Have you been dreaming of spending your long winter evenings in a warm, cosy living room? Do you have your own place, but you’re not sure where to begin to make it home? With this article, we hope to provide you with some inspirations on how to make your house cosier and more enjoyable to spend your time in.

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Lights, lights, and more lights

Lights are especially helpful in creating cosiness during long, dark winter months when days are short, and it’s easy to feel gloomy. Choose lamps with soft, warm lights to make you feel more at ease and relaxed, preferably lamps in globe shapes that will cast a diffused light around the room. This is the choice to create a warm, cosy, even lazy atmosphere for a calm evening after a long day. Birch and other light wood included in the lamp design will add to the result, too. Table and side lamps are also better for creating the feeling of cosiness, so leave overhead and strip lighting for your daily life. To have it all in one, you may decide on dimmable lights.

Soft and fluffy accessories

Nothing screams cosy as much as soft pillows, fluffy blankets, lovely rugs and nice throws. Don’t be afraid to get a little wild with furnishings, and it will always be cosy to stay indoors sinking into softness. Pile cushions up on the couch, or even invest in some floor cushions to sit on. Of course, it’s best when everything matches and the view is pleasurable, but don’t go for single-colour fabrics with no patterns. Go for colourful additions, various materials, textures and patterns to feel truly surrounded by this soft cosiness. Then, blankets and throws should not only be there as decorations. Be sure they are mellow enough to make you want to wrap them around yourself.

Go green

Plants can do a lot when it comes to the feeling of cosiness, especially in winter when nature is asleep and your landscape is far from green. To bring inside even more of the outside, consider mixing your plants with wooden accents. Experiment with plants and flowers to end up with your own mini jungle. Make sure you have the right conditions for them; for example, if your apartment is not very sunny, don’t buy plants that need sunlight to thrive, and instead, focus on those that can be content in the shadows, such as monstera or succulents. If you are hopeless with plants and you always kill even the most persistent ones, don’t hesitate to go for fake ones. These days, it’s sometimes hard to tell the difference, and you won’t have to worry about watering.

Candles all around you

Candles cast a glowy, warm, very delicate light that can change every room, plus, they can also add a pleasant scent to your indoors, and it may significantly contribute to the final effect of soft cosiness. Don’t be afraid to have them everywhere, not only on your dining table, but also on a kitchen table, a kitchen counter, a nightstand, and more. Just remember to blow them out whenever you leave your house or go to sleep.

Cosy scent

Yes, there is something like a cosy scent, though what it is precisely may differ among various people. Apart from scented candles, you may be in control of how your house smells like by using a scent diffuser or a room spray. The scent is totally up to you, but for a cosy effect, we may suggest slight woody scents to connect with nature, or something sweet, even exotic to make you feel like you’re in a warm country far away. Also, lavender is known for its relaxing qualities.

Make it your own

If you want to feel good and relaxed in your cosy surroundings, make sure they really are yours, and you feel 100% at home; there’s no other way of making your house a real home. Make it all personal. Family souvenirs, your favourite photos, a drawing from your little niece, postcards, gifts, your beloved books; even if you are a fan of minimalistic designs, you shouldn’t give these decorations up, not entirely. Items that tell a story will make you feel better.

Many different factors contribute to the effect of cosiness, but the most important thing is to have it all exactly as you like it. Don’t compromise only because someone says it would be better or something else is more fashionable now. If you don’t like it, you will sooner or later start thinking about changes anyway, so it will only be the waste of your money.