We’re all spending a lot more time in our homes these days during this strange season of COVID-19 isolation. So, we are on a mission to help people create warm and welcoming homes they will never want to leave. This blog goes into some detail as we share our top tips to create a cosy home and will discuss basic design and room by room considerations to help you make a cosy house not only for for yourself and your family, but also for your (future) guests too.
Having the sort of home that you want to stay in where your friends and family (hopefully soon for those of you living in Victoria) want to return to again and again can be extremely gratifying.
Creating an inviting home especially during this time when most of us are spending SO much time indoors, will help everyone feel more comfortable and be a more enjoyable space to be in. At the same time, a cosy home means some thoughtful design considerations, as well as a little regular cleaning and decluttering.
Keep in mind that every element of your home helps to form an impression and create a cosy home. This process begins the moment people enter the house. While first impressions, such as an inviting entrance mat and a drop zone with a console table for your keys and bags etc., there are a lot of measures that you can take throughout your home to make it a warmer, cosier place for the family and your guests to feel at home.
The Benefits of Creating an Inviting Home
Depending on your lifestyle and interior décor preferences, these tips to create a cosy home will help your space be more inviting. Additionally, they will help you to express your personality in a non-verbal way to welcome people into your home as a gathering and living place where your friends and family can visit, hang out and spend time with you. An inviting home also helps to communicate and foster your unique personality and décor tastes. As important as it is to present a nice home to your guests, it’s also important that you enjoy living in your home. In other words, one key to a cosy home is that YOU would want to spend time in it… especially during this extended COVID19 season with many of us in isolation.
The Importance of Regular Cleaning Sprees
A clean and uncluttered home is one of the key aspects that will allow everyone to feel comfortable in the home. If you want people to feel at home in your place, it’s important to keep up on your cleaning not only for hygiene reasons, but also when restrictions lift and you can again have people pop over to socialise, it’s easier to keep everything in place.
- Consistent cleaning keeps your home smelling great. One thing that has an undeniable influence on how you can feel in your home is the way that it smells. Regular cleaning will help you get rid of anything likely to cause recurrent odours. It offers the perfect time for you to open the windows and air out your home. It’s also important to introduce new better smells and fragrances as you clean. Burning candles are a great option to create a signature fragrance for your home.
- When you clean frequently, you can go beyond the obvious. When guests are about to come over, you’re most likely to do a surface cleaning by vacuuming, putting away dishes and cleaning the sink, cleaning the toilet, and tidying small clutter areas. For most homes, though, this isn’t enough. Regular cleaning allows you the opportunity to achieve a deeper clean so that you can make better first impressions. This might mean setting up a chore rotation or scheduling a time each week to declutter, tidy, scrub, and eliminate clutter.
- You will feel more comfortable in your clean home every day. A clean and comfortable home is not just for your guests to enjoy, but it’s also a necessity for you to appreciate your home. If you’re comfortable and happy in your own space, it’s likely that others will catch on too. You deserve a clean space as much as anyone coming to visit, and regular cleaning can help you keep it nice and tidy.
Using Colour Properly Throughout the House
Colours and textures have a powerful effect on mood, atmosphere, and light distribution. Your paint colour plays a large part in making your home appear warmer and more cared for. Here are a few tips for choosing colours and colour schemes around your home:
- Use the 60-30-10 Rule. This is a technique in decorating that calls for using 60 percent of a dominant colour , which is normally also the wall colour , 30 percent of a secondary colour , most often also used in the upholstery, and ten percent for an accent colour developed by the accessories. The 60-30-10 rule applies from room to room, so not all the rooms of your home need the same colour scheme.
- For a dull room, try contrasting warm and cool tones. Using muted colours , contrast warm and cool tones to offer just enough interest to lessen a dulled or boring room.
- Dramatise a small room with monochromatic colour. This is a great option for a bathroom, small kitchen, or even a smaller guest room. When you go for a monochromatic look, you can pull off just about any colour, vibrant or muted. In this case, be thoughtful about choosing a complimentary neutral. While a bright white can be a good option for making a bathroom look clean, you might want a softer grey or beige in a more lived-in room.
- Use colours to create calm spaces. Softer colours, including browns, lighter greys and neutrals, or pale blues can make a space feel calm and friendly.
- Go for a light-coloured paint when trying to reflect light. Light-toned and vibrant paint colours can make a room appear warmer and more inviting. They are also better at reflecting light. Opt for these over darker colours, which can make a room appear smaller and less inviting.
- Use fabrics and textiles to add colour as well as texture. Your upholstery and textiles are an important part of introducing colour into your home. Different fabric materials have different associations and textures, so be sure that you’re giving off the right vibe. For example, sheepskin throws or faux fur and suede’s will make a space feel warmer, while light and breezy cottons help to make an area feel light and open.
- Paint an accent wall to create a focal point. Accent walls give you a powerful pop of colour that draws in guests, focuses their attention, and allows the space to feel more coherent. Keep in mind that “far walls” make the best accent walls. Using a “near wall,” on the other hand, could contribute to making the space look cluttered or busy.
- Add in touches of black to ground the space. If you’re finding that your room is lacking clarity, it can be helpful to add some black furniture or accessories. These can be simple accents, such as a black vase, candle vessel, lamp, or bookshelf.
Use Lights to Your Advantage
Lighting is one of the most important parts of helping your home to feel calming and cosy. Your home should be well-lit since your guests will always gravitate toward the brighter areas of the home.
However, it’s important to also be aware of the temperature of your lighting. Bright shouldn’t equate to lighting that is clinically cold. There are many light bulbs that offer a warm or natural spectrum atmosphere.
To consider how you can improve the lighting in your home, consider:
- How many light sources are there in the room? Having more than one source of light in any room is important to help the light illuminate the corners of the room and create a cosy feeling. If you have too few light sources, use task lighting, including lamps, candles, and even string lights to create ambience.
- Is the light coming from different levels? Using primarily overhead lighting isn’t flattering for anyone. You can fix this by varying the height and levels of your lighting.
- How do you feel about the lighting fixtures themselves? Light is only one aspect of a lighting fixture. Sometimes we need the light but dislike the appearance of the fixture that holds it. Or, you may really enjoy a certain fixture but it’s the wrong fit for the area.
- Do you have focal lighting? Clustering some of your lighting together can help to direct your guests to focal points and points of interest, particularly as it starts to get dark. This is especially true for a kitchen breakfast bar.
- Are you using cool-tone or warm-tone light bulbs? Lighting that is too cool-toned can appear clinical and unflattering. While we recommend natural spectrum or cool white lights throughout most of your home to keep things level, if there’s an area that you want to feel cosier, opt for a warm-toned bulb. To tell whether your lights are cooler or warmer toned, check their kelvin rating. The higher the number, the cooler the lighting is. The average cool white bulb is 5000k and warmer lights tend to be around 3000k.
- Could you use a few night lights? Nightlights are a low-impact addition that will make your guests feel right at home. They can be very helpful to help navigate an unfamiliar house. Guest and hall bathrooms are one of the best spots for a night light.
- Have you considered smart lights? Smart lights allow you to change the colour and temperature of your lights depending on mood and time of day. They easily dim, giving you full control over the atmosphere set by your lighting. Many connect with voice controller applications and timers.
Beautifying Your Home Room by Room
When it comes to creating a comfy home, each room may take on a different tone and purpose, depending on how you use and decorate it. Some rooms are for entertainment, and other rooms, such as a study or office can offer a space for quieter moments. The idea is to identify how you use each room and arrange it to match this purpose. This harmony between space and purpose will help you and your guests orient themselves in your home.
Tips to Create a Cosy Living Room
The living room tends to be the second heart of the home, after the kitchen. This is where most people do the majority of their entertaining, as well as their day-to-day unwinding. When putting together an inviting living room, it’s good to remember to make it a comfortable living space.
Choosing Living Room Furniture
Ultimately, it’s important to pick furniture that suits your needs. For example, If you often host large groups, you might consider furniture that can accommodate many people. However, if you often have overnight or weekend house guests, you might prefer to offer relatively secluded seating away from other entertainment, such as a reading chair. To determine what you need, keep an eye on how you and your guests use the space, then adapt the furniture to fill in the gaps.
- Design around the focal point. Most living rooms have a focal point, so one key is to find the focal point and design your furniture around it. At the same time, consider colour and the vibe that you want your living room to give off.
- Size and fit matter. It’s important that your furniture fits the space you have. Guests will feel better with less furniture in cramped spaces than cramming everything in despite the size. At the same time, having very small furniture that does not fill out a larger space can make a space feel uncomfortably empty.
- Think about how you will arrange it. Furniture harmony play a large part in how your home looks and feels. To achieve a balance, try not to overcomplicate your designs. Furniture should have room to navigate around without too much difficulty. Use open designs when setting up furniture to keep things from feeling cramped.
- Look for higher quality furniture that won’t fall apart after a year or two. Higher quality furniture will have a sturdy wooden frame. This also means choosing materials that are durable and won’t wear out on you too quickly. Microfiber and leather both offer better stain resistance that you will not get with cotton.
DIY Projects for a Cosy Living Room
- Use faux greenery to create atmosphere. High-quality faux flowers are great to decorate with since they won’t die and still give off feelings of warmth and cosiness.
- Add texture with interesting bookshelves. Use bookshelves for storage, displaying accessories, and books of course. The display of your bookshelf can offer a sense of balance and texture. However, it’s important to make sure not to clutter them.
- Make your own custom window treatments. Custom window treatments can completely transform the appearance of a room while also offering you more privacy and control over the interior lighting.
- Define a zone and create an anchor point with floor rugs. Floor rugs are an excellent way to add texture to a room and introduce colour as well as create a visual zone in a large family room or dining room. Floor rugs also anchor furniture in the zone and really help to create a cosy ambience.
- Use optical illusions to make a small space appear larger. One of the most important optical illusions you can put in your home is a mirror. Not only does it help to give the illusion of expanding a cramped space, but it also helps to reflect and redistribute lighting.
- Create unique or signature furniture. Reupholster and personalise a signature piece of furniture to add your own personality into your home. This will help the home feel more one of a kind.
- Artworks and don’t be afraid to hang your photos. Seeing beautiful wall art and photographs around a home can be comforting for guests. It helps them gain insight into the people who live in the house while offering a point of interest to spark conversation. It also demonstrates care and concern for your loved ones.
A clean and nice bathroom is a necessity for hosting any guest who will be visiting for more than an hour or two, particularly if you intend to feed them. However there are many styles for a bathroom, and no one will fault you for opting for your own. The key is to keep it clean, hide away anything unsavoury, and provide a few amenities that will help your guests feel right at home.
Don’t shy away from using rugs to warm up the bathroom, and we’re not just talking about bath mats. Instead, many people are using decorative and textural floor rugs to decorate their bathrooms.
How to Keep Your Bathroom Smelling Nice
Frequent cleaning is non-negotiable for a fresh-smelling bathroom. No matter what fragrances you layer over an odour, the smell will continue to show up if the bathroom is unclean. If you can’t tell where the phantom smells are coming from, make sure to clean out drains, as well as places where odours might linger, such as floor mats.
- Use an electric diffuser with essential oils, a reed diffuser or scented candles. These home fragrance options will puff out fragrance at regular intervals. Try not to choose an overly floral scent, instead opting for something that smells like clean linens or spices.
- Ensure your bathroom has good ventilation. If it doesn’t have a good vent and fan, it may risk growing mould. This is worth installing and making it easy to turn on with a quick switch.
- Luxury soaps offer an opportunity for guests to indulge. Additionally, their subtle scents can help contribute to a good overall atmosphere in your bathroom.
DIY Projects For an Organised Bathroom
- When something feels off in the bathroom, it’s probably the lighting. Good bathroom lighting is very important for helping guests to relax, groom themselves in the mirror, and even use the mirror as a vanity to put on makeup. If your bathroom lighting is too low-intensity or oddly coloured, this can be a problem. If you notice that the lighting in your bathroom is less than welcoming, you might make a DIY change, to both add some style into the fixtures and make sure they help your guests to relax and ready themselves.
- Make your own over-the-toilet storage and shelving, using an old wooden ladder. This can be a good place to hang towels while also creating a shelf for toiletries.
- Install hooks on the wall. Extra hooks can give you a lot of use and flexibility, including hanging towels, steaming out clothes, hanging a dop kit, or whatever else your guests may need.
- Install floating shelves for bathroom amenities. Most bathrooms don’t have a lot of cabinet or storage space, so installing a few floating shelves can solve many of your storage problems.
- Install a great shower head and shower filter. Bathing is one of those frequent luxuries that everyone can feel good about. Many people leave the shower in a good mood, and with a top-notch shower head, you can help make their mood even better.
A Welcoming Kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and with our tips to create a cosy home you can make it a thoroughly welcoming space by providing a few necessary essentials.
Essential Tools Any Good Host Should Have in Their Kitchen
- Comfy seating at the breakfast bar, ideally a row of kitchen bar stools
- Good overhead task lighting and hanging a row of pendant lights also look very stylish
- A coffee maker, tea infuser and filtered water
- Basic cooking utensils
- Serving plates, tapas bowls and platters
- Dishes, cups, bowls, and mugs
- Wine glasses, a corkscrew and bottle opener
Picking a Colour Palette For Your Kitchen
Most colours can easily belong in the kitchen, making this colour scheme truly up to you. While many people like a kitchen made of warm and restful neutrals, kitchens are one of the few places in the home that can easily sport the most vibrant colour, such as bright reds, blues, or greens. At the same time, you want to be sure that your kitchen colour palette still follows the usual rule of picking colours, and blends with your overall design aesthetic so it doesn’t look too chaotic. Stick with the two main colours and add in a useful neutral and you can’t go wrong.
DIY Projects For an Organised Kitchen
- Make a subway tile backsplash. If you have a large kitchen this can fall into more of a renovation. Never fear though, subway tiling doesn’t go out of style, offers customisable colours, and it’s easy to install as a DIY project. Or, if you are having trouble with the traditional tiling, you might opt to use stick-on tiles or a full glass backsplash.
- Install hanging pot and pan storage. Once you get used to hanging storage for your pots and pans in your kitchen, you’ll never want to go back. You can easily DIY hanging your pots and pans from a wall rack, or by installing a hanging rack from the ceiling of the kitchen.
- Organise and label your spices out in the open. Well organised spices, whether you’re storing in the pantry, drawer or open shelving they can still look attractive with glass bottles or an aesthetic rack, while showing off a few of your own spice preferences.
Some people use their dining room frequently when entertaining guests and others won’t spend a lot of time in it and prefer to eat in the family room or at the breakfast bar. It all depends on the way your family lives and the kind of events that you enjoy hosting. For example, those who host dinner parties might put a lot of time into making their dining room inviting.
The old notion of a stuffy formal dining room with its china cabinet and infrequently used finery, however, is not always necessary. With our tips to create a cosy home and the right styling and furniture, you can make your dining room as cosy a space as any of the other rooms in your home, so that when you invite friends to wine and dine, they’ll want to stay awhile.
Choosing a Dining Table
Picking your dining room furniture is all about picking a table. The rest, such as a small bar, or display cabinet, will follow.
Your dining table should fit in your space. Allow room for guests to be able to scoot their chairs in and out without worrying about banging up your furniture. It’s commonly recommended that you should have three feet of breathing room on all sides of your table.
Additionally, a table that is too large will dwarf a room, making it feel stuffy, which will have an effect on making larger meals feel uncomfortable. Also, consider the shape of the room. A round table fits nicely into a square room, whereas an oval table might be better for a more rectangular room.
Pick a table that is built to last. The average dining table should last about ten years if not more. This means that you may not want to choose the trendiest table you see, as it may become dated before its lifespan is up. The best dining tables are simple, stable, and sturdy.
The Ideal Colour Palettes For Your Dining Room
- Soft neutrals won’t let you down. If you’re nervous about putting intense colours in your dining room, go for a lighter neutral, such as a soft grey, beige, or white.
- Make a deep accent-wall focal point. For a smaller space, it can be helpful to go deep with one of your walls, such as with brilliant navy, lush brown, or rich terracotta. Just make sure that you have adequate lighting so that your dining room doesn’t appear too dark.
- Use vibrant pastels. You can’t go wrong with a lighter or pastel version of your favourite colour. This is common with lighter grey-pinks and soft jade shades.
- Metallics touches bring the right timeless elegance. Pop in some metallic accents particularly gold or brass which can be done easily with candles or a brass mirror to warm up a stuffy dining room.
DIY Projects for the Perfect Dining Room
- Keep fresh flowers in the dining room. Fresh flowers offer a beautiful and timeless touch to any area, and they are particularly beloved on the dining room table. Make sure to change the water and continue clipping the stems to help your fresh flowers last as long as possible. Rather than concentrating all your flowers in one spot, consider splitting the bouquet to make multiple smaller arrangements that you can distribute throughout the house.
- Create a Dining Table Centrepiece for Each Season. Centrepieces on a table help to add charm and intentionally use empty space. When in doubt, opt for fresh flowers. Or, DIY your centrepieces with seasonal and holiday-inspired arrangements.
How to Arrange a Bedroom
To begin with, the bed doesn’t have to be huge. Instead, it should properly fit the size of the room. One of the keys to a good looking bedroom is the bedding. High-quality bed sheets, a nice quilt cover, and ornamental cushions to fill out the space help to tie the room décor together. Additionally, keeping a throw blanket on the endof the bed not only adds additional texture and interest, but it also helps you feel more comfortable.
When picking out colours for your bedroom, it can be helpful to consult a colour wheel. Since the bedroom is meant to be a casual and relaxing space, it’s best to choose colours that are near to each other on the colour wheel, such as blues and greens.
Tips on Bedroom Furniture
- Give yourself some discrete storage. It can be a good idea to make sure that all furniture doubles as storage space. This can include a bedside table with drawers, or a blanket ladder to hang throws when not in use.
- Add a comfy seat. In most cases, this would be an armchair in the room, ideally in an unused corner near the window. If there’s space you can also add a small pedestal table and lamp. This will provide your with a place to sit, aside from the bed, any time you need a calm place of your own to retreat to.
DIY Projects for a Cosy Bedroom
- Add house plants. House plants play an important part in making a bedroom feel lived in and naturally clean the air and add more oxygen to the room. They are an easy way to make a space cosy without over-decorating a space that might see limited use.
- Add a clothes hamper. Hampers help to keep clean clothes and away from the stale clothes you need to wash. It also gives you a place to discard used towels or linens if you decide to change the sheets.
- Install a floating shelf to act as an end table. If you don’t have space or the furniture for a bed end table, don’t sweat it. Make your own shelf with enough space for a small bedside lamp and other bedside necessities.
There’s a lot you can do to make your home inviting. Even if there are still restrictions around having people gather in your home, it is a great time to declutter and cosy up the rooms in your home in readiness for when restrictions lift. The best way to go about this is to think about what kind of events you want to host in the future, so that you can plan what spaces your home will need a refresh. Then, once you know what you want, you can begin working room by room to design a home that is enjoyable to be in and makes everyone feel welcome.