How to Create the Coziest Home Ever, On a Budget
For all the frigid months ahead when weekends are meant to be spent indoors, creating a cosy environment becomes a primary focus. Unfortunately, due to the holidays, our wallets aren't exactly flush with cash for redecorating during this time of year. That's why we put together a list of eight easy ways to make the place you live the coziest, comfiest winter cave ever, without spending much money. The only downside to these tips? You might never be able to leave for work again, so don't say we didn't warn you!
A faux fur throw both looks and feels incredibly luxurious. Whether it’s placed on the back of a chair, draped over the arm of a sofa, or even layered over a foot stool or coffee table, its plush texture screams high-end while providing warmth—aesthetically and in reality. Outposts like Pier 1 and World Market often have faux fur blankets for less.
Simple white pillar candles in various sizes grouped together in clusters make a home feel cozier by creating a warm ambiance. They are the ultimate mood-setter, and being the most basic, un-fancy candle out there, they’re available for pennies at even places like CVS. They provide a simple elegance and sophistication that doesn't betray their real cost.
Books are an incredibly affordable décor trick for making a home cozier, as they can be purchased en masse without breaking the bank and lend your space the collected, Old World feel of a library. Hit up garage and estate sales in your area, and keep in mind that many local schools often hold book sales around the holidays and other times of year, during which old, hard-back books can be snatched up in dollar bins.
Moroccan and similar poufs are far less expensive seating options than chairs and sofas, and project a laid-back and inviting vibe. The round, cushy pieces close to the ground beckon guests to gather around for a relaxing affair, versus the harder lines of more traditional seating options.
Overflowing out of baskets, stacked effortlessly in corners, strewn about the couch—the throw pillow is the broke person's key to a cosy home. The beauty of throw pillows is their availability at almost every home décor retailer, combined with the fact that they're usually very inexpensive. From IKEA and CB2 to West Elm and H&M Home, along with discount stores like T.J. Maxx, Home Goods, and Marshalls, piles of throw pillows are attainable at the lowest end of the budget spectrum.
A can of paint is one of the most cost-savvy ways to transform a room. Though white walls have their place, the airy Scandinavian look isn't the warmest aesthetic. Instead, deep, dark colours like black, slate grey, green, burgundy, and navy, together with layered textures like faux fur and velvet, evoke the feeling of a woodsy hideaway. Try painting your white room a dark colour for winter with a $10 can of paint, and tell us it doesn't instantly get cozier.
You know what doesn't scream cosy? Sparse walls. Nothing makes a home feel more lived-in and personal than walls covered in a hodgepodge of art and photographs. Luckily, it's easy to cover your surroundings with interesting visuals without spending much, like old movie posters at flea markets to the multitude of online sources for surprisingly inexpensive art. For our roundup of the best websites for art online, click here.
Or, with a company like Art Mgt, you can pay $50 a month to rent super cool art and switch it out as you please.
Another cheap option? Make your own art with things you already own, for example, by framing and hanging artistic editorials from the stacks of untouched magazines sitting in your closets.
Woodsy pieces, be they a footstool, bench, or side table, especially when paired with the items mentioned in previous slides, evoke the feeling of a ski lodge. But if wood pieces aren't in your budget, a basket or pile of artfully arranged chopped wood feels just as impactful, even if you don’t have a fireplace to burn it in.
What are your favourite ways to make your home cozier without spending much? Share your tips below!