How do you define a cozy home? Possibly rustic farmhouse décor with muted colors. How about a vintage-looking home with lived-in furniture? Or a house filled with glossy, smooth, and modern designs with a collection of family photos or lively colors popping all over the place.
By definition, cozy is the feeling of becoming comfortable and warm. Therefore, it is a personal matter more than a rule of thumb.
For me, a cozy home is a modern minimalist approach with clean-lined furniture and carefully curated collection pieces that have meaning to my family and me.
A few heirloom pieces help me stay connected to family, and it doesn’t need to be in my furniture. For example, you better believe memories of my grandma come to mind as I use her rolling pin when making homemade pizza.
Try to look around your home. Do you feel relaxed and calm? If your answer is yes, then you did well in making your home cozy. However, if you feel heavy, stressed, not happy, or still getting there, then this article is perfect for you to read.
“The best homes tell a story of the people who grace their walls. They showcase a collection of their travels, gifts from loved ones, and their passions.” – Rebecca
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Best Cozy Home Ideas You Can Do Yourself At Home
I will define a cozy as a homey ambiance that makes curl up and relax like a cocoon.
There several factors that make a home comfortable. The architecture and proportions can contribute to the interiors. Likewise, the interior add-on can be factors, such as furnishing styles, warm colors, fluffy pillows, books, personal collections, fireplace, or art.
In other words, there is no solitary recipe to make a cozy home. Everything depends on your tatse and personality.
Here is a list of cozy home ideas that will help you create a concept that will suit your taste:
Classy and Airy Style
I dearly love a view through floor-to-ceiling window shedding light that will show stylish and sophistication in a living room. This cozy house idea will give an elegant touch, making your home to become inviting and livable.
Toss in some add-ons of natural materials by bringing in wood, metal, or leather into your designs. Possibly in your coffee table, upholstered leather, throw pillows, and mix it with warm colors to make your home magnificent.
Comfort In Traditional Home Idea
The traditional home is all about comfort and familiarity. When you are sitting around the living room, what you will feel and say is, “it’s my sanctuary.”
Support the concept with club chair, overstuffed sofa, soft rug, warm lighting, books, and vintage objects.
One of my all-time favorite cozy home DIY because of the uncluttered and airy feel, white walls, and wood flooring idea as the spade of ingredients. I love to hang-out and relax, which makes the long-stuffed couch, jumbled pillows, and tall bookshelf with reading materials perfect for my personality.
Mixed Modern Style
This idea is a mixture of traditional and modern lifestyle. The colors are warm, natural, and relaxing. The natural add-ons like painted wooden panel ceilings and hardwood floors will surely want you to sit all day and enjoy the relief.
Practical Techniques for DIY Cozy Home Decor
Many of us are skeptical about making our home cozy because we mind the possible expenses from our pockets. Often, making a home comfortable to live becomes the least priority due to us not wanting to feel broke!
Here are DIY home stuff and cozy home collection ideas that do not need you to spend a lot of money.
Throw Pillows and Blankets
If you have talents of crafts, you buy a throw pillow insert and fabric at bargain stores and make your pillow covers that suit your taste. However, if you are like me, that art is never a compatible partner, then finding throw pillows and blankets on sale is the best trick. Plus, these days, fabric and time are too expensive.
Place these pillows over your couch in the main living space and give relaxation. Family and guests will find comfort and make themselves feel at home.
Here’s a set of 4 Throw Pillow Covers that can work for most decors.
Add Life With Plants
I am not born with a green thumb, but I do love plants. Picking up some flowers or grab some bouquet for a minimal price and place them in your kitchen counter or living space to brighten and add life to space. You only need to spend a few bucks to make your space greener, fresh and welcoming. If you need help in with plant styling read, How To Style Plants | Plant Styling.
At first, I thought hanging those photos on the wall will mean cluttering my home. I was wrong. I found out that hanging those selected photos will invite happiness, joyful memories, trust, and comfort.
The best way of using family photos as DIY cozy home decor is to focus on middle-sized to bigger photos to avoid cluttering. For more instructions on creating epic family galleries read, How To Create a Family Gallery Wall.
Add Meaningful Items To Your Home
We may have old or antique-looking items at home. These things may look old, but when you place them in the right space, it will bring a cozy feeling. The good thing about antique items (probably these are gifts from your grandparents, parents, or any relevant person in the family); it brings back the warm memories.
Every old item brings a story that forms part of who you are today. However, you keep only those items with good memories and better take away those bringing not such good memories to avoid cluttering.
Floor and Table Lamps
Overhead lighting or darkroom is an uninviting vibe. Get floor and table lamps in cheap or sale cozy home collection stores to add a definite vibe in either bedroom of living space. Light up, and inevitably, it changes the dynamics of your home. For lighting tips read, How Important is Dining Room Lighting?
Make Your Home Fireplace Cozy and Warm
I was fortunate to have a fireplace in two of my previous properties, but that is no longer the case. Plus, it would never get used in sunny Florida which where we now live.
For those who are lucky to have one, light it up, and use it! I saw many homes that their fireplaces are as cold as ice. You may add a few sconces or change the color to mix perfectly the warm of the fire it can give. One winter, we burned through 2 cords of firewood – for real!
For styling tips (videos are included in that post) read, Decorating A Mantel Made Easy.
Pallet Coffee Table
The best material I can recommend is the use of pallet wood. These reclaimed woods are not garbage but are the potential cozy home collection. The imperfect edge and physical character of the wood will give charisma and charm to your home. If you want to do this, it is preferable to make it at home rather than buying at a store because it is expensive. To find more ideas for pallet wood read, Decorating On A Dime | Home Styling.
Twinkling Room Dividers
If you are an artistic person (not like me!), bring the outdoors to indoors. Use the branches as a room divider, and putting up some twinkling lights will make your room twinkle. You will surely gaze and stare at those lights all night.
Dining space is one of the most critical parts of your home. It is not because of mealtime together with your family but eating while feeling the great ambiance will satisfy us more than our taste—no need to go out and buy a whole new dining set that will cost you a lot.
Grab soft pillows for each chair, and artificial fur chair can ease comfort. You can find these in bargain stores.
Isn’t the doily bowl will look our home cluttering? Of course, it isn’t. It may seem too old fashion, or you might remember your grandma’s house, but doily bowls are great DIY cozy home decor that will make your bedroom or living space adorable. Plop the bowls anywhere and place little things like jewelry, make-up, or keys.
Add Cute Notes On Your Fridge
Let’s be honest! Other than storing your food and maintain it’s freshness, what is the additional use of your fridge?
Yes! The best place to put little notes of reminded, photos, and collection of magnets. Why not make your fridge adorable by covering it with a chalkboard. Still, you can place the reminders, notes and you can draw whatever you want.
Natural Air Freshener
A cozy house idea is not only about how your home interior looks and feels. It also includes how your home smells. Try smelling around because your home might not be carrying an inviting smell. You can create DIY home stuff that is all-natural room scents by infusing fruits, spices, and herbs in jars. Indeed, it can give a fresh and comforting aroma.
As I mentioned, photos are great cozy house ideas. But it will be far high if instead of using conventional frames that will only give you plain effect, give life by wrapping the frames with decorative fabric. It is simple, creative, expressive, and inviting to the eyes of your family and guests.
Plant Cat Pots
We already mentioned that plants would give life to your home. Let’s add more elegance and comfy by putting the plants in cat pots. They are cute and best to decorate your home. Your capital investment here is your creativity.
Pro Tip: No need to buy pricey cat pots, there is the sale price of regular clay pots that you can grab and start painting them with your cute designs.
I love reading. When I spend time for myself by reading, I want to find a peaceful and comfortable place at home. Consider setting a space for reading near the window. Place a comfortable reading chair, a small table for coffee or tea, and presto! You got now your DIY reading nook.
A coffee table plus a reading nook is the best place to sip the sweet aroma and hot cup of tea. Why not make it more adorable and cozier with a smart display of gorgeous and vintage teacups. You can find different elegant designs in thrifty shops, or probably you might have one tucked in your cabinet for years.
The common denominator of the formula in making a home feel warm and cozy is the feel of emotion and sentiment. Set a corner where the best moments and memories are preserved. The photo bookshelf is one DIY cozy home decor where you can place photo albums of vintage photos. The black and white colors will make it more elegant, memorable, and fun.
Well, there you have it, you are now fully equipped with tons of ideas to cozy up your home and make it super inviting. Remember to view your home as a collection of pieces, and items that have meaning to you and your family.
Lastly, try not to rush this process as layering different elements of décor in a home takes a bit more of tweaking and editing then just purchasing a fully furnished copy cat style from a mass-produced department store.
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