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17 Tips to Make your Home feel Cosy and Inviting on a Budget

Updated: Sep 19, 2022

Hot to create a cosy home on a budget.

I've always gravitated toward cosy and warm spaces, much like a fairytale land with lots of candles, layers of soft blankets and, of course, the fairy lights. Intuitively, very often, to cosy up our home, we are implementing elements from nature, and the more we do so, the more it feels like living in a big warm hug of nature.

You don't have to spend a fortune on redecorating for every season. It's enough if you make a few small, thoughtful changes, and it will still make a massive difference. So I made for you a list of affordable yet stylish examples of how to make your home cosier by repurposing the things you already own or choosing the new decor pieces wisely.

17 Tips to Create a Warm and Cosy Home

1. Add Texture

Adding a few cosy pieces like blankets and cushions in warmer neutral tones is the easiest way to instantly warm up the room. Here are a few examples you can find on Etsy:

If you want to invest in that one evergreen blanket that will suit every season, a piece like the Luxe Weighted Cotton Blanket is a great option. Shop the blanket on

My top four affordable blanket finds on Etsy:

2. Opt For a Soft Rug

Even if you add only one area rug, it will still significantly impact any room. Choose natural materials like wool, cotton, and jute. It will give the space a relaxed and warm feeling.

Shop the rug on Etsy.

If the room feels too cold, you can always add a pop of warmer colour to create an atmosphere. This hand tufted wool rug in pink will to the trick.

Shop the rug on Wayfair.

3. Add Candles

The smell is everything. It can make you feel certain ways. And choosing the right scent can be overwhelming. Candles are a natural, non-toxic way to add warmth and happiness to your home.

My personal fave is anything with Bergamot. It reminds me of summer nights, and nothing can beat that.

Hand-poured in small batches in Walthamstow, this Aromatherapy Bergamot Soy Candle is bursting with sweet citrus aromas. Shop the candle on Etsy.

If you prefer good old classics like cinnamon or pumpkin notes, this Etsy soy candle might be your new fave:

Shop the candle on Etsy.

4. Fairy lights

I usually keep them throughout the year because why not? Not really a hopeless romantic here; I just love how it adds a sprinkle of magic to the room. Autumn and winter are the perfect time of the year when you can pretty much go overboard with it, and no one will judge you. ;)

Shop the teardrop fairy lights on Etsy.

If you are looking for even more magic and bring the stars closer, starburst fairy lights are the way to go.

5. Make Your Memories Count

Create a beautiful gallery wall with your own photos—something to keep you smiling on rainy days. To make your memories pop, opt for frames in natural wood or white colour frames.

Shop the solid wood frame set on Etsy.

6. Style A Bookshelf Like A Pro

If you are looking for one most effective way to cosy up your home, a bookshelf is a great choice. No matter what your vibe is, here are a few elements you could apply to any style: wood tones, real plants, matching book covers, a personal piece of décor, maybe a candle and a string of fairy lights.

Read this post if you would like to learn how to style a bookshelf like a designer.

Sustainable Oak Bookshelf by KONK is a great example:

If you don't have much space to play with, ladder-style shelving is a great alternative.

Shop the shelving on La Redoute.

7. Upgrade Your Bedding

If you haven't already, start with the quality bedding in pure white and add layers of soft cotton/wool throw and blankets. Whenever possible, opt for eco-friendly fabrics.

Shop the organic eucalyptus silk bedding on Ethical Bedding.

Snug as a bug with these ridiculously soft blankets:

Shop the blanket on H&M.

Add contrast with crinkled cotton blanket in dark caramel. Shop the blanket on H&M.

8. Add Plants

Regardless of the season, plants always breath in cosiness to your home. Adding plants will not only reduce air toxins but make your home feel lived-in and loved. If you're looking for a fast-growing easy to maintain - Monstera Deliciosa, Pothos or Areca Palm tree are great options.

Shop beautiful plants in compostable pots at Foli8.


9. Consider Warm Lighting

Light can undoubtedly change the vibe of a room. You can cosy lighting in a few ways - get some lovely lamps, floodlights, ceiling pendants or dimmers. However, when it comes to the light bulb, the best choice would be a warm white LED light.

Shop the Savannah Lamp on Wayfair.

For that unconventional look, you might like the Balance Lamp by Blott Works:

10. Upgrade Windows with Curtains

Maximise natural light and create ultimate cosy vibes with sheer curtains. It will capture those shorter days and boost your mood by maximising natural daylight. Opt for natural fabrics like cotton, linen, eucalyptus or bamboo.

Shop Linen Curtain on Etsy.

11. Rearrange The Furniture

The layout can make a room feel cramped if not done right. Create a socialising zone by rearranging the soft furniture facing each other and placing an area rug in the middle. You could add a few ottomans for extra seating if you have enough room.

Shop the sustainable handcrafted ottoman by Twisted Loom.

12. Add a Faux-fur of Teddy Fleece Throw

Place it on the back of the chair, and there you have it, a stylish reading nook.

Shop the throw on Amazon.

If you fancy more of a soft milky texture, Cosy Bliss Faux fur might be your cup of tea:

13. Incorporate Wood

Natural material like wood instantly warms a room, even if you add just a hint with a few reclaimed wood decorative pieces. But if you fancy going more prominent, you could incorporate wood elements throughout with wooden flooring, dining table, ceiling pendant, wood bench, a coffee table or wood shelving.

Shop the Oak Bedside Table on La Redoute.

14. Choose Warmer Tones For The Walls

Pick milky shades that evoke cosy feelings. Colours like off white, beige, rust, cinnamon, tan and similar. Check out Frenchic for Eco-Friendly paint options. Read here about how colour of the walls affects your mood.

15. Add a Fluffy Bathroom Mat

Give your feet a softer dock after a long warm bath with the Bambo Rug, 100% organic and sustainable so both your feet and your soul feel good.

16. Incorporate Decorative Baskets

Search for handmade baskets with a rustic, organic look. It can be as small as a fruit basket or a big storage basket to keep a spare blanket.

If you fancy seeing more of Eco-friendly Handmade decor take a look at some of my top picks.

17. Upgrade Towels

There is nothing more comforting than fresh fluffy towels. To keep them nice and soft for longer, I usually like leaving the fancy ones out as decor and use the not-so-pretty ones daily. Yup, that's totally normal. I could easily be Monica from Friends with 11 towel categories.

Shop the bamboo towels on Etsy.

How To Make Each Room Feel Extra Cosy

Now that we have the important bits covered, lets not leave it to imagination and give some real examples (P.S. pay attention to the mentioned elements). Every tip can apply to different interior styles and it will still add the same cosiness factor to each of them.

1. Living Room

If you fancy getting this look, here are a few pieces to get you started:

2. Bedroom

If you like the vibes, here are a few pieces to get you started:

Earthy tones and lots of texture is a another great way to achieve a cosiness.

Get the vibes:

Boho cosy bedroom decor

If you fancy seeing more abstract art, take a look at our wall art shop.

3. Kitchen

Guess what, to achieve this look it's enough if you include a few key pieces:

small cosy kitchen inspiration

Bohemian Style Kitchen

Get the boho vibes:

4. Bathroom

bohemian cosy bathroom inspiration
Image Via Matchness

Cosy up your bathroom with these cuties:

If you're still unsure where to start, why not save the image to your Pinterest board for later.

warm and cosy home decorating ideas

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Once you're done with decorating, make yourself a cup of tea and enjoy your favourite movie under a cosy blanket. Don't forget to enjoy the little things in life.

Have a wonderful week lovelies!



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