It's so nice to come home from a long day at school or the office and just relax in a space that is all your own. Today we're going to give you a few tips on how to take it up a notch and really make your space feel cozy and customized to your lifestyle!
Ambient, Accent & Task Lighting - combining a mix of each of these types of lighting results in a cozy atmosphere
Ambient Lighting- The lights that give the room an overall glow. Usually, these include chandeliers, pendants, recessed & ceiling lighting.
Accent Lighting - Examples of these include floor lamps or wall sconces, maybe fairy lights. It draws the eye to a focal point.
Task Lighting- These would be things like desk lamps or reading lights, vanity lights or under cabinet lighting. It's a more concentrated light, the kind you'd use when performing a task.
Overall, you want to keep lighting warm. When you look at lighting nowadays you'll often find a scale that shows the "Kelvin Temperature" of the light. Warm lighting falls in the 2000-3000 Kelvin (K) range.
While candlelight could fall under accent lighting, it's not an electrical light so we've included it in a category on its own. Candles are a great way to provide a natural warm glow to your home to give it that ultra-cozy, lived-in feeling. Take a peek at our all natural jewelry candles here: JackpotCandles.com
Textiles add a ton of visual and physical texture to a room making it much more inviting. These are all of the soft, comfy things you find in a room like pillows, blankets, curtains & rugs. The more textiles you can incorporate into a room, the more inviting it will feel.
When bringing textiles into a room, you can add a lot of character by including several different types of materials to create a lot of subtle visual contrast. It's tempting to make everything very matchy-matchy but try to have fun by mixing various colors, patterns & textures and see what creative combinations vibe with your style.
Pro Tip: When playing with patterns and textures, scale is important. The same size pattern will tend to compete for your attention while your eye will easily flow from one item to the next when they vary. I usually try to keep a balance of 1:1:1 - 1 large patterned item, 1 medium patterned item, and one small patterned item.
Physical texture is the more 3 dimensional of the two terms here. This would be anything that adds a tangible texture to your space. For example, a big chunky blanket is a great example of physical texture. It is soft and has a lot of shape and volume to it, it really adds a physical sense of coziness to a room.
Visual texture is the less tangible of the two. This refers to how you see a room. Colors and patterns, while having little physical texture, can incorporate a lot of visual texture by adding a lot of detail to the room by way of your eye. You may not be able to feel this type of texture but you can definitely see it! Think of an accent wall with a bold floral print, it adds a lot of visual impact to the room.
Items that incorporate a lot of texture:
varying metal finishes
different types of wood
There's just something about plants that really brings a room to life. You don't even have to behave a green thumb! There are some very beautiful faux options out there nowadays.
While it may seem intimidating, scale is important! Bringing a tall floor plant into a room can really add some visual height and serve as a starting point for the rest of your smaller plants to come. My suggestion for a large floor plant would be the ever-popular olive tree.
Fresh cut flowers are always a gorgeous addition to any tabletop. This is a great way to add a natural pop of color to your decor. If you don't like the idea of buying fresh flowers all the time you can grab some faux stems from the craft store and swap them out seasonally.
This one is a must-have for the kitchen! It adds a ton of life to the space and it's very handy while cooking dinner.
This is one that most people don't think of but it's a great way to personalize your home. You can add fragrance to a space using diffusers, essential oils, room sprays, dried flowers & herbs, or even baking brownies in the oven. By far the easiest & most popular way though is by adding candles to a room and being experts in the candle field we're going to talk about those!
Light and Breezy
Want to make your home smell like fresh, clean laundry? Try scents like these: