I often get the question of: "How do you make your spaces look cozy?"
1. In terms of lighting, you need three lighting sources, such as lamps, in each room. This is aside from the overhead lighting. Lamps cast a warm rosy glow about the room. I love them in kitchens too.
2. Layer. I layer quilts a lot. I not only layer them on couches and beds, I also put them up on walls. Quilts engender a feeling of being protected. I like the simple patchwork made from scraps best.
3. Books. You may not think that books lend a feeling of coziness. But your books are an expression of who you are. I just love to sit in someone's room and let my eyes glide over the kinds of books they have on their shelves.
4. Let in the natural light. It's your private window to nature. And it changes depending on the seasons. It casts light in your space and gives it a feeling of warmth.
5. Gallery walls lend a very cozy feeling. So many things in one place, arranged somewhat randomly. It tells an aspect of the personality of the person who lives there. And they are just fun to look at.
6. Collections. Put them on display, but don't overdo. If you have a collection of soup tureens or ironstone pitchers, too many will take away from the whole vignette. Pick your favorites and let them be the stars of the show.
7. Throw pillows. They soften the corners of furniture and add to the cozy factor.
8. Rugs. I can't have rugs in my indoor spaces. Because somewhere along the line, my dogs decided they were puppy pads. But there's nothing prettier than a nice rug over hardwood floors or other solid flooring.
9. Candles. Nothing changes the ambiance of a room more than candles. Light one for yourself each day. (Of course keep an eye on it and don't leave it burning if you leave the room!) You will enjoy the fragrance, and the small flame gives one a feeling of coziness.
10. Your bedroom. Once again, layer. Quilts, throws, blankets. Pretty shams or pillows. It will invite you in each night. So make your bed up with lots of texture and layers.
These are my tried and true tips for making a space cozy. Do you have any to add?