6 Ways to Keep Your House Warm and Cozy This Winter (Without Touching the Thermostat)

Whether it’s a snowstorm or just a chilly day, these tips will help you make your home cozier with items you probably already have.

If your great interior design loves include lots of white, black, and gray, or an abundance of clean lines, you might end up with a room that feels a little on the chilly side. That cold feeling has less to do with the actual temperature of the room—it's all about the design temperature. Don't worry, you don't need to crank up the heat! Instead here are some easy decorating tricks that can make your home look and feel warmer, without racking up a big utility bill. From introducing cozy rugs underfoot to hanging curtains that double as extra insulation, here are some easy ways to make every room feel instantly warmer.

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1. Incorporate texture to make things cozier

Basically, texture equals warmth. Sure, you can paint a space a warmer color like shades of pink, red, or yellow, but if you favor neutral hues, texture is your best friend. Try adding a plush blanket to your sofa or bed.

Other easy ways to add texture: introduce embroidered pillows or a woven ottoman to add dimension to your space. Plus, they're easy and inexpensive to swap in and out as your taste in color and trends change.

2. Light some candles to warm up your home

Not only do they cast the most flattering light and smell fantastic, but candles will also add a warm glow and a little heat to your space. It goes without saying that you should never leave candles burning unattended and you should always keep kids, curious pets, and any flammable items far from the flame. To avoid indoor air quality issues, make sure you're using clean-burning, soy wax options instead of paraffin when possible.

3. Add a rug to keep your feet warmer

It adds a sink-your-toes-in feeling to any and every room, while adding a hit of color and pattern. Rugs also help muffle noise, so adding one or two in a living or dining room will keep the sound of chatter from traveling. For a bit of extra texture, look for rugs that feature nubby details or both a high and low pile. It creates movement within the room and feels amazing underfoot.

4. Hang curtains to reduce drafts

The beauty of curtains? They provide a physical barrier from the chill that can permeate through your windows. Plus, they look good, too. Stripes, solids, velvet, embellished, you've got enough options no matter your decor style. A space with zero window treatments (along with having zero privacy) can feel cold and unlived in. While there are exceptions to the rule, it's rare to regret a beautiful curtain, blinds, or window panel purchase.

Not sure whether to choose curtains, blinds, or roller shades? Consult our guide to picking the perfect window treatment.

5. Move furniture away from heating ducts or radiators

If possible, keep your furniture from blocking the flow of heat into the room—that can help your rooms feel instantly warmer, and you may even be able to adjust your thermostat lower.

6. Include personal touches that add a touch of coziness

If you favor a minimal design style, you don't have to go too crazy stuffing your space full of belongings. Be selective and carefully curate your selection so only your favorites appear. Artwork, favorite photographs, and a handful of your most treasured books all help to personalize and warm up a room. Bare walls and all bare surfaces make a house feel more like a showroom than a place where people live!

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