We get it, it’s cold outside and there’s only one thing you want to do: hibernate. But the year isn’t over yet, and there’s still so much to be done before we break for the holidays and binge-watch all the holiday movies in our best loungewear while we’re eating cookies. Who’s with me? Before we get to that though, first things first: We need all the tips we can get for how to make a cozy home.

We’re busying ourselves with getting the house ready for some major napping. And while we’re ready to dial up the comfort, we definitely don’t want to compromise on style. Want to know how to make your home cozy, too? Naturally, we looked to three of our favorite designers—Katie Hodges, Julie Van Daele of Well Received, and Erik Gacia of Maison Trouvaille—to find out, and there is one thing they all agreed on: Don’t skimp on the texture.

Cozy is when you walk into a space and immediately want to kick off your shoes, snuggle into a comfortable piece of furniture, and unwind and just feel relaxed,” says Garcia. “It inspires you to hang out there all day.” We couldn’t agree more. 

photo by Julie Van Daele of Well Received

Hodges also relies on texture when she wants to amp up the cozy factor, but lighting is also key, especially the warmth of a flame. In lieu of a fireplace, she says staggered candle pillars are a beautiful way to add a sense of intimacy and specialness to a space. 

photo by Haris Kenjar for Katie Hodges Design

And don’t forget to mix up your texture, too. Daele says it’s important to fuse knits, faux furs, and velvet, but most importantly, “don’t forget scent!” We’re talking incense, candles, and essential oils. Garcia agrees: “Scents are a great way to feel relaxed, calm, and luxurious.”

If you’re nodding your head in agreement on adding texture but shaking your head at how to make your home cozy and chic, then read on for our designer’s top tips:

  • Layer two different textured pillows in the same color palette to your sofa.
  • Put a throw over your sofa and on your armchairs.
  • Place an accent rug over your larger existing rug.

photo via Maison Trouvaille

Ready to put these tips into practice? Shop our designer’s favorite pieces to make your home look and feel cozy:

This post was originally published on December 18, 2020, and has since been updated.



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