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While winter is technically another month away, we’ve already seen some winter temperatures. And with the holidays fast approaching, this is the perfect time to double-down on comfort and coziness at home. There are some simple ways to improve the cozy/comfort factor in your St. Louis house, and this week we wanted to share a few:
Get Closer Together
This is an easy upgrade and only involves adjusting or rearranging your furniture to bring everyone in closer. Creating a semi-circle for a family movie night or designating a game nook are just a couple examples of how changing the furniture arrangement can get everyone closer together and make your space feel warmer and more comfortable. Moving things closer together rather than keeping them spread out, will make any room feel cozier.
This time of year brings with it an early sunset, which leaves us relying on artificial light more than any other time of the year. Many of us don’t consider the impact lighting can have on our living space. We’re of the mind that if it’s working, it’s doing its job. But lighting is one of the primary factors in making a space feel cozy. Consider swapping out those cool white bulbs for warmer options. A few strategically placed lamps can also be a terrific idea for warming up certain areas.
It’s impressive how a few well-placed rugs, blankets, and pillows can instantly transform a room. Throughout the warmer months, you might want clean, clear spaces, but during the warmer months, some textural touches can work to make any room feel cozier. Even adding some hanging textiles as decor on the walls will set the tone for the space. And, of course, everyone loves a blanket nearby when curled up on the couch on a chilly winter evening.
Appeal to your Senses
We’ve spent most of the time exploring visual elements that can make a home feel cozier, but appealing to your other senses can also have considerable impact. We mentioned blankets and pillows above with can appeal to your tactile sense, but scents like cinnamon, clove, and pine can also be helpful. You can get those throughout the house from candles or by simmering a potpourri. Additionally, music always makes a room feel warmer.
Winter is much more manageable when we feel warm, cozy, and comfortable indoors.