Many people take a hibernation approach to winter, choosing to stay indoors where it’s warm. The Danish word for this is “hygge,” or cozy and comfortable living. With that said, there’s no better time to transform your home into a snuggly hideaway until warmer spring temperatures arrive.
Of course, you don’t need to spend a lot of money or time to do this, either. Here are seven simple ways to make your home cozier this winter.
1. Throw Blankets
Adding a throw blanket to your sofa or bed is one of the easiest ways to make your home cozier this winter. Imagine sitting next to a fire wrapped in faux fur or snuggled under a sherpa blanket with your pet on your favorite reclining chair.
Throw blankets come in various colors, textures, and weights and are usually reasonably priced. You can even use throw blankets to decorate for the holidays by incorporating festive patterns and materials into your design.
During cold winter days and months, you’ll be happy to reach over and grab the nearest throw to toss over your legs.
2. Warm Lighting
Long stretches of shorter days can negatively impact people’s mental health. Approximately 3% of the general population experiences seasonal affective disorder (SAD), 10-20% of which have underlying depression. Having SAD can disrupt sleep and alter moods and behaviors.
Although some people with SAD prefer to brighten their homes as much as possible to fight the winter blues, using softer lighting can make your surroundings feel warmer and more relaxing.
Rather than turning on your ceiling lights, opt for table and floor lamps with warm LED bulbs instead. Also, depending on how you’re feeling, adding dimmer switches to existing outlets allows you to adjust the amount of lighting in a room to suit you best.
Aromatherapy diffusers and essential oils can add soothing warmth to your home during the winter. When used safely, studies show that aromatherapy is an alternative medicine therapy with several benefits, including relieving pain, reducing nausea, improving anxiety and stress, and aiding sleep.
There are many cozy essential oil scents you can try. For example, lavender is excellent for promoting a more restful night’s sleep, while citrus, cinnamon, and vanilla can help make your common areas smell homey and snug.
4. Exterior Decor
The interior of your home isn’t the only place you can focus on making cozy when the temperatures drop. Your front door and entryway could use a little love, too.
There are many ways to enhance your front porch in the wintertime, including adding a wintry Christmas or Valentine’s wreath to the door, creating a holidays scene, or stringing lights.
If your front porch has a seating area, feel free to add pillows and bring out one or two of your throw blankets for a pop of color to an otherwise white landscape. Who said you couldn’t make yourself warm and cozy outside with a cup of tea when it’s snowing?
5. Reading Nook
After a hectic day, getting lost in a good book is a welcome escape. That’s why a reading nook is another effortless approach to a cozy abode, particularly when you’re stuck indoors during the winter.
It doesn’t take much to create the perfect reading nook for yourself. Incorporating other cozy elements into your home is all you need, such as a comfortable chair in a quiet corner, a small table for a lamp and a few sentimental items, a plush pillow to support your back, and a warm blanket for over your lap.
Your nook should be the perfect place for you to curl up and decompress. As long as it’s a place that makes you feel relaxed and happy, it doesn’t matter if your reading nook takes up an entire room or a sliver of space.
6. Indoor Plants
Winter isn’t exactly renowned as the season of lush greenery. However, just because there’s a layer of snow on the ground doesn’t mean you can’t bring plants inside your home.
Research has found several health benefits of indoor plants, including lower stress responses, greater focus and productivity, reduced illness recovery times, and improved air quality.
Succulents and cacti, for example, are very easy plants to care for in the winter, requiring only sunlight by a window and occasional watering. Snake plants and corn plants also thrive indoors with partial to full sunlight.
If you don’t have a green thumb, you can always add fake plants to your home along railings, fireplace mantles, chandeliers, and table centerpieces, as well.
7. Shag Accents
You probably thought the last time you’d lay eyes on shag carpeting was in the ’70s, but adding fuzzy accent pieces to your living space can make a significant difference in the winter.
Shag rugs are a statement in your living room or bathroom, particularly if you have hardwood or tile flooring that makes your feet cold. Imagine stepping out of a shower, drying off, and feeling the soft shag between your toes.
Other ways to incorporate shag is with throw pillows, ottomans, or even coverlets for your bed.
Cozy Comfort for Staying In
There are so many different ways you can make your home cozier this winter, from blankets galore to softer lighting and houseplants. You can set yourself up for a comfortable season indoors by trying some of these tips.