Smart Design With Suzette: Creating A Cozy & Inviting Home

Welcoming entry. Courtesy photo
Smart Design with Suzette

Creating A Cozy & Inviting Home

You don’tneed to have a lot of money to have a beautiful, inviting home. But when faced daily with the images of people who have more than you, it can be hard to remember that you can still make a lovely space without a lot of money. Whenever you’re feeling down about not having as big a budget for home decor as you’d like, peruse this list to remind yourself how to have a fantastic, cozy, and inviting home without spending a lot of money.

Keep It Clean

The act of cleaning has many benefits including physical, mental, and emotional. Cleaning reduces allergies, kills viruses, reduces stress, burns calories, encourages cooking and improves mental state. Let’s face it – there’s nothing better than walking into a house that is clean and organized.

Small Pleasures

Splurge on that bouquet of flowers or fragrant candle.And don’t let your small treasures be storedwaiting for a “special occasion.” Use your favorite things every day and you’ll find yourself enjoying your home more and more.

Creating A Welcoming Atmosphere

Having a home that is inviting makes for both an enjoyable and memorable place. It’s the thing that differentiates a great home from just a good one, and it’s the thing that makes guests want to stay and linger in your home as long as possible.These are merely suggestions of areas and ways you might do some adjusting to tweak and find your home’s sweet spot.

Example of art and color to draw people into a room. Courtesy photo

1. Front door and entryway
Don’t underestimate the inviting power of great curb appeal. Winter’s tough but a clean front stoop and a bright welcome mat does wonders.

2. Use color and art
Consider a guest’s first view of your space and pay special attention to designing the farthest point of that view. For instance, paint the far wall across from your front door in a bold accent color, add fun art or lighting, or anything else that will capture attention. This will almost literally pull people into and through your home, creating this feeling that they want to stay awhile and explore your space.

3. Soft textiles
Perhaps the most obvious suggestion on the list, but it’s still incredibly effective. Go for plush rugs or area rugs, deep furniture andbig throw pillows. No one I know can resist soft textures to cuddle up with. Just think about a soft couch, blanket, roaring fireplace, a good book and hot cocoa, coffee or cup of tea. Very inviting, am I right?

4. Soften harsh lines
Lots of straight, harsh lines — even those on very firm modern upholstery — can look unpleasant and work against trying to have an inviting space. Tricks like floor length curtains to soften a window frame or tossing a soft throw blanket over a corner of a couch or chair can break up a straight line and make the room feel more inviting.

5. Good smells
Odors in the home can be a nuisance and embarrassing if you have guests. Sometimes, it is even difficult to pinpoint what is causing an odor. It is important to track down the odor source and take steps to eliminate it.

It’s easy to make your house smell great without any chemicals, using ingredients you likely have in your house right now! Open a window. Boil cinnamon.Bake something like cookies, apple pie or bread.Grind coffee. Flower arrangements. Make herb sachets oranessential oil diffuser. Any of these natural remedieswill keep your home smelling fresh. 

Cozy and inviting. Courtesy photo

Keep It Cozy

A truly cozy house – one that meets your needs, and invites visitors in – will be beautiful as well.If you, too, crave something warm and homey, here are a few ideas for getting the look that says: “Come in. Stay a while.”

1. Look for furniture that is ‘curl-up-able’
Before purchasing anything designed for sitting, you must consider its curl-up-ability. Yes, I am making up words. Go and sit in as many pieces of furniture that it takes until you find the right one that is most comfortable.

2. Mix it up
Mix together different pieces of furniture. Don’t ever buy a ‘set’ of furniture. A more eclectic mix will create visual texture and make any space more inviting and cozy.

3. Fill your house with things you would want to touch 
An old leather chair, a worn wood table, a fluffy throw, a patterned rug – items with lots of texture, that are interesting to touch and hold – add warmth to a room.

4. Use warm colors
Every color has a “mood”. Cooler colors make a space feel larger and airier. Warm colors do the opposite – they make a space feel smaller and cozier. Every color, even whites and blacks, can have cool or warm undertones.

5. Lighting, lighting, lighting 
One of the most important factors in how a room looks is something most people usually don’t even think about: light. Sometimes I find myself drooling over a beautiful image in a magazine, only to realize – “I don’t like the stuff in this room. I like the light.” Try to include multiple light sources in a room–natural lighting from windows, accent lighting, task lighting and general lighting.

6. Live with the things you love
Above all, surround yourself with things that make your house feel like home because they remind you of people and things you love. Then when you’re at home, you will feel that it is a place where you truly belong.

Feel free to contact Los Alamos Interior Designer Suzette Fox to suggest specific design topics or for help with your home. For more information, find her on Facebook at and on her website