The holiday season is upon us! For many of us, that also means battling blustery blizzards, cautiously conquering icy roads, and facing overwhelmingly crowded shopping malls. It’s during these times that coming home to a cozy apartment is ultra-important.
Your home is your sanctuary, and at the end of a long day at work or a hectic trip to the store, it’s a place where you can unwind and create long-lasting memories with your friends and family. What better way to do that than by filling your apartment with holiday cheer?
Here are seven ways you can make your apartment a little more comfortable this winter:
Light a Few Scented Candles
Our sense of smell is extremely powerful when it comes to our emotions. In other words, every time you pick up a particular scent, you’re not just getting the smell itself, but also the emotions and experiences you associate with it.
For some, nothing says holiday cheer like the smell of gingerbread cookies and cinnamon apple pie. Maybe you prefer the scent of pine needles or vanilla cupcakes. Whichever aroma you prefer, working some seasonal scented candles into your home is a sure way to make it cozy in the present while simultaneously reminding you of happy seasons past.
Add Festive Throws and Pillows
Curling up on the couch while wrapped in a comfortable blanket and watching Christmas specials with loved ones is one of the best ways to enjoy the holidays. To help facilitate that beloved pastime, consider switching out your pillows and throws for ones with more festive patterns and images. A great way to do this is to invest in multiple pillow covers that are easy to switch out as the seasons change.
Incorporating a new throw is as easy as taking it out of the shopping bag and draping it over the couch, but you could also keep it rolled up in a nearby decorative basket. When picking out a throw to add to your holiday collection, remember to consider its texture. Maybe it’s fuzzy or furry, or maybe it feels just like your favorite childhood blanket that your grandmother knitted for you. Either way, you’ll know what makes you comfiest.
Bring Nature Indoors
While being indoors is ideal on a cold night, bringing some nature in with you will go a long way towards making your apartment feel super cozy. Consider working natural elements like pinecones and sprigs from pine trees into your holiday decor. Use them in wreaths, centerpieces, and even as tree ornaments.
Alternatively, you might buy a couple of festive plants like poinsettias or Norfolk Island pine trees, which are much smaller and softer than standard trees and usually come in decorative pots.
Don’t be afraid to get creative here! Even twigs and bark can look beautiful when arranged in unique ways.
Use Warm Lighting
Holiday lights come in an array of colors and intensities, but the best way to make your apartment feel cozy is to opt for warm white lights. Wrap them around your railings and Christmas tree and hang them up in your doorways to create a relaxed atmosphere.
Set Up a Warm Drink Station
Enjoying a cup of warm tea or hot chocolate is the perfect way to end a fun-filled day of sledding down hills or skating across a frozen pond. A lot of people like to set up bar carts or coffee stations in their apartments year-round. Why not add a holiday drink station to the mix? That way, you’ll always come home to half the work being done. Just put the kettle on and you’re done!
Play Holiday Music
When preparing your apartment for the holidays, it’s important to appeal to all of your senses, including sound.
Cuddling up in a warm throw with a cup of tasty hot cocoa can only get better once you’ve put on some cheerful music! Put together a playlist of your favorites to complete the the coziness of your holiday-ready home.
Remember that Less is More
Holiday decorations really do add to the overall comfort of your home in the winter, but when you live in a smaller apartment, less is definitely more.
Putting out too many decorations can make your place feel crowded and chaotic, which can be very uncomfortable. It’s better to be strategic in your decorating and only use pieces that have meaning to you. That way, your apartment will still feel cozy without overwhelming you.