Having a cozy home is more than just a feeling – it’s a mood when you walk in the door, a peacefulness when you wake up, and happiness when you welcome friends or family over.

As an introvert, you probably often prefer staying at home over a night out, so it’s important to have a living space that feels cozy and comforting. You want your home to be the perfect spot to wrap up in a warm blanket with a book, and stay in all day, as well as a welcoming spot for friends to visit. Here’s a few tried and true tips on creating a cozy home.

Wood and warm colors

There’s nothing more homey than using natural wood in your house – whether it’s through shelving, furniture, or accents, try to incorporate wood into every room. Consider adding a set of floating shelves in your living room to hold candles, photos or art as the perfect accent and storage space combined. Wood furniture also matches well with fabrics – whether your couch and curtains are patterned or colored, it will cozy up the room if you mix in the right pieces of furniture.

Warm colors are also a great way to set the mood right when you walk in the door – dark gray, honey browns, or even a light taupe can instantly make a room feel soft and welcoming. Light colors tend to make rooms feel bigger and more open, while darker, warmer colors make rooms feel smaller and cozier.

There’s nothing more homey than using natural wood in your house – whether it’s through shelving, furniture, or accents, try to incorporate wood into every room.

 

All about the accents

Creating a comfortable space is also about making it personal. Whether that means artwork from friends or family, favorite photos, or a handmade piece of pottery, be sure to outfit every room with a personal touch.

In living rooms and bedrooms, having blankets on hand as both décor and for comfort are the perfect accent. If it feels too cluttered to have all your blankets on display, try a woven basket or ottoman to store them, and have them handy and nearby.

Lighting

There’s nothing better than soft lighting to make a home feel welcoming. Forget your overhead lighting – see if you can light your rooms with string lights, lamps or even wall sconces to create an atmosphere that’s less artificial and more peaceful.

And this isn’t limited to just your living area – try string lights along the mirror in your bathroom, or place them above the cabinets of your kitchen to create that soft, intimate mood that you’re craving.

And most importantly, only use pieces in your home that represent you. Having a home full of colors, fabrics and accents that you love will make your house feel more like a home than anything else will.