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When was the last time you added a layer to your home? If your answer involved a question mark or wide eyes, it’s time. Let’s talk about the 5 ways to make your house more cozy.
HOT TIP: Everything comes together when you add layers 😉
This is one of the most approachable and impactful steps to making your house feel more like home [even in the heat of summer!].
I’m talking every inch of your home feeling cozy inside and outside from the dead of winter through blistering heat of summer.
Look around your house. Does it give you all of the cozy feels?
The secret I’m sharing this week is that: it should! We’re talking the 5 ways to make your house feel more cozy.
Let’s bust some myths. You do not need to be ready for a gut renovation. Nor do you need to be ready for a furnishing refresh. You just need to be willing to add a handful of thoughtful layers.
We’re moving right along through my Top 20 List. We’ve purged through the excess, organized the goodness, collected fresh personality, added color, and NOW we are layering it up!
#13 Buy throw blankets with fringe.
#14 Add layers of texture and patterns.
Very literally getting cozy for our key tips on this one.
Fringe adds interest, and you might as well have layers that add interest 👌🏻 Really, the chunkier the throw, the better. The bigger the throw, the better. The more textural the throw, the better. Vary throw blankets throughout a space in color, texture, material, and pattern. We load up on blankets for cool evenings on the patio… no shortage around here!
Place one folded over the arm or back of your chair or sofa. Lay one folded across your ottoman or bench with a tray on top of it. Drape one over the corner of the sectional with throw pillows layered in front of it to avoid it needing to be the “perfect” drape. Roll a few throws with fringe exposed in a basket next to the sofa. They don’t have to match. They kind of need to coordinate. Don’t over-think it.
They are really just a clutch reference point. Grab a few magazines with great graphic covers from the grocery store. Stack them up on a side table under a coaster, or under a lamp. Add books… we’ve talked about books! They are a hugely flexible layer to work with and these layers will make your house feel more cozy!
Play around with a single piece of artwork leaning on a table or a mantle (100% zero commitment with this method). Place a vase or a candlestick in front of it. Lean a smaller piece of artwork against a corner of it. If The front artwork slips, place something behind it to hold it in place. Great design you see in magazines is a lot of smoke and mirrors. Layers hide imperfections in magazines, and in real life!
Pattern, more than texture, is sometimes hard to gain a comfort level with. Mixing patterns can get overwhelming quickly. Take small chances with book covers, artwork, blankets, pillows. You may surprise yourself with your growing comfort level, as you see how these smaller items start to mix in your space. You can then dive into bolder rug and furniture selections. A stair step approach to layering is a great thing. Feel out the process. Add at your own pace. But ultimately, ADD!
Comment below with the next layer you are ready to add to your home.
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