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7 Essentials for the Coziest Winter Home

by | Jan 10, 2018 | Decorating Inspiration, Seasonal Decorating & Entertaining, Winter Decorating

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7 Essentials for the Coziest Winter Home

House Beautiful

Just because the Christmas decor is put away and the festive mood of the holidays is over doesn’t mean we have to stop creating a snug and cozy home. It’s a good time to embrace winter Hygge! If you aren’t familiar with Hygge, it’s a Danish word for feeling content and cozy.

Here are seven ways to bring more cozy Hygge style comfort to your home, even during the dreariest winter month of the year!

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Layered lights

Even if you feel like you’re lacking in the cozy department, simply addressing your lighting will make a huge difference. Layers of lighting make every room feel more welcoming. In the daytime, natural light is ideal. But for evenings, it’s nice to add a cozy glow. A good rule of thumb is to try to have a least three light sources in every room. Use a mix of table lamps, floor lamps, task lamps, and overhead lighting. Consider using warmer lightbulbs for the coziest ambience.

One of my favorite winter evening rituals is going around the whole house turning on all the lamps, lighting up the dark corners, and turning down the dimmers. It really sets the tone for a cozy evening!

Comforting moments

Your home will offer a sense of comfort when you incorporate some favorite photos of loved ones, treasured hand-me-downs, antiques or flea-market finds, eye-catching conversation starters, art that inspires you, special mementos, or simply things that make you smile.

7 Essentials for the Coziest Winter Home

An inviting aroma

What aroma feels ‘cozy’ to you? Set the tone for your home by filling it up with winter scents that inspire you.

(Find the diffuser and essential oils I recommend here!)

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Touchable textures

The coziest homes contain a variety different textures that delight the eye. Incorporate different touch-worthy materials through pillows, drapery, throw blankets, rugs, lamps, and furniture. The fabric possibilities are endless: velvet, woven, knit, embroidered, grain sack, faux fur, tweed, etc. You can also consider creating contrast with varying materials like metal, wood, glass, rattan, mirrored, painted, and more.

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A place to curl up

Make yourself a special cozy place to relax. A reading chair will be extra cozy with some good books nearby in a basket, a lamp, a footstool, a side table to set a cup of tea, and a soft blanket you can curl up in.

A bit of warmth

Every home can benefit from warmth. No matter what your color scheme, you can add warmth through natural tones like wood, leather, jute, warm metals, etc.

7 Essentials for the Coziest Winter Home

Something living

A room comes to life when an organic element is incorporated into the decor. Every room can benefit from having at least one plant, bouquet of flowers, or even a sprig of greenery like eucalyptus to remind us that spring is on its way.
7 Essentials for the Coziest Winter Home
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7 Essentials for the Coziest Winter Home

What are some other ways you like to make your home cozy in the winter?


  1. Jo Jo

    One of my favorite ways to create hygee in my home is by cooking or baking and having people over to enjoy it! The BEST! ?

  2. sara

    do you have any details on the new linens in the guest room? loving all the cozy grays and texture. thanks!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thanks! They came from a variety of different places, I just collected each layer over time. But if you search “guest room” in my search bar you’ll find quite a few posts that may show some of the bedding items. Also to make it easier to find I try to add many of the items I have in my home to my shop, too, so you may find some of the items there!

      • sara

        thanks! looking for the sheets and buffalo plaid pillow cases. I. love. plaid.

  3. franki

    Works for me!! franki

  4. Ivory

    Your home is fabulous, show warmth, comfort, and very inviting. I love your inviting style. You produced many helpful tips to help me obtain these gorgeous rooms. I too, love creating a quite comfortable spot in my home that’s all for ME. In that spot I love to relax, read your site and others, and just looking outside my window at Mother Nature. Thank you.

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