5 Ways To Turn Your Modern Space Into a Cozy Home

What winter blues? Transform your cool space into a snug and cozy home with a few simple furniture & decor tricks.

1. Sumptuous Seating

Nothing says 'curl up and stay awhile' like deeply cushioned furniture, and the good news for modern design buffs is the availability of a wide range of oh-so-comfy lounge chairs, elegantly enveloping enough to offset winter's chill. Menu designs, like the Sheepskin Knitting Lounge Chair, above, makes a warm and welcoming sight in neutral tones, and the Blu Dot Field Lounge Chair personifies the lap of luxury on lazy winter afternoons, while the Pacha Lounge Chair offers a new twist on staying put for a while. The perfectly proportioned Brasilia Lounge Chair, below, manages to be somehow both refined and homey, the ideal combination for offsetting winter's gloom.


2. Textured Rugs

Area rugs are an instant fix—both literally and visually—for warming up light filled spaces and bare floors. With the onset of winter, the more thick and textured the carpet, the more snug and secure the winter refuge. The plush pile of the Gus* Element Rug and the Surya Sheepskin Rectangular Rug, above, pack cushioning inviting enough for bare feet and weary bodies, while the tactile surface of the Calligaris Apotema Rug is the perfect floor statement for sweater weather. Nanimarquina's Tres Rug, an inspired hand loomed Indian Dhurrie rug, comprised of wool, felt and cotton, brings year-round artisanal warmth to any contemporary space.


3. Tactile Throw Pillows

Decorative accents, like throw pillows, are one of the most affordable options for updating an interior scheme and injecting a homey vibe. In the colder months, compose a snug sofa setting with a pair of fringe pillows, like the Helena Fringe Pillow from Surya, which features a globally-inspired design. Or add a flourish of tufted dots to a lounge chair or sofa with the Dot Tufted Cushion from Ferm Living, a modern Scandi touch that really never goes out of style. Elegantly textured Mirage Pillow series from Ferm Living makes an inspired Danish decor addition to sofa, daybed, or armchair.


4. Throw Blankets

There's no easier way to counter a winter chill than by layering up. Whether strewn across a bare sofa or wrapped around a chilled shoulder, a throw blanket or two is a must for creating a casual, cozy home vibe. Scandinavian throw blankets—like the Muuto Ample Throw, above, a light and lovely option, ideal for a snuggle on a winter's night—and Ethnicraft's graphic Navy Dots Throw bring layered richness and instant warmth to a living room scheme, thanks to their toasty wool fibers. The Jonathan Adler Nixon Baby Alpaca Throw is artful enough to display on the wall, but offers enveloping comfort beneath its luxurious cotton expanse.  


5. Greenery

Few interior elements present as exhilarating a contrast to the spare winter landscape as indoor plants. With their demands on time and care, plants also project a visceral sense of home and commitment. When tucking in for the colder months, invest in lush indoor greenery to help absorb air pollutants while infusing a room with ever-evolving natural beauty. Ferm Living's Hourglass Planter, above, holds a hefty load of greens in its sumptuous steel volume, while Areaware's Stacking Planter sweetly fosters small-scale indoor growth within its circular stoneware form. The Ferm Living Plant Box is versatile enough for storing anything, but looks most fetching with cascading greens.