Trans­form spa­ces into cozy re­treats

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Cool weather of­ten drives peo­ple to spend more hours in­doors than they do dur­ing the warmer months. Au­tumn is a time to win­ter­ize gar­dens, put away lawn fur­ni­ture and pre­pare for the hol­i­day sea­son. Au­tumn also pro­vides the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to be­gin home in­te­rior projects.

Many peo­ple de­cide to re­dec­o­rate their homes to re­flect each sea­son. When tem­per­a­tures change, it’s time to tran­si­tion from the light col­ors and breezy fab­rics sym­bolic of sum­mer to thicker, darker ma­te­ri­als that evoke co­zi­ness.

With some in­spi­ra­tion and a lit­tle know-how, any home­owner or apart­ment dweller can cozy up a space in time for fall and win­ter.

• In­vest in area rugs. While wood floors can look beau­ti­ful and work well with many dif­fer­ent de­sign styles, wood can feel chilly un­der­foot. Thick area rugs add warmth to a room and can help it look more lived-in. Area rugs also help a room ap­pear more co­he­sive, co­or­di­nat­ing with other col­ors in a space and pro­vid­ing a vis­ual bor­der.

• Prac­tice lay­er­ing in rooms. An af­ford­able and rel­a­tively easy way to make a room seem more cozy is to layer fab­rics and other ac­cents. Lay­ers can in­clude throws and blan­kets. Re­move place mats from the din­ing room ta­ble and use them on ac­cent ta­bles or an ot­toman in the liv­ing room. Ta­ble run­ners also can add a splash of color to the top of bed­room dressers.

• Play with tex­ture. Look for fab­rics that boast tex­ture and can add a tac­tile feel to spa­ces. When used on throw pil­lows or small ac­cents, faux fur can cre­ate that cozy cabin feel. Draperies made from nubby fab­rics or those with grooves and ridges can add di­men­sion to a room as well. Even a lamp­shade made of an un­usual fab­ric, such as a waf­fle-pat­terned ma­te­rial, can add a lit­tle depth and warmth to a space.

• Reeval­u­ate your light­ing. Light­ing a space is more than just flip­ping on a switch. Find­ing the right bal­ance of light­ing fix­tures can in­stantly trans­form the feel of a room. Cre­ate more warmth and a cozy feel by switch­ing out bulbs from cooler shades to warmer ones — those that give off yel­low and pink hues rather than cool blues. Ac­cent light­ing helps es­tab­lish a com­fort­able space for curl­ing up and read­ing a good book. Spot light­ing, such as fix­tures that are trained on art­work or in­side of a cu­rio or china cabi­net, also can set a more wel­com­ing mood.

• In­stall a bookshelf and start a book col­lec­tion. Piles and stacked books can add warmth to any space. Books evoke the hal­lowed halls of schools and quiet nooks in the li­brary. Fill shelves with books in­ter­spersed with ad­di­tional de­sign ac­cents, and you will in­stantly make a room feel more invit­ing.

• Choose dark paint. Do not feel ner­vous about in­cor­po­rat­ing deeper shades in rooms. Dark col­ors give rooms a more en­closed feel than lighter col­ors, and that can cre­ate a warm and cozy feel­ing. This works par­tic­u­larly well in larger spa­ces that feel vast and empty. If you’re scared to paint all of your walls, try a darker shade be­low a chair rail or just paint one ac­cent wall.

• Add ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments. Think about adding rich mold­ings to crown the ceil­ings or to frame door­ways. If you have the space for a nook, cre­ate a win­dow seat be­neath a pic­ture win­dow or add a bench and cush­ions in a cor­ner for a nice es­cape spot.

Use the colder weather as an op­por­tu­nity to rein­vent some of the rooms in your home. With paint, tex­ture, fab­ric, light­ing, and more, rooms can be quickly trans­formed into cozy respites from the cold.

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