If you’ve been daydreaming of sipping warm drinks from mugs while curled up on your couch, you aren’t alone—Fall weather tends to have that effect on people. A warm apartment, complete with all the trappings of a cozy sanctuary, can provide a comforting space for you to relax and unwind. Creating that “cozy” feeling in your home isn’t difficult, and we’re here to dish out the secrets to achieving it. Here are some simple ways to make your apartment feel cozy, just in time for fall weather.
Display Family Photos
You know that feeling you get when you admire the family photos on display in a family’s members home? While you can’t bottle that feeling up to take home, you can recreate the feeling in your own apartment. Try incorporating some family photos into your apartment decor to create a welcoming, cozy environment within your home. You can pick up some affordable frames at a thrift store and even print out some of your online photos to put in the frames in order to achieve this look for little cost.
Use Your Blankets as Accessories
Few things evoke feelings of comfort and warmth like blankets. If cozy is what you’re going for, the more blankets the merrier. Invest in a few blankets with various textures, then put them on display in your living room when you aren’t using them. You can drape blankets over your couch, or roll them up and put them in a basket for a quaint room accessory. Your apartment will feel extra cozy, and your friends will appreciate the additional blankets when they come over for movie night.
Stick with Soft Lighting
Cozy spaces tend to be dimly lit—overhead light fixtures don’t usually coincide with a cozy vibe. Instead of using your standard ceiling lights, try using lamps as the main light source. The softer lighting will help create a soothing atmosphere within your home, perfect for curling up on the couch with a good book. Check out your local thrift store for affordable lamp options, and try playing around with different styles for an eclectic look. If you’re not a lamp person, another option is to use your holiday string lights as year-round decor. The “fairy light” variety, in particular, can effortlessly create a cozy vibe in no time. Put them in a mason jar for a make-shift little lamp, or hang them on your walls for display.
Choose Sweet Scents
A sweet-smelling apartment can give your home a cozy, inviting feel without the use of any added visuals. Certain scents have the power to actually affect our mood, so choose wisely. Filling your home with a sweet, relaxing scent, such as lavender or vanilla, can help you to relax and settle into your cozy space. Similarly, picking a seasonal scent such as pumpkin can complement your fall fever while filling your home with cozy vibes. If you aren’t a fan of scented candles but still want a sweet-smelling home, check out some of our favorite alternatives here.