Nothing makes the cooler months more enjoyable than bundling up in a luxe throw with a cup of tea and relishing in a fragrant scented candle with a good book or a Netflix binge session. Unfortunately, while we’re busy crossing off dozens of presents on our holiday shopping list and getting our homes ready for entertaining season, our wallets aren’t exactly flush with cash for redecorating during this time of year.
Luckily, many small tricks can make your home feel extra cozy without shelling out a ton. That’s why we put together a list of easy ways to make the place you live the coziest, comfiest winter cave ever — without breaking the bank.
1. Faux fur is your friend.
A faux-fur throw feels incredibly luxurious. Whether it’s placed on the back of a chair, draped over the arm of a sofa or even layered over a footstool, the plush texture screams “high end” while providing warmth — aesthetically and in reality. Check discount retailers for inexpensive throws.
2. Arrange candles in clusters.
Candleholders, votives or even simple white pillar candles in various sizes grouped together in clusters make a home feel cozier by creating a warm ambience. They are the ultimate mood setter, and they’re available for pennies. They provide a simple elegance and sophistication that doesn’t betray their real cost.
3. Stack books on books.
Books are an incredibly affordable decor trick for making a home cozier, as they can be purchased en masse without breaking the bank and lend your space the collected feel of a library. Hit up garage and estate sales in your area, and keep in mind that local libraries often hold book sales around the holidays.
4. Poufs are preferred.
Moroccan and similar poufs are less expensive seating options than chairs and sofas, and they project a laid-back and inviting vibe. The cushy pieces close to the ground beckon guests to gather around for a relaxing affair, versus the harder lines of more traditional seating options.
5. Dark paint creates depth and drama.
A can of paint is one of the most cost-savvy ways to transform a room. Though white walls have their place, the airy Scandinavian look isn’t the warmest aesthetic. Instead, deep, dark colors like black, slate-gray, green, burgundy and navy, together with layered textures like faux fur and velvet, evoke the feeling of a cozy hideaway.
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