Cozy areas can be enjoyed alone or with family and friends— as long as it’s a tranquil space that allows you to take your mind off of all of life’s everyday tasks. While creating a cozy space has a lot to do with the decor you choose, it’s also about finding the perfect space that feels cozy. Here are five places in (and outside) your home to create a cozy space.

#1: Bedroom

Your bedroom should be the coziest room in your home, because it’s where you sleep! In fact, a cozy bedroom can be very helpful when trying to get a good night’s sleep. First, start off with a cozy bed— the type of mattress and sheets you use can really make a positive impact on your sleep. Next, make sure your room isn’t too cluttered because this can make it hard to fall asleep.

When it comes to room decor, you can choose whatever style you like best, but the Hygge decor style emphasizes coziness and comfort. Whatever style you choose, make sure to incorporate blackout curtains (they don’t necessarily have to be black) to help block out sunlight. This will also help keep room cool, especially in the summer months and if you live in the south where it’s hot almost all year long.

#2: Finish an Unfinished Space

Basements are some of the most finished spaces in a home, along with attics and garages. Most basement-homes are found in the midwest, but they can also be found in other parts of the country— including northern Virginia. Most basements have low ceilings and exposed wood, concrete, or brick material, giving it a more rustic feel.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to your basement: you can create another cozy bedroom, a cozy family room, a library, or even a game/entertainment room complete with a mini bar or small kitchen. Your basement can even be turned into an art, music, or dance studio— all of which are relaxing recreational activities.

#3: Kitchen/Dining Space

Many kitchens and dining rooms are large enough to have large tables to accommodate a large family, but when you want a smaller, cozier dining area to enjoy a nice cup of coffee, look into building a breakfast nook for your kitchen or dining area. To make it extra cozy, you’ll want to add soft cushions and pillows— especially if you choose to build the nook yourself. This area is perfect for those lazy weekend mornings where you’re not as rushed as you would be during the week. Enjoy a quiet morning alone, or spend some quality time with your significant other/kids/etc.

#4: Living Room/Family Room

Not too many homes have both a living room and a family room, but either one can be a great cozy space. If you have a fireplace, let that be the focal point of the room— meaning that your couch should face the fireplace. Most fireplaces also have a space available for you to mount a TV, which is perfect for cozy family movie nights.

If digital entertainment isn’t really your thing, consider carving out a cozy reading nook (sometimes called a book nook) to enjoy the works of your favorite authors. All you really need is a bookshelf (doesn’t matter how big or small), a cozy place to curl up, and good lighting.

#5: Outdoors

These days, exterior places like the front porch, deck or patio are also an extension of the home. Perfect for larger gatherings, outdoors spaces give you an opportunity to create yet another cozy, comfortable, and welcoming space in (or outside of) your home.

Consider a pavilion with a timber frame to house a cost seating area, a fire pit, or an entire outdoor kitchen. Family barbecues, birthday parties, and various other events will never be the same without having an outdoor gathering space just as cozy as your indoor gathering space(s).

Final Thoughts

Of course, there are many more cozy places to create if you have more rooms in your house. You can even make your front porch cozier by putting more comfortable furniture on it. Just be mindful of the outdoor elements (e.g., rain, wind, pollen, etc.) when it comes to creating cozy outdoor spaces.

It doesn’t matter how big or small your home is— you can always find a way to carve out a cozy and comfortable space for relaxing or enjoying your favorite activities.

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