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How to Make Your Home Cozy for Winter

January 22, 2024
Coffee and sweater on the sofa with fur cushions

As cold weather knocks at our doors, there’s no better time to snuggle up and make our home the ultimate cozy retreat. It’s the time of year for crackling fires, steaming mugs of cocoa, and blankets that seem to whisper, “Curl up and stay awhile."

From flickering candles to fuzzy blankets, we’re diving into simple yet effective ways to transform your space into a warm haven this winter. 

Add Soft Textures

Cozy great room in the Nelson condo at Regatta in Auburn Bay, Calgary by Brookfield Residential

Nelson Floor Plan, Townhome Collection, Auburn Bay Community, Calgary, Alberta

Incorporating soft textures into your home creates a tactile comfort that invites relaxation. Cold winter nights call for layers, and the easiest place to start is with blankets. Start by switching your summer bedding for warmer fabrics, like flannel or fleece. Drape a chunky knit throw over the back of a couch to easily wrap yourself up when the chill sets in.

Swap in some snuggly throw pillows for your couch or bed. It’s a great excuse to splurge on that big furry pillow you’ve been eyeing. Other options include a nubby boucle, a wooly cable knit, or a rich velvet.

Elegant dining table with sheepskin throw at Edgemont in Edmonton AB

Front Garage Collection, Edgemont Community, Edmonton, Alberta

Bare tables, while perfect for breezy summers, can feel too stark during the fall and winter. Tablecloths work well, but a runner is an even easier way to dress up a table. Get creative and use a long scarf or a thin blanket for a seasonally chic runner.

A cold floor on bare feet is an unwelcome feeling in chilly weather — place area rugs in well-traveled spots, including hallways, bedrooms, entryways, and living areas. Choosing a faux fur or sheepskin rug adds extra softness underfoot.

Switch out your light summer sheer curtains for heavier drapes. This will keep out any drafts and lend an elegance to the room, especially when hung from the ceiling to the floor.

Incorporate Warm Lighting

As the days get shorter, you’ll need your home’s lighting to compensate for the loss of sunlight. Soft, warm lighting can completely transform the ambiance of a room. Think about adding dimmable lamps with warm-toned bulbs or lighting a candle (or lots of them!). The soft glow helps create a relaxing atmosphere, perfect for winding down after a long day – just be sure you can see them all for safety’s sake.

Decorate with Natural Elements

Cozy seating area in the Lumen Portfolio at The Village at Castle Pines by Brookfield Residential in Denver CO

Lumen Portfolio, The Village at Castle Pines Community, Denver, Colorado

If the colder weather keeps you inside, bringing nature indoors can still create a calming effect. Wooden furniture, stone accents, or a touch of greenery through houseplants adds an organic, grounding feel to your space. Accessorize with materials like rattan, leather, and aged metals for added layers of natural texture.

Comfortable Seating

Cozy seating isn’t just about aesthetics – it’s about sinking into a chair or sofa that feels like a warm hug. Consider deep, cushiony sofas or armchairs with plush cushions. Add a throw blanket or two for an extra touch of comfort.

Add Scent and Aromas

Cozy setting with a blanket candle and cookies

The sense of smell is closely linked with our memory and triggers feelings of nostalgia. Pumpkin may bring memories of past Thanksgivings. Peppermint and candy canes go hand in hand. Whether you prefer spicy cinnamon, sweet vanilla, or are a sucker for anything pumpkin spice, incorporating a scent in your home is an easy way to make it feel cozy.

If you want to go beyond a candle or diffuser, try a simmer pot or bake a batch of gingerbread cookies or cinnamon rolls. Not only do you fill your home with a holiday-inspired scent, but you get a sweet treat to enjoy.

Create Quiet Nooks

When cold weather keeps you indoors, it’s the perfect opportunity to pull out your favorite book or find a new one to start. Designating a specific corner or nook for relaxation is a great way to create intimate spaces within your home. A corner with a comfortable chair, soft blanket, and a side table for your favorite book or hot drink can become your personal haven. If you prefer to read on a tablet, find a spot near an outlet for easy charging.

Use Warm Colors

Warm, earthy tones add depth and coziness to a room. They create a sense of intimacy and warmth that beautifully complements the winter season. Using textiles, accessories, and art that features hues like terracotta, deep green, rusty red, and caramel tones make gorgeous additions to most neutral color schemes.

Make the typical holiday red and green more luxurious with rich jewel tones like ruby and emerald. Although not soft and fuzzy, gold and brass accents still have a warming effect – use some stylish picture frames or throw in some gold accessories throughout your home. Of course, using seasonal patterns with plaid shams or a gingham throw is another way to add some coziness.

Enjoy Fireside Comfort

Living room with fireplace and cozy seating at The Village at Castle Pines in Denver CO

The Village at Castle Pines Community, Denver, Colorado

If you have a fireplace, it’s the ultimate cozy centerpiece. A crackling fire naturally draws people toward it, so make sure there’s room for everyone. Rearrange your furniture to shift your conversation area to the fireplace, and add smaller stools or chairs that can be easily pulled closer.

A warm fire and winter seem to go hand in hand, but what do you do if you don’t have a fireplace? An easy solution is to group candles or tea lights on a coffee or buffet table, creating beautiful light and ambiance.

Incorporate Personal Elements

Displaying personal items like family photos, heirlooms, or handmade crafts adds a layer of personal warmth to your home. A room decorated with conversation-staring elements is bound to bring people together. Interesting elements tell a story and create an emotional connection that enhances the coziness of the space.

Music and Sounds

Playing soothing music or nature sounds in the background can significantly enhance the atmosphere. The gentle hum of soft tunes of the tranquil sounds of nature creates a serene environment that promotes relaxation.

Picture the gentle melodies of acoustic tunes of the soft hum of a classical piano piece gently floating through the air, seamlessly blending with the crackling of a fireplace. It’s a soothing backdrop that evokes a sense of tranquility and comfort in every corner of your home.

Blankets folded and hung on a wooden ladder

As you begin to cozy up your own home this winter, remember that creating a warm and inviting space isn’t just about aesthetics – it’s about crafting an environment that nurtures comfort and relaxation.

Find the home of your dreams and transform it into a warm, cozy sanctuary where you’ll be happy to wait out the winter!