Staying in is the new going out—and these easy decorating tricks will make staying in better (and cozier) than ever.
I don’t need to detail all the lovely upsides of being a homebody—alone time! Doing things on your schedule! Getting enough sleep!—but there is one vital trick to being a happy homebody that can easily fall by the wayside: Creating a house that feels like a home.
Yes, you can get by with a sparse space that offers just what you need and nothing more, but if you plan to spend some (or many) of your waking hours in your home, you probably want it to feel comfortable, warm, and welcoming: A place you love returning to and often don’t want to leave.
Crafting such a space is no small feat. If you go too small, your space feels uninhabited, or like a space just moved into. If you go too big, it feels crowded and cluttered, which can detract from your enjoyment of the home you’re working to create.
A few small touches can easily boost the look and feel of your home without going full hygge. Bringing the right items into your home can make staying in for the night a supremely delightful experience—scroll on to see how.
Pile on the Blankets
The most important part of feeling at home is being comfortable and, for me, that means a warm blanket. When I’m not wrapped up in one of my many throw blankets, they’re artfully draped across the back of the sofa or tucked away in an artful storage container ($90, crateandbarrel.com).
To buy: $30, target.com
Add More Pillows
I love my throw pillows. I love rearranging them. I love flopping down onto the couch on top of them. And I love replacing them when they’re worn out or I’m ready for a change. It’s an easy swap for a totally new look, and I can make sure I’m always absolutely in love with the décor in my living room and bedroom. They make curling up on the couch much, much more comfortable, and if I ever want to stretch out a little, pushing them onto the floor to make room for my legs is a moment’s work.
To buy: $27, westelm.com
A little artwork on the walls makes a huge difference. Even if you’re just hanging your favorite photo from your latest vacation, something on the walls helps to add color and life to a space. Just be sure to frame it: A basic frame (like this one, $12, target.com) takes a print from cute to eye-grabbing in a heartbeat. Frames also make it easy to swap out different art, and having your favorite images, words, logos, family photos (from $89, artifactuprising.com), and more hanging around you is guaranteed to make your house feel more familiar and comfortable.
To buy: From $95, uncommongoods.com
Dress up Your Bed
A good-looking bed makes a world of difference, especially if you have a small bedroom. I have a patterned duvet cover, euro pillows, a knit blanket, and a pile of decorative pillows on my bed, and while most of this ends up shoved aside or on the floor at night, during the day my bed looks irresistibly comfortable. And, when it’s time to curl up in it, I’m surrounded by soft blankets and pillows, so it feels like I’m sleeping on a cloud. What more could a homebody ask for?
To buy: From $228, anthropologie.com
Cover Your Floors
Nothing ruins a night in, sans painful heels/flats/whatever, like stepping on a patch of ice-cold floor in bare feet. This is why rugs are a very important part of my so-cozy-I-don’t-want-to-leave home. They prevent cold feet, of course, in addition to protecting floors, reducing noise, and bringing color and variety to a room.
To buy: From $60, ikea.com
Light It Up
Being a homebody sometimes entails not leaving one’s apartment all day long—though of course that shouldn’t mean you’re sitting inside in the dark. Some people like the dark; others (myself included) do not. If you’re of the latter group, a powerful light will banish any shadows and dimness in your space. This one has a dimmer, too, so you can keep everything fully lit during the day then enjoy a more toned-down vibe in the evening.
To buy: $230, cb2.com
Show Off Your Knick-Knacks
This one’s for the non-minimalists: Knick-knacks make a space feel lived in. Yes, there’s a certain appeal in a clean, uncluttered room, but that doesn’t mean there’s no room for that monkey-shaped saltshaker you picked up in Costa Rica or a bunny figurine doing yoga ($12, etsy.com). The little odds and ends you pick up throughout your life bring emotional value to your space, making it truly feel like home. Instead of hiding them away or getting rid of them, put them on display, celebrating the experiences and things that make you who you are. Instead of feeling like you’re living in a borrowed space, you’ll be surrounded by the things you love, which will immediately help you feel more at home in your house.
To buy: $15, target.com