10 Tips to Make Your Bedroom Cozy and Inviting

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Don’t you love cozy rooms that invite you in and make you never want to leave? You can transform your bedroom into a cozy retreat with these tips! From soft lighting to plush textiles, create a warm and inviting space you’ll love.

What’s cozy to one person may not be to another, and a lot of it depends on the size of your room and how much natural light you’re getting. But if you’re looking for ideas, this should get you started.

Bed in cozy bedroom

1. Go for Warm, Earthy Colors

The color palette you choose for your bedroom can greatly influence the overall level of coziness. Opt for warm, earthy tones like deep reds, burnt oranges, or rich browns to create a cozy, inviting atmosphere.

These hues can be incorporated through paint on the walls, bedding, rugs, or even accent pieces like throw pillows or artwork.

You can also choose a mostly neutral palette, but add pops of color through textiles, wall hangings, or decorative accessories. Soft, muted shades like sage green, dusty blue, or pale pink can also contribute to a cozy, relaxing vibe.

Wall Colors

If you’re repainting the walls, consider the following.

Avoid white walls if you’ve got good natural light

Bedroom with peach walls and gray curtains

White walls can turn garish in bright light from having plenty of windows. Warm, pastel, neutral colors – almond, peach, light brown – are very safe.

White for dark or small rooms

Small bedroom with white walls

On the other hand, if your room doesn’t get enough light or feels small and cramped, white can really open it up. White walls will literally reflect any light that’s coming in, and make the room seem bigger and brighter.

Rich, dark colors?

Bedroom in deep browns and earthy warm tones

If you have a lot of natural light and you like dark colors, a rich coffee brown or deep green might work for you. I’ve even seen gorgeous bedrooms done in deep, soft purple.

But imagine sleeping in that room for years to come before you commit! Dark is ideal for many sleepers, but can be overwhelming to others.

Bright colors?

Bedroom with bright green walls

Bright colors are not considered conducive to sleep. If you’re convinced bright is the way to go, test it first by taping up lots of pieces of construction paper in a bright color for a few days and see how it goes.

Generally, it’s recommended to avoid these colors in the bedroom.


Bedroom with light blue walls

Blue is considered a great color for sleeping rooms. But it can strike some people as depressing, especially in certain shades.

Some people find a wedgewood blue comforting. Pale blue can look like the sky. Deeper shades of blue are very conducive to sleep, but they need a lot of natural light or it can be a depressing place to wake up.

2. High-Quality Bedding

Bedroom in neutral colors with a quality mattress and bedclothes

The foundation of any cozy bedroom is the bed itself, so always opt for the best quality bedding you can afford. A comfortable mattress, plush comforter or duvet, and soft sheets, can make a world of difference in how your bedroom feels.

And look for natural materials like cotton, linen, or bamboo that are breathable and durable. Consider adding a cozy quilt or throw blanket at the foot of the bed for an extra layer of warmth and visual interest.

Fluffy pillows in various sizes can also contribute to the overall coziness. Take the time to find bedding that not only looks beautiful but also feels amazing to sink into at the end of a long day.

3. Soft Lighting

Bedroom lit by rope lights and fairy lights

Lighting plays a crucial role in setting the mood and ambiance of a room. In the bedroom, you’ll want to avoid harsh, overhead lighting and instead opt for softer, more ambient options.

Table lamps, floor lamps, and string lights can all contribute to a cozy, inviting atmosphere. Try placing lamps on your nightstands or dresser to provide a warm, gentle glow. Rope lights and “fairy lights” can also create a beautiful and softly lit atmosphere.

Dimmable lights allow you to control the brightness and create the perfect level of illumination for reading, relaxing, or drifting off to sleep. Candles are another excellent way to add soft, flickering light – just be sure to use them safely and blow them out before falling asleep.

4. Textured Fabrics

Bedroom with textured fabrics like velvet and chenille on the bed


Textiles play a significant role in creating a cozy bedroom. Incorporate a variety of soft, plush fabrics to add depth and visual interest to the space. Think velvet, chenille, or even faux fur – these materials instantly make a room feel more inviting and comfortable.

Consider adding a plush area rug to the floor, a cozy throw blanket draped over a chair or the foot of the bed, and decorative pillows in a range of textures. You can also hang curtains or drapes in rich, velvety fabrics to frame the windows and add a touch of luxury.

5. Use Layered Lighting

Bedroom with table lamps and pendant lights on the wall

In addition to incorporating soft, ambient lighting, try using layered lighting to create depth and dimension in your bedroom. This could involve a combination of table lamps, floor lamps, and even string lights or sconces.

Strategically placing lighting at different heights and in various corners of the room can help to eliminate dark spots and create a warm, welcoming glow. Dimmers are a great way to control the intensity of the lighting and set the perfect mood, whether you’re getting ready for bed or relaxing with a good book.

6. Add Cozy Textiles to the Windows

Plush curtains and sheers on bedroom window

Window treatments are another good place to add texture, and they can have a significant impact on the overall coziness of a bedroom. Consider adding plush, insulating curtains or drapes in a rich, velvety fabric or a cozy, textured material like linen or burlap. These can help to block out unwanted light and noise, creating a more peaceful and serene environment.

For an extra layer of coziness, you can also incorporate soft, flowing sheers or shades that can be drawn closed for privacy and ambiance. Layering different window treatments can add depth and visual interest to the space.

7. Add Cozy Seating

Cozy chair with table, lamp, magazines and bookshelves

Creating a cozy seating area or reading nook in your bedroom can transform the space into a true retreat. If you have the room, consider adding a plush armchair, loveseat, or chaise lounge where you can curl up with a book, sip your morning coffee, or simply enjoy some quiet reflection.

Pair the seating with a cozy throw blanket, decorative pillows, and perhaps even a small side table for setting down your drink or a reading lamp. This cozy nook can become a favorite spot for relaxation and unwinding.

8. Incorporate Natural Elements

Bedroom with several plants

Bringing in natural elements, such as plants, natural wood, or even stone, can instantly make a bedroom feel more cozy and grounded. Potted plants or small trees can add a touch of life and vibrancy to the space, while natural wood furniture or accents can lend a warm, rustic charm.

You can also incorporate natural textiles, like linen or jute, to add texture and depth to the room. These natural materials can help to create a soothing, earthy atmosphere that promotes relaxation and rest.

9. Rich Furniture Accents

Bedroom with wooden paneling and leather chair

When choosing furniture, think about both color and texture. Rich, dark, walnut-colored woods can reminiscent of older style homes and heirloom pieces.

Bleached out wood, on the other hand, gives you that coastal decor look, like it just came in from a winter in New England on the porch.

Leather chairs and sofas can be cozy with the right deco,. Sometimes in bedrooms they feel too shiny and slick, so upholstered furniture is another way to go.

Fabric-covered furniture, such as a nice upholstered reading chair in the corner, can add to the inviting feeling. It can also add a pop of color, or hold a throw pillow or blanket that’s colorful.

10. Carpet or Rugs for Flooring

Close-up of gray carpet

Hardwood may be beautiful, but it’s not as cozy as carpeting or rugs. Carpet is one of the coziest flooring options for a bedroom.

It also absorbs sound, making your bedroom a quieter refuge.


It provides a soft, warm surface that is comfortable to walk on, especially in bare feet. Carpet comes in a wide range of colors, textures, and pile heights, allowing you to customize the look and feel of your bedroom.

For maximum coziness, opt for a plush, high-pile carpet that feels luxurious underfoot. Consider neutral or soft tones to create a calming atmosphere, and don’t forget to add a quality rug pad for extra cushioning and insulation.


Area rugs are great if you don’t have (or don’t want) wall to wall carpeting.

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Last Updated:

June 21, 2024