Six budget ideas on how to make your home feel cosier
Your home is your sanctuary especially during the winter months when people tend to spend most of their time indoors due to the cold weather. A cosy house should evoke a feeling of warmth, relaxation, comfort and contentment. There are plenty of simple touches that you can add to create a cosy vibe in any room.
Small tricks can have a big impact and most of the tips you’ll find below are very easy to put in practice even if you are on a budget. Thus, if you like to make your home feel cosier, you should take a quick look at some of our suggestions below.
Light up some candles
Whether we’re talking about votives, candleholders or simple white pillar candles there are plenty of options for you to choose from and grouping them in a way that makes sense for your home can create a very warm ambiance.
Candles are the ultimate mood setter and you don’t have to pay a lot for them since most are available for pennies. You can also replace them with warm LED lights to create the same cosy glow as candles. A candle-lit glow is also more comfortable for your eyes and won’t keep you awake.
You can also add some cosiness for your feet with the help of rugs especially for floors that are made from wood or tile. When it is warm outside you can use sisal and flat-weave rugs and for the winter you can layer some smaller rugs strategically in your favourite spots such as near the bed, in front of your reading chair or under the coffee bed.
Layering smaller rugs is a great budget-friendly solution if you can’t afford to get a large rug. The biggest fear with rugs is that they’ll attract pet hair. Even if you use good flea shampoos for cats or dogs you still won’t be able to get rid of all the hair. For houses with pets, you should look for low pile and tufted rugs so that the nails of the pet won’t catch and snag.
Try to avoid rugs that are made with viscose since they attract hair and dust. Another tip that you can use to avoid pet hair becoming a problem is to get a rug pattern that is the same colour as your pet’s fur. This way the odd hair here and there becomes less noticeable.
Incorporate some throws and pillows
One of the easiest ways to make a room feel cosier is to use some throws, especially if they are made from soft fabrics such as cotton or cashmere. You can keep a few throw blankets in your home so that you can wrap up whenever you feel chilly or you want to enjoy your book or favourite TV show.
It is also a good idea to keep some throws in the living room, guest rooms and bedroom since it is great to have a blanket handy for some impromptu naps. Try to get blankets that match the décor in each room.
You can also add some big fluffy pillows to your couch to make it look and feel cosier. For a more budget-friendly option, you can instead change the covers of the pillows you already have with covers that are more textured.
Having a few plants in the house can make it feel more alive, especially in the winter months. One of the popular options is a succulent plant since it is very easy to maintain even for people who don’t have green thumbs.
Orchids are another great option that is very easy to grow and they come in beautiful colours. What’s more, since it blooms all the time it is a great plant to have in your home. Of course, you are free to choose any houseplant that you like and there are certainly plenty of options for you to choose from.
Get some new artwork
Sparse walls can make a home feel anything but cosy and decorating them with your own collection of art and photographs can give a personal touch to each room and make it feel lived-in.
You can cover the walls with anything you find visually interesting such as old movie posters, photo collages and more. Finding inexpensive art is also surprisingly easy, either online or at flea markets.
Another inexpensive way to make your home feel more welcoming is with books since not only are they entertaining but they are also beautiful to look at. There are plenty of ways you can display your books, you don’t have to keep them all in your home library.
You can display your favourite ones on side tables, nightstands or coffee tables. In the kitchen, you can place your cookbooks along with the utensils. Not only will they add a personal touch to every room, but it can also help you finally pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read for so long
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