Making your home more inviting does not have to be as hard as it might seem, no matter the season. In fact, you might have what you need on hand already. There are a few key things that can help your house feel cozier, and you can repeat them throughout for a cohesive look.
Make Your Space Accessible to All
A home that is easy for everyone to get around, even those with limited mobility, tends to be more inviting. Installing a home lift allows you to travel to any level. There are ingenious through the floor home lifts that can be made big enough to accommodate a walker or wheelchair, providing access to anyone you invite into your home.
Get Fresh Flowers
Fresh flowers are a great touch anywhere, and even if it seems like they are a splurge, they can last a while if you change the water every day and trim the stems regularly. The type of flower is important too. Wildflowers are often longer lasting than more delicate flowers, like roses. Putting bouquets in random places in your home can help you feel like they are always in your home instead of just there for celebrations. If you don’t like the idea of keeping something alive, you can always go with faux greenery. Just make sure you get something more realistic looking, as fake greenery tends to look dated.
Use Textiles and Rugs to Warm Up the Place
While laminate and hardwood flooring can be a great perk, it can feel cold underfoot when the weather is cool. Adding more layers between the floor and your feet can help you feel warmer. Plus, it is softer than hard floor. You can even add them in the kitchen and bathroom. If you don’t like the idea of maintaining them, you can still get soft mats that will feel nice underfoot and be easy to mop or wipe down. In the bathroom, you can get a plush mat that will feel soft and cozy when stepping out of the shower. If you get a light color, you can wash them with bleach, so they look new once more.
Add Some Texture
Add items to your house that have texture and that you might be compelled to touch. If you do not have these already, shop for things based on what you feel drawn to touch. This helps add coziness and depth to your space. You can invest in affordable furniture and get woven baskets with pillows and blankets in them, and ensure the blankets themselves have an inviting fabric, like faux fur or chunky knit. You can also mix materials, like wood and leather, or ceramic and fabric.
Arrange your books to be more pleasing by stacking some on their sides and putting them in between other objects. You can even turn them around so the pages instead of the spines show, as this can add a neater look. Or you can group your books by color to make them look more cohesive. If you do not have bookshelves, you could try putting a stack of books here and there.