Five Easy Decorating Ideas
Want to bring a warm, cozy and inviting feeling to your home? Color, smart accents and the right lighting can easily do the trick.
Warm Up the Walls
Surround yourself with warmth. Walls are the perfect canvas for welcoming decor.
- Paint your walls in shades of red, orange, yellow or brown. It’ll help create a cozy feeling. Concerned these colors might be too bold? Use toned-down and neutral versions of warm shades — like creams and khakis — or give just one feature wall a spicy punch of color.
- Paint built-in shelves and kitchen cabinets, too. Think buttery-yellow cupboards, roasted-brown bookcases and merlot-inspired mantels.
- Hang mirrors to spread natural light. Look for frames with chunky-wood grain, warm paint colors or soft metallic finishes (gold, copper and bronze).
Light It Up
Warm light is calming. It’s also one of the fastest, easiest and most affordable ways to make a change.
- Light some candles. Pillars, votives or simple candlesticks in warm or neutral tones provide a natural glow.
- Have a few dark corners in your home? Plug in low, floor-based lights to brighten them up.
- Use yellow bulbs instead of white ones — they’ll provide a warmer, more soothing effect.
Textures make all the difference in a home. Modern, slick and sleek designs will seem cold, while nubby, natural fibers bring in the warmth.
- Add comfort and style to couch, chairs or bed with accent pillows and throw blankets made from touchable fabrics like wool, velvet or suede. Choose red, orange, yellow or neutral colors.
- Bare floors can be cold on the toes and to the eyes. Pick up some decorative area rugs.
- Hang warm-toned, billowy drapes and curtains. Don’t want to change up your existing curtains? Add a dash of color and save money with curtain tie-backs in your preferred warm shade.
Accents and accessories add personality and a lovely lived-in feeling to a home. They can also come right from your backyard or imagination!
- Personal objects are the perfect pick-me-up for a room. Display unusual hardcover books and other collectables that show your family’s interests.
- Place photos and artwork throughout your home. Don’t have any prints in your decor scheme? Create them! Give your kids some red, yellow and orange paints (or your favorite warm shades) and frame their masterpieces.
- Collect natural treasures from your neighborhood. Warm decor items are available every season in the form of shells, pebbles, flowers, leaves, pinecones or harvest produce. Display them in clear or white bowls and vases and let their colors shine through.
Appeal to the Senses
We’ve covered sight and touch — but what about the other senses? Smells and sounds also foster relaxation in your home.
- Use diffusers, plug-ins or scented candles to bring your favorite comforting scent — like coffee, vanilla, cinnamon or pumpkin pie — to the rooms of your choice.
- Match the season with appropriate soothing or upbeat music.
- Serve classic comfort foods. Not only are they tasty, treats like oatmeal cookies, apple pie and hot chocolate make the house smell fantastic.
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