15 Ways to Create a Cozy Home

Creating a cozy home doesn’t have to break the bank. A few simple home decor ideas can help you create the comfortable oasis you desire without spending a fortune. From adding throw pillows and blankets to rearranging furniture, these tips will help you spruce up your home without breaking the bank.

modern bedroom with king size bed, two arm chairs, houseplant, and window curtains

Easy Ways to Cozy Up Your Home

Before undertaking a home decorating journey, it is advisable to carry out an orderly and meticulous purging process. This step is a hurdle, but it will make it so much easier for you to decorate to your heart’s desire!

Then you’ll need to figure out what you like about what you have. Work with what you already have first, so you don’t spend money unnecessarily.

Sometimes, you don’t need to go anywhere when you’re figuring out how to make your home cozy on a budget. Instead, shop your home for what you need and move things around between rooms. You may be surprised by how different things look.

1. Choose a single design style

One of the easiest ways to create coziness in a home is by selecting a single modern interior style. The cohesion makes your home feel like a single unit rather than a collection of rooms. Also, knowing your style helps you pick out the pieces you want to keep.

To learn more about the most popular interior design styles, check out these articles: Coastal, Modern Farmhouse, Industrial Modern, and Transitional. For help determining your style, check out this article I wrote earlier on how to know your decorating style.

open concept kitchen, dining room, and living room with a minimalist modern design
Simplistic with white as the dominate color and a little pop of color

2. Apply a new coat of paint

Often, you have extra paint hanging around from different projects. While your walls may not need a complete repaint to look good, you can use this extra paint to add accents to your rooms.

One easy way to do this is by dipping the edge of a kitchen sponge into your leftover accent wall paint. Then touch the edge to the walls. You can see a wallpaper pattern or a cool abstract accent wall depending on the angles.

large built in chalkboard taking up entire wall space in office

3. Create an accent wall

Creating an accent wall is an easy and inexpensive way to give your home a cozy feel! Not only is it a great way to add some color to your space, but it’s also a great way to show off some of your favorite artwork, photos, or pieces of furniture.

Accent walls work in a variety of spaces, including your living room and master bedroom. You can design a TV accent wall for your living space or add character to your entryway or dining room.

All you need is some paint, tape, and creativity and you’re good to go!

front door with stylish framing and open windows

4. Add window treatments or blinds

The right window treatments can transform a living space. In fact, I would say this is one of the most important design elements to focus on. People are more willing to invest in homes that provide quality windows with views and natural light.

all white kitchen with three pendant lights above the kitchen island

5. Install modern lighting fixtures

Upgrading the lighting fixtures in your home is a great way to make it feel cozier without breaking the bank. Installing modern fixtures can give your space an instant facelift and make it feel more inviting.

You don’t have to spend a fortune either, as many affordable lighting fixtures are available online or at your local home improvement store. With a little effort and creativity, you can make your home look fresh and feel much more comfortable without overspending.

6. Add wood elements

Wood is a prime choice for warming up any space and adding an organic element to your home. The simple design of wood provides just the right amount of warmth without getting too overpowering. It can be accomplished in many subtle ways!

You could also incorporate wood elements like hardwood floors, furniture pieces such as dressers or coffee tables, shelving units, or even decorative accents like bowl sets trays, and pedestals into your decor to create a cozy atmosphere within your abode!

7. Use mirrors to create a focal point

Mirrors are a great addition, especially if you have a smaller space. Mirrors bounce light around and make any room feel bigger. Additionally, there are many distinct shapes and frames for mirrors, so they add more character to your space too!

farmhouse dining room with large and stylish lighting above dining room table

8. Use an area rug to compliment your sofa

Adding an area rug to your living room is a great way to spruce up your space. Not only is an area rug a great way to add texture to your room, it can also tie together the colors and patterns of your furniture. Whether you are looking for something bright and bold or neutral and classic, a variety of area rugs are available to fit every style and budget.

Accent decor can tie decorating schemes together. Therefore, changing out the accents makes my top tips for how to make your home cozy on a budget.

Below are some pictures of wall decor that work as the focal point in their respective living spaces. But you can also focus on things such as painting an accent wall or creating centerpieces on dining room tables or coffee tables.

Floor plants look great in the corner of the room and add a natural element to the space!

9. Add easy care houseplants

Plants are a multipurpose accent, and you have many choices that work with the light in your home. The vibrant green helps your space feel cozier.

Plus, your plants help filter your indoor air for a healthier home. Natural elements can really stand out in a home environment.

Related: How To Decorate With Plants in a Few Easy Steps

10. Create a DIY coffee bar

Creating your own coffee bar can be a great way to make your home cozy without breaking the bank. Take a trip to your local thrift store and pick up a few of your favorite mugs, a few small containers for coffee and tea and maybe even a cute little cart to display it all on.

Before you know it, you’ll have a cozy little setup that will make it easy to enjoy your favorite hot beverages in your home.

white floating shelves in a hallway with pictures frames, vases and other decor on display

11. Install floating shelves

Floating shelves are easy to install, and you can purchase a set that matches your design style. They add a sense of elegance to the space, and you’ll have fun decorating them!

drop zone near a garage decorated with minimalist decor
Baskets under console tables with canvas art
Drop zones can be created with baskets or built-in cupboards!

12. Create a drop zone

Drop zones can help you keep your home clutter-free, but they are also another fun way to make your living space more stylish and comfy. A drop zone can be a mudroom for your shoes and coats. It can be a built-in shelf that you use to charge your devices. It can be a bench that you decorate with pillows and throw blankets.

DIY gallery wall with six art pieces
Gallery walls are a great way to display your family photos, memories, and favorite art pieces!

13. Add family photos and wall art

Add pictures of family, friends, or recent travels. Printing your photos is affordable, and you can even get them delivered through Amazon. You can also find picture frames at any store that sells home decor.

Photos add a personal touch to any space. I recommend hanging them on your walls or displaying them on side tables or desks.

reading nook with blue accent chair and pillow next to a door leading to balcony
A reading nook can be as simple as a lounge chair and cozy pillow!

14. Create a reading nook

Creating a cozy reading nook in your home doesn’t have to be expensive. Use items you already have lying around like blankets and pillows to make your space comfortable. Add some cozy lighting like a string of fairy lights, and you’ve got the perfect spot for curling up with a good book!

15. Add throw pillows and throw blankets

Transform your living space into a cozy retreat without breaking the bank. Adding decorative throw pillows and throw blankets is an easy and affordable way to instantly add warmth and color to any room. Mix and match different textures, sizes, and colors to create a personalized look in your home. Not only are throw pillows and blankets an inexpensive way to decorate, they also make great gifts!

Bottom Line

If you want to make your home cozy without breaking the bank, you’re in luck! With a bit of planning and a little creativity, you can turn your house into a warm and inviting place to be. Whether it’s through DIY decor projects, shopping for new furniture, or just rearranging what you already own, there are plenty of ways to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere to create a fresh look.

Nicole Mickle

I've lived, worked, and played in Orlando my entire life. Let's make the most out of your Florida lifestyle! I'm here to help you take overwhelming interior design options and simplify them room by room.

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