How to Make your Room Cozy – a Step by Step Guide

We get it, sometimes all you want to do is learn how to make your room cozy.

It’s that time of year when it’s time to hunker down, enjoy good food, good company, and get all warm and cozy at home.

And what better way to embrace the new season and the changing environment than by turning your home a comforting and snuggly sanctuary.

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You might be in rented digs where you can’t do permanent decoration with projects like painting or hanging wallpaper, but if you want to refresh your home decor seasonally then starting with a neutral base is a benefit.

Here are some of my favorite decor items for the changing season

Chesapeake Bay woodland berry scented candle

Chesapeake Bay Woodland Berry Candle

We're loving this fresh scent for the cooler months
Copper photo frame

Umbra Copper Photo Frame

We really dig this stylish frame in on-trend copper
Rustic Fall Vases for Farmhouse look

Rustic Vases

These vases are full of rustic charm and will look brilliant with any fall decor

Keep walls, floors, window coverings, and furniture in versatile muted shades like creams, grays, and greiges, then change things up throughout the year with accents and accessories. You can completely change the look of the room, no matter what the season. – and it’s fun to put old things away and bring out the new as the weather changes.

Starting with a blank canvas, here’s how to turn your home into a warm and cozy dream!

Make your Room Cozy with Color

When it comes to fall color schemes, look at all the shades you see in the natural environment: rich oranges and soft reds, honey, amber, mustard, and warm yellow. These are the colors to look for in rugs, pillows, and cushions, throws, blankets, art, and ornaments.

warm and cozy living rooms

We recommend first choosing a palette, or using a color wheel to identify colors that sit well together to ensure a consistent rather than haphazard look. Creating a mood board using Pinterest or a similar tool can also help to organize your ideas.

Scents to Make a Room Cozy

Scent diffuser sticks are brilliant for home fragrance throughout summer, but nothing gives off cozy like some glowing scented candles or a soothing oil burner. These methods also mean you can soak up every gorgeous scented moment because, unlike diffuser reeds, you only use them when you’re in the room. Choose warming and relaxing cozy aromas like orange and cinnamon, or go for fresh woodland and winterberry scents to instantly transport you to a Scandi log cabin.

warm and cozy living rooms

Adding Throw Pillows and Blankets

No warm and cozy living room would be complete without layers of touchably soft and snuggly pillows and blankets.

For blankets, choose natural fabrics and soft textures in coordinating tones. Layer them up over your couch or leave somewhere easy to grab like a natural seagrass basket, to wrap yourself in whilst watching a movie or reading.

warm and cozy living rooms

For cozy throw pillows, invest in a set of plump and squishy inserts to use all year round, then change the covers according to the season. It also saves on space if you only have to store the covers in the downtime.

Some of our cozy decor favorites

Warm and Cozy Mug

Enamel Mug

Hot drinks taste better when served in cute mugs - fact! This is the perfect gift for any beverage lover
Seagrass basket with inner pot

Seagrass Blanket Basket

This practical seagrass basket comes with a plastic inner pot to hold plants or for just keeping it's shape
Cozy Grey Knitted Blanket

Gray Blanket

Nothing beats snuggling under a warm blanket and this neutral gray knit ticks all the right boxes

How to Make your room Cozy with Rugs

We love soft and cozy thick-pile rugs, ideal for curling up barefoot and getting into a good book or hosting an indoor picnic on movie night. Go for dark colors on the floor in the living room if food or drink might be spilled.

warm and cozy living rooms

Faux sheepskin rugs are super-popular for that warm and cozy by-the-fireside look, however, unless your living room is rarely used, we’d save them for use in the bedroom instead. They aren’t very forgiving in high-traffic areas like your living room; but they’ll look dreamy and romantic in your bedroom, and feel amazing underfoot when you get out of bed on a frosty winter morning!

Plants and Flowers for a Cozy Look

The start of winter or fall doesn’t mean you have to forgo fresh flowers in your decor. Instead of the matchy and fussy, full arrangements of spring and summer, pick natural-looking textured wildflowers and vibrant berries with lots of foliage and leaves. The more random, the better. Or for a lower maintenance way to bring the outside in, use dried twigs and flowers in autumnal golden hues.

warm and cozy living rooms

Make Your Room Cozy with Lighting

Scented candles are an essential cozy addition to your living room. To add to the soft, candlelit glow, put clusters of differently sized pillar candles around the room.

If you like the look of candles, but not the flames – or want something more child or pet-friendly – flickering faux candles with LED candles can be left unattended.

Flameless LED candles

Flameless LED candles

These candles come with a handy remote control and feature a 24-hour timer

In addition to candlelight, lamps with dimmable bulbs are super cozy and can save energy compared to a large ceiling light. They can also be used in a corner of the room to create a comfy reading nook.

warm and cozy living rooms

Essential Decor Items

Now you have your cozy all set up, fill the room with all the things that are meant to be enjoyed in simplicity and comfort, either in company or as part of your self-care routine. Think good books, board games, and puzzles, cozy socks or slippers, a mobile speaker for your relaxing playlist. And don’t forget to place photo frames of all your favorite people around the room to encourage the warm and fuzzy feelings.

Now, sit back, relax and enjoy!

If you’re seeking a chilled out vibe, then you’ll want to read our tips for the best way to enjoy a restful morning for the most soothing start to the day.

Don’t go without taking a look at these essentials for the cooler months

Chic marble mug

Marble Geometric Mug

This chic ceramic mug is the stylish choice for cozy fall decor that will look good all year round
Wood lantern for candles

Distressed Wood Lantern

The perfect finishing touch for a warm glow, we recommend pairing with an LED flameless candle on a timer
CozyChic Heathered womens Knit Socks

CozyChic Heathered Socks

These supremely soft knitted socks are machine washable and come in a range of colors

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alreadySo many snuggly ideas, I feel warmer and cozier just reading this!

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