I love being at home! It’s my cozy sanctuary–especially during the cooler months when we spend so much time indoors. Even though everyone has a different take on what cozy means to them, my definition of a cozy house is one that evokes feelings of comfort, relaxation, warmth and contentment.

Even after we painted all the walls and ceilings in our house white, I discovered I could still create a cozy vibe in any room–and during any time of year–just by adding a few simple touches.

If you’d like to make your home feel more cozy, below I’m sharing 10 easy ways to make your home feel so warm and welcoming, you (and your guests) will never want to leave! 

Make sure to check out my page, Cozy at Home, for some ideas to enhance your time at home.

10 Easy Ways to Cozy Up Your Home

1. Slippers and Sweaters

Even though this tip doesn’t have anything to do with home decor, for me the first step to feeling cozy is being warm and comfortable! So I stash some slippers by the front door and keep a soft sweater or two handy to slip on whenever I feel chilly.

Here are a few of my favorites:


2. Rugs

Make your home feel cozy and comfortable by adding warmth underfoot with rugs.  Since all the floors in our home (except in the basement, where we have carpeting) are wood or tile, rugs are a must.

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Layering rugs is another great way to increase the warmth and depth of a space–especially in winter.  Here’s a recent photo of our living room (taken right after all the Christmas decorations came down), featuring my favorite indigo rug. We love it so much we have two: one in the living room …

… and another in our master bedroom.

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3. Blankets and Throws

One of the best ways to create a cozy atmosphere is with throws–especially when they’re made of soft fabrics like cashmere or cotton. I like to keep throw blankets all over the house so I can easily wrap up whenever I get chilly.  I also keep them in our guest rooms and master bedroom for impromptu naps. By the way, large scarves, like the plaid one shown below, make great throws, too.

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4. Pillows

Next, swap in some comfortable throw pillows. A few weeks ago, we added a comfy sectional to our hearth room, so lately I’ve been raiding my decor closet and piling it high with pillows and throws.  As you can see from the snowy scene outside the window, we need all the coziness we can get!

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I’m a fan of the look and feel of velvet pillows, and right now I have them in almost every room in the house. Their luxurious, rich vibe is the perfect cozy touch for this time of year.


5. Plants

I love having plants in the house all year round, but especially during the cooler months when my eyes need to see living things!

Lately, I’ve had a thing for orchids–and I now have three of them around the house in various stages of growth. I love how they lend a timeless touch of beauty to any space. I happen to love the foliage, too, so I don’t mind it when they take a break from blooming.

I’ve discovered that our local grocery store often marks them down, even when they’re perfectly healthy. Having live plants definitely keeps me busy with all the watering and cleaning up, but I love the friendly vibe they bring to our home.

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And, if live plants aren’t your thing, you can’t go wrong with faux:


6. Texture

Next, add in some texture, via nubby or tweedy fabrics, fur, wood, rattan, woven items, or bamboo shades.  My favorite way to amp up the coziness of our home? Baskets! You can never have too many.

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Also consider adding a fabric ottoman in place of a coffee table during the winter months.  Not only does it add some softness and texture to your space, it gives your feet a comfy place to rest!

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Here are a few more items that would add a touch of cozy texture to your home, including some beautiful velvet curtains I have my eye on:


7. Artwork

We might not immediately think of artwork when it comes to adding coziness to a space, but it’s actually one of the best ways to bring a touch of warmth and personality to your home.  Displaying treasures, photos and artwork from favorite trips, either individually or as a collection (like my botanical gallery wall), is a great way to make your home feel more welcoming.

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Since we live near the foot of the Rocky Mountains, where winters sometimes seem to last forever, I like to keep a warm and happy vibe going in our home to keep my spirits up throughout the colder months.  The ocean print below, from Samba to the Sea, lends a beachy vibe to our dining room and reminds us of warmer days and our trips to the coast.

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Here are a few more pieces of artwork that would lend a warm feeling to your home:


8. Books

Ah, books!  Is there anything more wonderful?  Not only do they entertain and teach us, they’re beautiful to look at!  (At least I think so!)  This is the perfect time of year to display books–on coffee and side tables, kitchen counters, night stands, or piled high next to the bed.

Books are such an easy way to make your home cozy on a budget. They add a warm, personal touch to any space. As a bonus, if they’re out where I can see them, I might actually pick one up and read it or cook with it! 

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A few favorite books:


9. Coffee Station

This is a new one for me, but when we added open shelving to our kitchen, I decided to put together a coffee station of sorts.  I’ve always wanted to have a spot where guests could easily grab a mug and find hot coffee, espresso, cocoa (in the canisters) and a milk frother ready and waiting.

I think it’s a nice way to make people feel welcome–especially in winter when they’re coming in from the cold.

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10. Scent

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A cozy atmosphere can also be created with warm and welcoming scents. For years, scented candles were my go-to, but every time I used them the artificial fragrances made me feel a little sick. So a while back, I finally made the switch to using essential oils to scent our home, and now I keep a diffuser or two going almost every day.

Here are a few of my favorite diffuser blends for winter:

3 drops clove + 4 drops orange
3 drops frankincense + 2 drops orange + 2 drops peppermint
4 drops orange + 3 drops cinnamon
4 drops tangerine + 3 drops peppermint

(See this post, 13 Beautiful Essential Oil Blends for Your Diffuser, for more diffuser recipes.)  

Here are a few diffusers I love:


There are many more ways to create a warm and cozy vibe in your house: soft lighting, flannel sheets, rich colors, warm woods–the list goes on and on. But I hope this short list was enough to spark your imagination and give you some ideas for how to make your home cozy–not just in the winter, but all year round.

Stay cozy, friends!  xo jane