One of the simplest and least expensive ways to improve your home’s coziness is through lighting. You probably have everything you need already. It is just a matter of using light properly to get the most benefit. Here are a few little tricks that can give your home that ultra cozy feel.
Place candles tactically. The kitchen and den are the places we spend most of our time. Keep candles on the kitchen table and coffee table; the warm glow of candlelight will transform ordinary dinners and couch retreats into an enchanting experience. Choosing scented candles is a powerful way to boost the comfort your home exudes. Learn how to make your own candles.
Use those lamps. Warm, dim lighting makes all the difference in the evening. Turn off overhead lights in favor of small lamp lighting for a more inviting appearance. Light bulbs make all the difference! To avoid harsh, bright lights, choose lower wattage bulbs that produce a soft white light.
Keep out Christmas lights. Christmas lights in July?
We are not suggesting that you keep up flashing lights in your front yard or a Christmas tree (at least visible from the street) all year, but there is definitely a place for tasteful indoor and outdoor lighting year round. For a warm, relaxing glow all year, try placing a strand of lights around…
A fireplace mantle
The top of a screened-in porch
An indoor or backyard plant
An outdoor sitting area
Use the fireplace. If you have a fireplace, use it! It is there for your enjoyment. Unlike other lighting, a fireplace has the added benefit of producing heat, which adds to the comfort of the environment. If you do not have a fireplace, there is no need to worry. Portable fireplaces can be purchased at most home improvement and furniture stores. These “faux” fireplaces still give off the glow and heat of a real fire and make it possible to have a fireplace just about anywhere, transforming ordinary spaces into cozy niches.
Let sunshine in. Sunlight provides a much more relaxing feel than artificial light, making a home seem inviting and cozy. Adding a sunroom or skylight, or simply opening blinds and curtains each morning, are fantastic ways to increase the natural light in your home. During those colder, darker months, it may even help to stave off seasonal depression!
Minimize bright overhead lights in favor of natural light during the day or candles, lamps, or firelight in the evenings. The harshness of overhead lights keeps us in that office-ready mode, preventing us from slowly starting or winding down from our day.
Optimizing the lighting in your home will make it more peaceful and cozy. A few, small changes will leave your home feeling like a log cabin retreat that you will never want to leave! For more ways to make your home cozier, read 6 Simple Tips for Adding Hygge to Your Home.