Many of us want a cozy home. Somewhere we can relax at the end of a long day either on our own or with family. A place where we can be comfortable and warm, safe in our own space. But also somewhere that we are happy to entertain.

But, creating a cozy house isn’t always easy. If your home is large, you might struggle to make the rooms feel cozy and snug. That doesn’t mean that it is impossible, however. Even a large home can be made cozy, and some rustic finishing touches are often a great way to do it. Let’s take a look at some of the best rustic touches to create the cozy home of your dreams.

Wood

Wood might be one of the first things that you think of when you hear the word rustic. You might think of barns, thick wooden beams, and chunky pieces of furniture. Use these images as a theme for your home. Bring the outdoors in with large wooden pieces, such as thick worktops and dining tables and large coffee tables and shelves, but also with smaller touches, such as side tables, photo frames, and other accessories.

Heavy Fabrics

Heavy fabrics, such as thick velvet curtains and large tartan wool throws are a great way to make a room feel warmer. They add depth and create a cozy atmosphere. Try to use lots of different textures, colors, and patterns on throws, curtains, rugs, and cushions for the best effect.

Wicker

Wicker is incredibly rustic and natural. It works well with sophisticated decor, as well as minimalist designs, and there’s plenty of easy ways to incorporate it into your home. Add these Amish Baskets for easy storage with a rustic design. They’ll look great in living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms and hallways, and make great storage for a variety of different things.

Plants

When we think of rustic, it’s often about bringing the outdoors and other natural elements into our homes. What better way to do this is there than plants? Add large houseplants to spacious areas, and smaller plants to shelves and sides. They’ll look great while also improving your mood, boosting your creativity, and improving the quality of the air in your home. Use terracotta and neutral shades for your planters and pots. Pictures of plants in frames, plant prints on the wallpaper, and even plant themes on your accessories can also look great.

A Neutral Palette

Not everything in a cozy home needs to be neutral. Adding pops of color, and especially deep shades like burgundy, navy, and plum, can be an effective way to add extra depth and warmth. But, keeping the bulk of your rooms neutral inspires thoughts of nature, and lets those finishing touches do the talking. Creams, greys, and wooden shades are great places to start.

Other Materials

Wood is the ultimate rustic element, but using other materials too can make it stand out. Reflective surfaces like metal and mirrors, always look great, and metallic accessories, like copper and rose gold, are both warming and sophisticated. 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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