5 ways to cozy up your home


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Everyone wants to relax in a warm and inviting home. Making your new home cozy and inviting is easy with a few small changes. These changes will urge you and your guests to relax and enjoy your new home no matter where you live. Creating a warm environment, incorporating natural elements, arranging your furniture for togetherness, keeping the design fresh, and accenting with lighting are five ways to cozy up your new home.


Create a Warm Environment

The first step to a cozy home is to give the feel of warmth. Select overstuffed and comfortable furniture and add soft throw pillows and blankets to create warmth. Mix and match different textures and colors to create a fresh look in your living spaces. Area rugs on the floor will keep your feet warm and create a soft cushioning on which to walk. You can even overlap your rugs for a more luxurious feel. Soft fabrics and comfortable furniture will urge you and your guests to settle in and relax.

Turn the focus to the hearth and fireplace. Nothing will create a warm environment like a fire, even with the unique climates of the southwestern United States. Even if you have one of the many new Phoenix homes, for example, you’ll still have to deal with cool desert nights throughout the winter; thus, building a fire in the fireplace is a great way to stay warm. Encourage relaxing near the fireplace by adding a small table and chairs. Decorate the mantle with personal items, and use a basket to organize firewood and fireplace accessories. A crackling fire will draw you in and create a personal experience for everyone.


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Incorporate Natural Elements

Combining natural elements into your home is a great way to add comfort and coziness. Fresh floral arrangements and greenery collections feel calming and homey. In the wintertime, arrangements from branches, pinecones, or fallen leaves bring nature into your home. Choose furniture with exposed wood or leather for more rustic accents. Contrast the textures of soft fabrics with exposed brick and rock elements such as those seen in fireplaces. Alternatively, you can add stone or wood sculptures for a unique twist on natural elements that incorporate your own style.


Arrange Your Furniture for Togetherness

Another way to make your new home feel more cozy is to arrange your furniture for a sense of togetherness. Place the sofas and chairs so that everyone faces one another. Avoid placing chairs anywhere that someone seated there would have his back to the door. Don’t be afraid to bring chairs close to each other to encourage conversation. Choose smaller dining room chairs that allow more people to sit at the table and sit closer together. Bringing everyone closer to one another is a great way to give your home a cozy feel.


Keep the Design Fresh

Take every opportunity to make your new home yours by adding family photos, knickknacks, and antiques. Keep your design fresh by changing these items on a regular basis. Rotate family photos and rearrange your decorations to show a fresh interior throughout the year. Introducing these personal elements makes your home more cozy and inviting.


Accent With Lighting

A cozy home uses light to create a warming environment. Use natural light by positioning furniture near windows. Dress windows in light fabric or sheer curtains to allow as much light in as possible. If natural light is not available, lamps are a great way for adding more light. Remove overhead or fluorescent lighting when possible in exchange for indirect light. Accent your lighting further with candles. Candles create a warm gentle glow that will give a cozy feel to your home.
 


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Designing your new home with a cozy feel is about creating a space where you want to relax. Creating a warm environment, incorporating natural elements, arranging your furniture for togetherness, keeping the design fresh, and accenting with lighting are all ways to cozy up your new home. What are some ways that you have made your new home more cozy?


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