Whether a room has plain white walls, boring furniture or lacks personal touches, one that is stark is cold and unwelcoming. However, you can warm up your rooms to make them inviting places where your family and guests look forward to spending time. No matter what your personal decorating taste, from sleek contemporary to rustic lodge, you can make your home cozy and comfortable.
Things You'll Need
- Painting supplies
- Throw blankets and pillows
- Folding screens
- Area rugs
- Oriental rugs
Paint the room. Choose soothing colors like light blue, green and grey to relax you, or jewel tones like burgundy, red, and brown to make a large room appear smaller. Painting the ceiling a shade or two lighter will add light without being too oppressive.
Install wood paneling. Panel the walls from floor to ceiling or use wainscoting half way up. Stain the wood a medium to dark color to visually bring the walls closer, creating a more intimate atmosphere. Visually lower the ceiling by adding beams and installing bead board between them.
Light a fire. Literally warm up the room by making the fireplace, if you have one, a focal point and having a fire. Create a conversation area close to it so your family and guests can soak up the warmth and enjoy the sight and sounds of a crackling fire.
Make use of fabrics. Upholster easy chairs and couches in soft, inviting materials like brushed corduroy, suede, faded chintz and chenille. Warm them with throws made of natural fibers like cotton and wool tossed over the backs or draped across the arms. Highlight them with throw pillows in sumptuous fabrics like brocade, linen and silk.
Create rooms within a room. Arrange a dining area at one end of a large living room. Set up more than one conversation area. Divide the spaces with folding screens and floor-to-ceiling draperies or curtains.
Lay large area rugs over wood or tile floors to warm them underfoot. Layer area rugs over wall-to-wall carpet to center conversation areas.
Choose wood coffee and end tables. Avoid having them look too new and fresh from the showroom floor. Distress them for a weathered look. Opt for shabby chic pieces with faded paint.
Display your collections. Give your rooms a personal touch by featuring collections on table tops, mantles and bookshelves.
Display a large painting above the fireplace. Group family pictures in rows above the couch. Put them in the same size and color frames for continuity. Hang tapestries, quilts and Oriental rugs on the walls as art.
- "House Beautiful" magazine: This Is What Cozy Decorating Looks Like
- "Coastal Living" magazine; 50 Colorful, Cozy Spaces
- "The Peaceful Home"; Rachel Newman, et al.; 1998
- Photo Credit Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images
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