We get it, it’s cold outside and there’s only one thing you want to do: hibernate. But the year isn’t over yet, and there’s still so much to be done before we break for the holidays and binge-watch all the holiday movies in our best loungewear while we’re eating cookies. Who’s with me? Before we get to that though, first things first: We need all the tips we can get for how to make a cozy home.

We’re busying ourselves with getting the house ready for some major napping. And while we’re ready to dial up the comfort, we definitely don’t want to compromise on style. Want to know how to make your home cozy, too? Naturally, we looked to three of our favorite designers—Katie Hodges, Julie Van Daele of Well Received, and Erik Gacia of Maison Trouvaille—to find out, and there is one thing they all agreed on: Don’t skimp on the texture.

Cozy is when you walk into a space and immediately want to kick off your shoes, snuggle into a comfortable piece of furniture, and unwind and just feel relaxed,” says Garcia. “It inspires you to hang out there all day.” We couldn’t agree more. 

photo by Julie Van Daele of Well Received

Hodges also relies on texture when she wants to amp up the cozy factor, but lighting is also key, especially the warmth of a flame. In lieu of a fireplace, she says staggered candle pillars are a beautiful way to add a sense of intimacy and specialness to a space. 

photo by Haris Kenjar for Katie Hodges Design

And don’t forget to mix up your texture, too. Daele says it’s important to fuse knits, faux furs, and velvet, but most importantly, “don’t forget scent!” We’re talking incense, candles, and essential oils. Garcia agrees: “Scents are a great way to feel relaxed, calm, and luxurious.”

If you’re nodding your head in agreement on adding texture but shaking your head at how to make your home cozy and chic, then read on for our designer’s top tips:

  • Layer two different textured pillows in the same color palette to your sofa.
  • Put a throw over your sofa and on your armchairs.
  • Place an accent rug over your larger existing rug.

photo via Maison Trouvaille

Ready to put these tips into practice? Shop our designer’s favorite pieces to make your home look and feel cozy:

Jenni Kayne Aspen Boucle Throw

Is your room feeling cold and in need of a warm hug? Simply toss a textured throw over it and see it cozy up in an instant. This alpaca throw is definitely a splurge but it will last you many winters.


Jenni Kayne Aspen Boucle Throw, $395

Skultuna Nattlight Candlesticks

There is nothing quite like a candle to set the mood and the holder always changes up the scene. This brass style is a classic and never goes out of style.


Skultuna Nattlight Candlesticks, starting at $100

Lostine Bella Maplewood Candleholder

Natural materials will always warm and cozy up a space. You can’t go wrong with these beautiful Maplewood candleholders.


Lostine Bella Maplewood Candleholder, $118

Creative Candles Taper Candles 9″

You don’t always have to reach for white candles, consider neutral hues in soft beige and brown, even a mustard is great for the fall and winter months.


Creative Candles Taper Candles 9″, $22.25

Sunday Citizen Snug Throw

Looks beautiful, feels heavenly. Nothing says cozy quite like the blanket you’ll happily have wrapped around you all weekend long.


Sunday Citizen Snug Throw, $98

The Citizenry Pasado Alpaca Throw

Layer your textures and your colors. Opt for soft shades that enhance the cozy factor.


The Citizenry Pasado Alpaca Throw, $175

Andrej Urem Lace Candle

Not only do candles warm up a room with their light but Daele tells me they also elevate your dining or coffee table with their unique and beautiful designs—and she’s obsessed with this lace candle!


Andrej Urem Lace Candle, $45

Glaze Brushed Brass U Candle

If you want to move away from the typical tapered candle, then choose a sculptural moment like this U candle that also doubles as decor. You might not want to burn it though!


Glaze Brushed Brass U Candle, $120

Farmhouse Pottery Pantry Candlestick, $65

You can always count on Farmhouse Pottery to supply some major hygge. These candleholders will definitely set the cozy mood.


Farmhouse Pottery Pantry Candlestick

Apparatus Candle Blocks

These are a total splurge but Daele is a huge fan of the Apparatus designers and these will be a statement piece in your home forever.


Apparatus Candle Blocks, $760

Elemense Incense – Suou

Daele actually gifted me this incense set for my birthday last year and I just bought another pack because it’s so beautiful. We also bought the acorn incense holder.


Elemense Incense – Suou, $40

Tennen Spring Arroyo Cone Incense

Daele is a huge fan of scent when creating a cozy space at home. These Tennen cones can be burned throughout the day to raise the vibration.


Tennen Spring Arroyo Cone Incense, $28

The Citizenry Catalina Boucle Bolster Pillow

Making your room cozy isn’t just about your living room. This bolster pillow is a wonderful combination with throw pillows and is so nice to snuggle with while watching Netflix.


The Citizenry Catalina Boucle Bolster Pillow, $220

CB2 16″ Mauve Mongolian Sheepskin Pillow

Is there anything you want to snuggle with more than this Mongolian pillow? We think not.


CB2 16″ Mauve Mongolian Sheepskin Pillow, $89.95

CB2 18” Shorn Sheepskin Camel Pillow

You can always rely on CB2 for affordable decor to upgrade your home each season. This beautiful sheepskin throw pillow is just the perfect cozy piece.


CB2 18” Shorn Sheepskin Camel Pillow, $69.95

CB2 Chunky Ivory Knit Pillow

Combine textures in various materials, fabrics, and prints to diversify the design.


CB2 20″ Simon Ivory Wool Pillow, $59.95

CB2 18″ Plait Ivory Pillow,

Don’t forget to layer your patterns with simple neutrals to anchor the space.


CB2 18″ Plait Ivory Pillow, $29.97

Hollywood at Home Manta in Ivory Alpaca Throw

You can never go wrong with an Alpaca wool throw. This one just gets better with age.


Hollywood at Home Manta in Ivory Alpaca Throw, $295

Burke Decor Niko Woven Pillow in Dark Brown

The stitching detail on this pillow really gives it that homemade touch and we love the textured wool fabric—so warm and cozy.


Burke Decor Niko Woven Pillow in Dark Brown, $60

Frama 1917 Scented Candle

If there was one piece of decor that you could always rely on for cozy vibes, it’s the humble scented candle.


Frama 1917 Scented Candle, $57

Boy Smells Figurare Candle

One of the most beautiful fruits to eat and enjoy, figs also possess a fragrance that’s wonderfully floral and sweet. Perfect for the holidays or all throughout the cold weather months, this candle offers up a soothing scent that mixes earthy, spicy, and herbal to perfection.


Boy Smells Figurare Candle, $39

West Elm Lush Velvet Pillow Cover

Velvet is an inherently rich and indulgent fabric, and this pillow’s lustrous glow creates layered interest when tossed on beds or sofas.


West Elm Lush Velvet Pillow Cover, $37.50

Lex Pott Twist Candle

Netherlands-based designer Lex Pott imbues a traditional piece with a little whimsy for a result that’s fun and unexpected but functional nonetheless.


Lex Pott Twist Candle, $40

Elemense x Hasami Porcelain Incense Burner

It’s clear that every detail in this incense burner has been carefully considered. While burning incense is an inherently calming act, it’ll be all the more relaxing with this elegant and elevated piece.


Elemense x Hasami Porcelain Incense Burner, $158

Pottery Barn Faux Fur Ombre Throws

If there’s a surefire way to achieve a cozy look, it’s with the softest, fuzziest blanket you can find draped over your sofa.


Pottery Barn Faux Fur Ombre Throws, $149

This post was originally published on December 18, 2020, and has since been updated.

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