Is there a room in your home that feels a bit cold and uninviting? A room lacking a certain something that gives a space warmth and personality? Want to avoid creating such a room? Then keep reading! Below are some sure-fire ways to imbue a room with that cozy, lived-in feeling that truly says home.
More Mixing, Less Matching
Avoid matching furniture sets. A room with pieces too similar to one another can feel sterile and impersonal, like a catalogue spread or showroom. So mix things up a little! Already have a matching set? Try breaking it up into different rooms. In the market for new furniture? Focus more on buying pieces you like, rather than making sure they match. Eclectic is in! It’s how you combine pieces of seemingly disparate styles that give your room personality that is uniquely you.
A room that;s too dark or too bright is hardly one that feels cozy and welcoming. Your light bulbs can make a difference: those rated 3,500K or higher cast a cool, bluish light; for a warmer, softer glow, opt for 2,700K-3,000K. Take the edge off harsh overhead lighting by installing dimmer switches. Be sure to balance your light sources by having floor or table lamps in opposing sides of the room, rather than just a single overhead light fixture.
Colour Your World
If painting walls in neutral hues is, as home sellers are advised, a way to de-personalized interiors before entering the market, then it stands to reason that vibrant, bold colours are an effective way to add personality to a room. Want that large or open-concept space to feel more intimate and cozy? Paint it a dark colour, which has the effect of bringing the walls in. Warm, energetic colours – red, yellow & oranges – will make a room feel just that.
Get in Touch
If your décor falls flat, the problem may be texture – or rather lack of it. A design element that’s every bit as important as colour, texture gives spaces a sense of dimension. There’s no shortage of ways to make a room more inviting to the touch, for example: seating upholstered in brushed corduroy; weathered wood tables,; plush wood area rugs, velvet drapes, suede accent pillows, chenille throws,and even textured wallpaper. Just don’t overdo it! Too many textured touches in a room can be overwhelming on the eyes.
It’s the Little Things
There’s a reason plants are considered an ideal house-warming gift – they add life to a room, as do the photos you frame, the artwork you hang and that collection of books (or records, or tea pots) you display. Nothing expresses your unique style and personality quite like all those little accessories that are the last things put in a room, thus completing it. Finishing touches like these tend to be the things in our home that guests find most inviting.