Contrary to what many people think, a room doesn't have to be small to be cozy. But it does have to be warm and comfortable. You might be measuring a room's “cozy quotient” by strict definitions, but coziness really comes down to a feeling.
It's true a room exudes coziness – beckoning you and overcoming you with easy familiarity – or it doesn't. This doesn't mean a cool, aloof room is forever shackled to that destiny. In fact, if you're striving to make your home feel cozy, try five surefire tips relatively simple to incorporate in any room:
Burnish the “cozy quotient”
Add a warm paint color.
In general, light colors tend to make a room feel lighter and bigger while warm colors – mustard, brown, coral and green – can make a room feel smaller and more inviting. If you're skittish about making a huge color change, consider painting the dominant wall in the room a warm color. It can become a transforming focal point.
Make a wall (or even a partial wall) of photos.
You may not want to smother that warm-colored wall with photos, but a photo montage on another wall can infuse a room with energy and visual interest. Photos can be magnetic, enticing visitors to take a closer look and family members to bask in that feeling of easy intimacy.
Create a nook.
Nothing says, “Come in and have a seat” more convincingly than an actual seat – or better still, two seats. Look toward corners to place small chairs and a table or even a vertical stack of books. Expand your reach; bistro tables and even some “outdoor sets” can look surprisingly “at home” indoors.
Add fabric and texture.
Floors are an obvious place to begin. Even if you have carpet, place a colorful throw rug under a main seating area and small throw rugs near doors. Rugs can instantly alter a room's personality – and supply it with one, too. For rooms containing a long wall, consider hanging a curtain panel from floor to ceiling. Pillows and throws can provide the final finishing touches.
Hang fabric shades on the windows.
Reach for the brass ring and achieve the “cozy quotient” by softening the hard surface of windows with the softening influence of window shades. With or without valances, shades are available in a multitude of colors and styles to complement the look of any décor.
Turn to Polar Shades
In addition to making a room feel cozy, shades also offer the benefits of:
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