Dewson Construction on home improvement: adding fireplaces, wood floors, and making your home cozy in Delaware
Cozy Corner: If it’s comfort you want, then comfort you shall have.
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Patterns and textures in organic materials also convey a sense of coziness. Consider the graining in wood and the veining in marble, the depth in wrought iron and the earthiness of slate. Silk is opulent and classic. Leather and linen grow more inviting with each passing year.
“People gravitate toward materials that are natural,” Dewson says. “They give us an inner feeling of comfort.”
Find Your Comfort Zone
Breathe deep and relax. Here are seven ways you can make your abode a cozier place to come home to, without getting too frazzled.
Snuggle into big furniture, large pieces with cushions that are wrapped in down for extra comfort. Choose upholstery that feels comforting to the touch, such as chenille, micro suede or distressed leather. Then pile on the pillows.
Light the space strategically. Instead of harsh, overhead lights, install recessed lighting. Add a chandelier and mute the bulbs with small silk shades. Arrange reading lamps on tables. Make certain all your lights are on dimmer switches.
Frame windows with sumptuous fabrics, even if you never pull the curtains. Think silk, with fringe or velvet, with tassels. Filter the glare of sunlight with shears.
Give your feet a treat with soft carpeting. Warm a marble bathroom floor with a fleece. Give a traditional oriental rug a touch of the exotic by layering on a cowhide painted in zebra stripes.
Create a cozy cave by painting the walls dark. Think ruby red for an intimate dining room, chocolate brown for a home office, deep navy for the bedroom.
Line your nest in the bedroom with tactile surfaces, such as elegant wallpaper, sumptuous high-thread count bedding in Egyptian cotton and a faux fur throw. A canopy bed can be your own private haven. Or add a headboard upholstered in velvet, linen, leather or suede.
Add architectural elements. Warm a room with a fireplace mantel. Transform a family room with built-in bookcases filled with vintage volumes. Put your dining room over the top with crown moldings and wainscoting.