Elements of a Cozy Home

This time of year, as the weather changes, our homes begin to change, too.  Lightweight summer bedding is replaced with warmer blankets.  The air conditioner goes off and the fireplace comes on.  Slippers or thick socks become a household necessity and we spend more time indoors.  But above all, we strive to be….cozy.  Cozy isn’t a look, it’s a feeling – a feeling of warmth and comfort and there are several ways that you can create this feeling in your home.




1.  Surround Yourself With Things {and people} You Love

The most obvious way of being comfortable in your own home is to surround yourself with people you love and enjoy spending time with.  That aside, it’s also important to only buy items that you truly love and have a connection with.

It’s not about surrounding yourself with “stuff”, it’s about using things to make your home a reflection of you and your family.


2. Add Textures

Heavier weight textures in soft materials are a great addition to making a space feel cozy.  Woven baskets, wood accents, and even chunky cable knit pillows help to add Fall texture and create a sense of coziness.  {For more information about Decorating with Texture, read this post.}

Pottery Barn Living Room

Pottery Barn Cable Knit PIllow

{I love the sense of warmth that chunky cable knit pillows add to a sofa. Source here}



3. Include A Great Throw

Physically surrounding yourself with something cozy can instantly change the way you feel.  A great throw that is easily accessible so that you can curl up on the sofa with a good book or a movie is a must!  Cashmere feels luxurious, but the price is often a deterrent to purchase.  Other cozy options include faux fur or a soft plush, like Minky.  A great throw is cozy when wrapped around you, but also helps to add texture to the space even when not in use.

{Isn't this a cute idea?  Via While Wearing Heels}

{Isn’t this a cute idea? Via While Wearing Heels}


4. Use Mood Lighting

Having the right lighting is key year-round, but it is especially important if you want to create a cozy feeling in your home.  Turn off the overhead lights and instead use table lamps, task lighting, or even floor lamps.  The light from these types of lamps help to create shadows in a room, which adds texture and a sense of warmth.


5. Include the Flicker of a Flame

Don’t underestimate the importance of a flame when it comes to creating a cozy space.  The flicker of a flame is mesmerizing and relaxing.  If you have a fireplace, building a fire is a great way to generate warmth and creating a relaxing environment, but even if you don’t have a fireplace, consider lighting a few candles so that the flicker of the flames bounces off the walls.


6. Add a Familiar Scent

Isn’t it funny the way scent is connected to memory?  Certain scents immediately trigger memories of childhood, holidays, and happy times, so consider changing up the scent in your home to help trigger a cozy memory.  Apple spice, pumpkin pie and many other fall scents are great options!

{I am currently  obsessed with my Anthropologie candle and recently discovered their French dessert line of candles}

{I am currently obsessed with my Anthropologie candle and recently discovered their French dessert line of candles}



What’s your favorite go-to way to make your home feel cozy?
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22 comments on Elements of a Cozy Home

  1. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    October 27, 2014 at 7:13 AM (3 years ago)

    Great inspiration photos. I love them all. For me some great pillows and a fabulous throw.

  2. Mary Alice Patterson
    October 27, 2014 at 10:35 AM (3 years ago)

    So many beautiful inspirational photos…and great ideas too!
    Mary Alice

  3. Michelle
    October 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM (3 years ago)

    Beautiful inspirational photos and thought-provoking post.

  4. Leslie Sinclair
    October 27, 2014 at 4:07 PM (3 years ago)

    Oh my goodness there is not much I love more than a cozy space and I would love to have any of those accessories in mine this winter!! Will have to check out those pretty candles too!!
    xo. Leslie
    Segreto Finishes

  5. Gee
    October 27, 2014 at 6:40 PM (3 years ago)

    Added some nubby textures in the sitting room with an old home made quilt and a braided rug. Aaahhh Fall… all about warmth and coziness.
    Great inspirational post.

  6. Garden, Home and Party
    October 27, 2014 at 6:57 PM (3 years ago)

    This time of year is my favorite, in part because I love cool nights and in part because cozy is one of my favorite ways to feel at home.
    I liked the reminders…candles, throws, warm socks. Great post, as usual.

  7. Kyla @ HouseOfHipsters
    October 27, 2014 at 8:10 PM (3 years ago)

    Every single time I see a cable knit sweater and flame I swear, I just want to curl up. Such a cozy thought! Great picks!

    • Tidbits&Twine
      October 30, 2014 at 2:46 PM (3 years ago)

      Hi Kyla – Glad you liked the post! I think being cozy is one of the best things about the winter…it’s not quite cold enough where I live to break out the sweaters, but soon!

  8. Dee
    October 30, 2014 at 1:37 PM (3 years ago)

    I loved your tips! Sadly, I can’t keep my favorite throws out for long without the fur boys attacking them, but I love burning my favorite candles. :)

    • Tidbits&Twine
      October 30, 2014 at 2:25 PM (3 years ago)

      Hi Dee – Oh dear! We’re on the wait list or a puppy…I sure hope he/she doesn’t attack my throws! What would I do without them?! Lol! Have a wonderful Halloween and a nice weekend. :)

      • Deb
        October 6, 2016 at 6:27 PM (11 months ago)

        Please consider rescuing a dog — no waiting list …

  9. Tiffany
    October 24, 2016 at 1:23 PM (10 months ago)

    does anyone know what that cable is called that has the candles in? cant seem to find it anywhere online! :(

  10. Tiffany
    October 24, 2016 at 1:23 PM (10 months ago)

    does anyone know what that cube is called that has the candles in? cant seem to find it anywhere online! :(

  11. Ayesha Sajid
    November 7, 2016 at 1:29 AM (10 months ago)

    Amazing Ideas.
    Loved the entire concept.

  12. marcy
    January 30, 2017 at 10:39 AM (7 months ago)

    Beautiful room! What color is your paint?


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