How To Instantly Add More Warmth To Your Home Décor

Anyone else in full hygge-mode right now? It’s that time of year where we want to cozy up and enjoy our space to its fullest extent. I know, I know, we’ve been in our homes for months now thanks to quarantine, but making a few simple tweaks to your space can not only revitalize it, but instantly add more warmth to your home décor. Today, we’re sharing six tips that will help create a warm and cozy living space that has nothing to do with turning on your heater.

Lighting is key

via our home tour with Katherine Thewlis

The best way to make a room feel warm is soft, beautiful lighting. Swap out your cooler-toned lightbulbs for warm white ones. Dimmers are very important, as they allow you to set the mood for whatever the occasion. Soft lighting creates a relaxing vibe in a room and makes it feel much more inviting. Rather than hanging bare bulbs or using harsh track lighting, soft lighting – either hidden in the ceiling or created by using shades – makes a living room feel warmer and cozier.

 

Add books

via our home tour with Allie Mood

Books give a room warmth in a way nothing else can. Whether you stack them, scatter them or fill your shelves, books instantly give a room warmth and character. When books are authentically collected, they highlight your interests and passions. Books can have the same effect on us that photos do — each one recalls a moment in time, a story or a place that we don’t want to forget. 

 

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Forget matchy-matchy

via our home tour with Shaylyn Gammon

Fill your rooms with things you love, rather than worrying about whether pieces work together. Mixing and matching furniture styles and colors adds a lot more interest to a space than a matching set. Items that make you feel better, like pictures of family and friends or artwork, a warm couch or even the fireplace are all things that should be highlighted in your home. Adding little touches of personal décor can increase visual appeal as well as drum up happy memories. 

 

Curate your art

via our home tour with Valeria Jacobs

When the wall art is personally curated, it instantly adds warmth to your space. Mix your children’s artwork with your favorite vintage painting you found on vacation. You can also get funky with your frames. Thrift stores or vintage stores are great places to find unique frames that will bring character and warmth to your favorite pieces.

 

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Incorporate vintage pieces

via our home tour with Chelsea Mohrman

There is no better way to warm up a room than with an item that you acquired on a vintage scavenger hunt. Filling the space with these objects gives way to uniqueness and rekindles memories. They don’t have to be family heirlooms. They are charming, often better on your budget and the environment, and bring a touch of whimsy to any room. In fact, purchasing secondhand pieces on Craigslist or in thrift stores can be so rewarding. There’s nothing like the rush of scoring that perfect vintage find!

 

Go for warm woods + metals

via our home tour with Kennesha Buycks

Sometimes those minimalist colors can look too severe when you’re trying to add warmth to your home. Instead of chrome or pine, opt for something like a warm honey-toned or rich walnut piece. Search for antique silver-plated pieces at vintage stores, add a warm brass tray to your coffee table or a mirror to your walls. Boom, instant warmth!

 

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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram