How To Make Your Home Cozy For Fall – 5 Easy Comforts You’ll Never Want To Leave

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You want to know how to make your home cozy and inviting this fall but don’t have extra time to spare. Never fear! With these quick tricks, you can create a cozy haven of warmth and comfort and know how to make your home cozy on a budget as well. Let make our haven enjoyable and memorable for fall with these 5 quick home hacks – done in a jif!

cozy living room with fireplace & how to make your home cozy


How to make your home cozy at any time

How to make your home cozy and calm this fall (and for every season) is really pretty simple when you break it down.  The following home hacks will help welcome everyone who walks through its doors.  We can prepare our hearts too. But beware, when you know how to make your house cozy and warm, you may have trouble getting folks to leave!

1.  Add Darkness & Light

Most days, I want the sun to pour in but when we want to cozy up on the couch with movies, I enjoy heavy window treatments that shut out the light and adding my own soft lighting inside.  The flickering light of candles and other soft light sources are so calming.

This year, I’ve been obsessed with those flameless, faux candles that flicker just like the real thing.  I have a few but can’t get enough of them! These are in my shopping cart right this very minute because they also come with a remote and can be used outside as well…

Flameless Candles, Set of 7
The other way I know how to make your home cozy is by adding the soft warm white LED lights provided by this lighted cherry blossom tree or something similar.  I love the contrast of the soft brown branch and soft, clear lighted flower blooms.  This one is my fave…

Lightshare LED Blossom Tree

2.  Add softness

One of the quickest, cheapest, and easiest ways to cozy up your home is by simply adding blankets, throws, and pillows in a variety of heavier materials.  Don’t have new fall pillows or throws?  Just tie a piece of remnant burlap around the center of one of your pillows or hot glue some fall fabric around it like this…

You can also bring out that old fuzzy rug that you have hiding in the closet to immediately add dimension and warmth to that living space.

3.  Add nostalgic scents

Of course, nothing says cozy like yummy smells in the home.  Whether you are into candle, meltable wax, or essential oils, I suggest putting one of them in a pretty container that you love and burning when you walk in the door.  Nothing calms my stress away like a fall-scented candle or gluten free banana bread or pumpkin cupcakes baking in the oven.

4.  Add warmth

One home hack I’ve had to learn when figuring out how to make your home cozy is to add different textures to a room.  Walk into your non-cozy space right now and tell me what textures are there already?  Do you already have wood, galvanized metal, fabric like burlap, or any fuzzy materials?  If you had a hard time finding a variety of textures in your room, my advice is to just add a little bit of what you are missing.

I believe that’s why the farmhouse living craze has been so popular.  We are drawn to spaces that have a mixture of woods, chalkboard, greenery, burlap, metal, etc.  Doesn’t that last sentence make you think of THE farmhouse?  It’s really pretty simple really.

5. Add plants or small furniture

Fill those empty corners and empty spaces economically with plants and small pieces of decor. This doesn’t have to be expensive.  Simply add baskets with cozy blankets in them to the corners of the room.  Add a stack of old books on a shelf.  Put a container of flowers (real or faux) in a container on the coffee table.

Easy Peasy!

How to make your home cozy for fall

To specially know how to make your home cozy for fall, I would just add elements mentioned above, but with a fall theme when possible.  Lots of warm-colored candles and fall decor, burlap, wood, flannel, and of course, mums.

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As you can tell, I’m pretty passionate about cozying up the homestead AND about fall decor in our homes.  It all just makes my heart sing and my face smile.  Have fun with all this, friend, and know that you can cozy up your home on a budget and in a jiffy if you put your mind to it!  Let me know how it goes!

Already know how to make your home cozy for fall?  Share with us your cozy knowledge in the comments below you best tips!


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  1. candy
    October 19, 2018 / 7:38 am

    Plenty of lighting and candles to help and love pillows to put around and lay on. Don’t forget those comfortable throws for the legs and feet and something warm and yummy to serve.

  2. Kristin's Peppermints and Cherries
    October 19, 2018 / 8:51 am

    Fall is one of my favorite times of year because of the coziness of it! I love flameless candles too… so much safer, plus I use diffusers instead of real candles. Christmas Spirit from Young Living is the best oil for fall, winter, and really anytime!!!

  3. Andrea
    October 19, 2018 / 11:16 am

    That opening photo is sooo inviting ! I love the flameless candles too ! I have them all over the house , they make a room so cozy. Thanks for all the great ideas .

  4. Kiersten
    October 19, 2018 / 12:59 pm

    These are all great ideas! I love candles! Since I have cats, I have some shelves they can’t get to where I put my candles. I also have several wax warmers and essential oil diffusers. My house smells like pumpkin spice right now!

    • Shan
      October 19, 2018 / 5:31 pm

      I’ve never had a cat live inside with me. Had no idea you had to be careful with candles. They are curious things I guess. Love the wax warmers too and anything pumpkin spice!!!


  5. katriza
    October 19, 2018 / 1:04 pm

    I wish we had a fireplace! I would love to be cozy next to it with some hot chocolate and some awesome fuzzy blankets and throw pillow <3

    • Shan
      October 19, 2018 / 5:30 pm

      I hear ya, Katriza! I love those inserts with the faux fireplaces around them. They’ve come a long way and many are gorgeous!!! 🙂


  6. Kate Loves Travel
    October 19, 2018 / 1:16 pm

    Great tips! It’s definitely time to start making our home cosy… it’s getting colder in the evenings now!

  7. Brit Strawbridge
    October 19, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    Yes yes yes to all of these tips!! I hate the cold, but it’s so much more bearable when you make home cozy!

    • Shan
      October 19, 2018 / 5:23 pm

      Same here… I love the cool, crisp days of fall the best – and yes, making it cozy makes it all better! 🙂

      much love,

  8. Lydia
    October 19, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    These are great tips for cozying up your home! I’m feeling nostalgic for Autumn! It’s Spring here in New Zealand.

    • Shan
      October 19, 2018 / 5:22 pm

      Aw, that is so neat, Lydia that our seasons are different. You can be ready for Autumn! 😉


  9. Melodie
    October 19, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    I love fall because in New England the trees changing are beautiful but it also gets dark so early! These are some great ideas to make my home more comfortable. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Megan
    October 19, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    I love your ideas on lighting and on adding softness and different textures. I just bought some new seasonal pillows for my couch. After reading this, I know it will be cozy!

  11. Tallary
    October 19, 2018 / 10:24 pm

    Great ideas. There are always so many pretty decor ideas and throw pillows out for fall and the holidays.

  12. Angela Tolsma
    October 20, 2018 / 7:56 am

    I have been wanting the light up blossom tree for ages! I think it would be perfect in the house during the winter, but I have yet to make the investment.

  13. Stephanie
    October 20, 2018 / 9:16 am

    This is something I’ve been working on in my entire home. In the living room, we added sconce lighting a couple of years ago that are on dimmers so I can easily change the lighting in there. And once it cools off enough I’ll pull out my basket of blankets, too!

  14. Joshua
    October 20, 2018 / 4:11 pm

    Your cozy fall decor ideas are great. Love adding candles and houseplants to warm my living spaces

  15. Lara
    October 20, 2018 / 4:54 pm

    I’m all about number 2! Blankets and pillows are my weakness haha!

  16. Michelle Catallo
    October 20, 2018 / 5:08 pm

    I absolutely love changing certain items over for the fall / autumn weather too. Throw pillows, different scented candles, door wreaths, and accented gourds. Just got a stylish space heater too, loving it.

  17. Christa
    October 20, 2018 / 6:28 pm

    I love this! Having a cozy home is such a great way to de-stress. The flamelesss candles are such a great idea!

  18. maysz
    October 21, 2018 / 5:12 am

    We don’t have fall season here in Philippines! but this tips really helps 🙂 Great post!

  19. Jessica Hughes
    October 21, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    I love all of your suggestions for making your home cozy. One of my favorites is using scents, I think fall and winter have the best scents that invoke coziness.

  20. Neely Moldovan
    October 21, 2018 / 8:27 pm

    Candles and blankets are my love language. I think my husband may commit me if I buy one more blanket!

  21. Jaclyn Musselman
    October 22, 2018 / 7:54 am

    Yes to all of these! I love cozy too. My favorites are blankets and candles.

  22. Lindsay Joseph
    October 22, 2018 / 8:37 am

    I’m getting ready to move and have zero idea of how to redecorate my new home (Which is very much needed). I’m looking forward to being able to use some of your tips in order to do so.

  23. D
    October 22, 2018 / 10:11 am

    Great 5 simple ideas to make your home more cozy. I love it all and agree with you 100% but I also love to add to your aromas section by saying that you could bring to a boil in water a few sticks of cinnamon and some slices of oranges or lemons. This will give you some amazing scents throughout the whole house. I too wrote a piece on how to make your home more cozy and I feel we have the same feeling of what is cozy!

    D, xo || from

    • Shan
      October 22, 2018 / 1:14 pm

      I’ll have to check that out! I agree and thought of the cinnamon mixture after I published. Thanks for adding your ideas.

  24. Vyom Kapoor
    October 22, 2018 / 1:44 pm

    Such quick and easy ways to make your home comfortable, warm and cozy for fall. Candles and some warm earthly aromas are my favorites. I love the smell of cinnamon spice and pumpkin spice latte so much.

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