Rugs. Few things are more beautiful than hardwood floors, but they don't qualify as cozy. Rugs not only help a space feel more cohesive, they also add warmth.
Don't think that a kitchen, with all its steel appliances and cold countertops, can’t feel cozy. With an oversize rug added to the mix, it certainly can.
Layers. This step is key, and fortunately it is both affordable and easy. Start by simply draping throws over your furniture — not only will they come in handy when you want to curl up on the sofa, but they’ll continue to warm the space while you’re away.
Continue by adding lots of throw pillows to your sofa and filling your walls with framed artwork. Don’t go overboard: You want your space to feel collected, not cluttered.
Drapery and other window treatments add additional warm layers to the room and help trap heat indoors.
Books. There is something about piles of books that instantly warms up any space. Fill your shelves with them, place a comfy chair nearby and spend the season catching up on all your favorite reads.
The best thing about books: They can be placed anywhere. Pile them on your coffee table to create another layer for your décor. You will have successfully mastered two cozy looks in one decorating move. Of coure, a fuzzy pooch is a big help, too.
Paint the walls. One of the easiest and most affordable design tricks ever: our beloved, transformative friend, paint. I like this photo because it proves that even a basement room with little natural light can become a cozy escape with the addition of a coat of warm, neutral paint.
Don’t be afraid to go dark with paint — it actually creates a cozy feeling. A white crib and hints of color help this nursery feel bright yet snug at the same time.
Even your bathroom can be made instantly cozy with a coat of deep brown paint and the addition of a comfy chair.
Texture. Here’s to proving that a largely white or neutral space can be cozy: it all depends on texture. If you’re going for this look, make sure your rug, upholstery and accessories have different levels of texture; think of adding a faux sheepskin throw over a suede couch. In this shot, even the marble mantel brings additional texture to the room.
Seating arrangements by the fireplace. There is nothing cozier than a fireplace, so get right up there and enjoy it. You can roast all the marshmallows you want without ever uncrossing your legs.
Nooks. If your home has the architectural benefit of a nook, transform it into a comfy little reading escape.
Small spaces. This is one of the pricier ways to make a snug space, but once you do it, you’ll wonder why you ever waited. If you’ve got an awkward, rather small space that you can’t imagine being useful. Small rooms are instantly cozy due to their intimate nature, so consider transforming it into a reading room or small study.
The attic. The attic is not just for storage. It can be transformed into a snug living space (even more snug if you're lucky enough to have sloped ceilings). It may be a bit of a project, but it's worth it. Outfit it with a fireplace (consider a fake one if a real one isn't possible), a shag rug and comfy furniture, and voila — it's chic, cozy and more room for living!