Your apartment is your home, and it should be cozy and comfortable at all times of the year, but especially during the freezing Idaho winters. Check out these 10 ways to make your apartment feel cozy this winter.
Fall and winter scents add comfort to your home with smells of pine, cinnamon, and peppermint. Candles are a fun way to add a pleasant aroma to your home because they also add some light and sound—however, if your apartment lease doesn’t allow candles, try using a wax warmer or diffuser.
Blankets not only make your apartment look cozy, but they also keep you warm! Draping a chunky blanket over your couch will make your living room feel more inviting, and you can wrap it around you on days that feel extra cold.
Pillows, like blankets, make living and bedroom areas feel fuller and more coordinated. Plus, there’s no better way to create a cozy nook for yourself than with a bunch of plush, warm pillows.
When guests come over the natural response is to tidy up. Having cute, functional storage options for extra blankets or pillows can add to the functionality of the room, and keep unwanted items out of the way. Blanket ladders, baskets, and storage ottomans are all excellent storage options.
Walking barefoot across cold wood or tile floors can make you feel chilly. While you could put on a pair of your fuzziest socks to walk around in, you could also use rugs to warm the area. Rugs keep you from walking on cold floors, but they also warm a room by their colors and size. If you have an area that looks a little blank, try adding a rug.
With the sun making its appearance late and leaving early, there’s less light to make you feel warm and cozy inside. Using lamps or string lights in your home can make your home brighter and help you feel lighter inside. Plus, it’s a great excuse to keep your Christmas lights up a little longer.
Feeling cozy often comes from colors and textures, which is why adding extra fabric elements is a good idea for obtaining the perfect level of comfort. Thick curtains in your living room and bedroom won’t just look and feel beautiful, but they’ll also help to keep the heat in. Adding a table runner to your table or winter-themed kitchen towels to your oven handle can also add warmth to other rooms.
Plain walls can sometimes make your home look and feel a little empty. And since most apartments don’t allow paint-jobs, art or pictures on the walls are a good alternative. Find a couple of your favorite prints, support a local artist, make your own, or hit up a thrift store to find the best art for your walls.
If you live in a place where it snows, chances are you are slowly getting sick of the white and grey colors. Plants add color and life to your apartment and they’ll make you feel like the sweetest plant-parent. Taking care of plants in the winter can be tough, though. So do your research on what plants are best for your area.
Being cooped up in a house without any fresh air can make you feel stuffy. Since you don’t want to let the cold in along with the fresh outside air, consider using an air purifier instead. Air purifiers can keep the air in your home from feeling stagnant and old—allowing you to enjoy the comfort of clean air.
Don’t let the winter blues get you down—make your apartment a cozy sanctuary from the cold!