How to Make Your Home a Soothing Sanctuary Right Now

Give your home a cozy refresh with these designer tips.
An Amagansett cottage living room by Fearins Welch Interior Design
Fearins | Welch Interior Design created this cozy, light-filled living room in an Amagansett, New York, cottage. Photo by Pernille Loof

Making our homes soothing and snug has never felt more necessary. And as we spend more time inside, we’re more conscious of the nooks and crannies that need cozification.

If you’re overwhelmed by the thought of completely redecorating your home right now to be more hygge, fret not. Countless smaller ways exist to transform your space into a calming refuge, starting with the essentials.

As Erin Fearins, a partner at Fearins | Welch Interior Design, puts it: “Coziness doesn’t have to involve obvious packages, like pillow-laden window nooks dotted with mugs of pumpkin-spice lattes. It’s an atmosphere of intimacy — always welcoming, in any season, and there’s always a place to set your drink.”

Andrew Torrey’s own Manhattan bedroom. Photo by Tim Lenz

Cashmere blankets are a surefire way to warm up a space, but make sure they are heavy enough that you can use them as a blanket, not a scarf,” says New York–based B. Andrew Torrey. Among other designer-approved essentials: shag carpets, wabi-sabi ceramics and chic tea sets.

Jesse Parris-Lamb designed this living room in a Williamsburg, Brooklyn, row house. Photo by Nicole Franzen

Commodious seating is key in creating a homey haven, according to Jesse Parris-Lamb cofounder Whitney Parris-Lamb. “Something about a low-slung, plush arrangement is just so much less formal and more inviting,” she says. “For a space to be truly cozy, everyone in the family should be comfortable!”

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