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How To Give Your Home That Special Warm Inviting Feel

Creating a warm and cozy home

Creating A Warm Inviting Home

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Creating a warm and inviting home-

We have all been in houses that made us feel so comfortable and cozy. And we see the photos in magazines that give us that same warm, relaxed, inviting feel. And we want that for ourselves.

Not only do we want to live in a home that is cozy and inviting, but we want our friends and family to feel warm and comfortable when they visit.

And there is no reason we can't give our own homes a look and feel of warmth.

We don't have to spend a fortune or hours and hours of hard work. A little time and a few dollars can do the job for you. It the simple little things that can make a home feel homey.

Paint the walls with warm and inviting colors. Maybe a creamy white color, some soft blues, and greens. Use colors that give you that warm, inviting feel.

An area rug on your hardwood floor placed in front of your couch will give a warm touch to the living room. Or a bright color rug layered on top of the carpet.

Lighting can make a significant impact on the feel of a room. Table lamps and floor lamps give you the best lighting. CFL light bulbs give you a choice 'warm white' or 'blue light' or 'neutral.' You want warm and inviting, not dark and gloomy.

Bright colored decorative pillows and warm fuzzy throws add a warm cozy feel. Nothing quite says warm and cuddly as a pretty throw draped over the chair's back or casually lying over an ottoman. A fuzzy throw that makes you want to wrap up in it.

Make use of baskets—a cute basket to store your latest reading material. Maybe a large wicker basket for extra pillows and throws.

Family photo collages. Select your favorite family photos. Happy family photos bring a sense of family love into the room.

Make your wall pop with vibrant artwork. Something bold. Or how about creating a gallery wall. Mix and match frames and prints.

Hanging a mirror or several mirrors will make your space appear larger and brighter.

It should feel like a home, not a staged house for sale. We have all been in a home that looks way to perfect—nothing out of order, nothing that gives a feeling of warmth. Nothing that says family gatherings happen here. A house needs personal touches to make it a home.

Fresh flowers always look nice on the dining room table. And either fresh flowers or a dried flower arrangement for the coffee table would be a great added touch.

Your bedroom should be your retreat. Keeping things simple will give you a calm but yet cozy feel. Try a light color or even white bedding with some colorful throw pillows. Light blues or greens for your accent colors? Add a potted plant or two. And maybe a basket to hold your nighttime reading material.

Candles flickering on the mantle or coffee table is an easy way to add warmth to a room. Add some books or small plants to the coffee table to complete the look.

If you have a fireplace, nothing says cozy like a fire burning in the fireplace.

Add a chair near the fireplace, and you'll have a cozy reading area. Grab your book and a cup of tea and get comfortable.

Keep your home as clutter-free as possible. Clutter does nothing for that warm, inviting feeling.

A live plant can add a nice visual touch to your home decor. But they also add health benefits. Did you know that live plants in your home can:

Boost your mood

Purify the air in your home

increase oxygen levels

Ease stress

Be creative. Think warm and cozy and go for it.

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