, salad is no one’s friend! Instead, it’s the season for soups and slow-cooked dishes, which are perfect for anyone who wants comfort food with minimal fuss.

Get Cosy Underfoot

Hardwood floors are ideal in summer, but cover yours with a thick, lush rug during the colder months. And don’t forget to leave your slippers by the door so you can pop them on as soon as you get in to feel more relaxed instantly and at home. In the bathroom, make sure you always have a bath mat laid out, so there’s no cold feet post-shower either.

Surround Yourself In Greenery

Plants instantly help warm a room and add some natural, vibrant colour when it’s grey outside. So who can resist some large, blossom branches with bulbs of pink and white or the more sedate but very sophisticated magnolias with their large, richly coloured blooms?

Ways To Warm Up Your Interiors This Winter

When the temperature drops, most of us naturally pull out extra blankets and switch to heavier bedding, but did you know there’s a lot more you can do to create a warmer feel in the home? Just like colours can affect our mood, so too can warmer interior styling help create a cosier feel in our homes.

Embrace Natural Materials

tetiana shyshkina yl9ruxs5i9c unsplashMixing materials that are kept close to their natural forms, such as timber, clay and textiles, will soften and add warmth to your interiors. For example, we used a wool runner rug from Provincial to connect to the earth in this entry, and it instantly creates a welcoming feel.

Moody Colour Palette

Dark and rich tones, such as deep grey or red wine tones for those who are a bit bolder with colour, are great choices to get you through the colder months. Lush greens and navy are also on-trend colour choices that offer a cosy, comforting feel.

Pick one of these darker colours to set the scene in a room and consider adding a lighter accent such as cream tones or lighter greys and a touch of warm metallic to highlight and add contrast.

Aged Metallics

While copper and brass were the ‘it’ metallic finishes of summer, we see a shift to more brushed and aged metals this winter. This large round mirror from Early Settler has an antiqued finish with beautiful darkening and tarnishing — nailing both the round mirror and aged metallic trends in one!

Warm-Up Your Bathroom

Generally, the bathroom gets missed when we take our interiors from summer to winter, but a few minor updates you can make in this space will warm it up. Selecting towels in deeper tones, like these grey Freedom towels, and creating a small vignette using a candle in a wintery scent, products in pharmaceutical style bottles, and a few brushes or pops of natural materials is all you need!

Layer Layer Layer

Layering blankets and pillows on the bed and throws and scatter cushions on the couch or occasional chair will make these spaces appear and feel all the cosier, this season; we’re seeing a resurgence of the velvet quilt, and you can find loads of great buys at Canberra Outlet in a range of colours and styles. You don’t have to stop at one throw on top of your bed — also, teaming a sheepskin, hide, or chunky knit throw will make your bed look dreamy.

Create A Cosy Corner

We’re set to have one of the coldest winters in decades, but rather than wallow, why not embrace the chill and create a cosy corner where you can sit at night with a good book and warm drink?

Comfortable and stylish occasional chairs like this one from Focus On Furniture are becoming increasingly more affordable. Layer it with a throw, like this fun pom one from Adairs, and a cushion for added comfort. Finish the space with an on-trend side table (you can find this one at Homemaker), and your winter retreat is ready. There’s nothing like enjoying a cup of hot chocolate next to the fire, and if you feel like creating an extra decadent cup, you might like to check out this recipe topped with cream and chocolate flakes on the Lindt website.

Wintery Scents

Styling your home for winter isn’t just about what we see — it’s also what we smell. So swap your summery candles, like lime and coconut, for those with a more wintery fragrance. Pick scents with spiced notes or natural essential oils.

Create Book Stacks

Books make a great styling prop all year round, especially in winter when you want to hint at curling up inside with a good book.

A stack of 3 or more books looks great on its own, or you can layer decorative items on top. For added interest, try stacking some books horizontally and others vertically.

Branches Or Faux Branches

Branches are another way of bringing nature into our home. Some of our favourites include Magnolia, Eucalyptus or cotton flowers. Not only do these look beautiful, but they also have an extra-long lifespan (when compared with fresh flowers), or you can find a great selection of everlasting faux branches that are identical to the real thing. Freedom and Early Settler are just some of the stores where you can find Magnolia, Lambs Ear and Eucalyptus branches, to name a few.

Display Extra Cushions Or Throws

Just when you thought you couldn’t layer any more items on your bed or couch, we’re suggesting you display even more! Using an open pocket of a side table or neatly folding a throw blanket on your couch are two easy ways you can create a cosier feel in your home.

Conclusion

This is why it’s so important to make sure your home is an inviting place to be as the cold sets in because you’ll probably spend more time at home than anywhere else. There’s more to being cosy than just being warm, though.

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