10 Ways to Cozy-Up a Minimalist Look

Cozy and minimalism might not be the first combination that comes to mind when you think of a perfect match, but it ought to be.



That’s because no aesthetic preference requires more careful thought around elements of comfort and cozy than one adhering to a pared-back design.

Rustic and traditional styles have warmth built right in; but minimalist enthusiasts have to exercise a bit of creative ingenuity to achieve an atmosphere that’s as warm and inviting as it is sleek and simple.

That means that those who have mastered the art of a minimalist design have plenty they can teach us when it comes to warming up our own looks without sacrificing our style. And as it turns out, it’s a lot easier than you might think.

Behold some of our favorite tips and tricks below.

Candle magic

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When it comes to warming up a room, little is more effective than thoughtfully-placed candles. Not only will they cast a warm glow across your space, but they can also infuse inviting scents to enhance your home’s vibe.

Their small size means you can incorporate them with abandon without risking your design. Plus, candles come in so many different styles, shapes, sizes, and scents, that it’s easy to find perfect matches for your unique style and preferences.

Layers on layers

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Layers bring all kinds of aesthetic goodness to a space, but they’re especially effective at cultivating an inviting atmosphere, so don’t hold back when it comes to yours.

Layering things like blankets, throw pillows, and different textures will make your space more physically and visually comfortable, in addition to making it more interesting. And as far as we’re concerned, the more variety you incorporate, the better.

Lovely lighting

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Your choice of lighting carries a lot of weight in your overall aesthetic appearance, so choose carefully. Fixtures that cast yellow light akin to candles versus bluish digital light tend to work best for cozy vibes.

And don’t overlook the ability of year-round twinkle lights to create the feeling you’re after. As long as they’re thoughtfully installed, like in this stunning kitchen, they can be as chic as any other lighting option, and a lot more fun.

Run with rugs

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In addition to making a space look more comfortable, rugs have the ability to make it literally feel more comfortable, as well. So make your life easier by investing in a few for your home.

Shaggy, furry area rugs like this one are perfect for increasing comfort, but nearly rug you can find will add a dimension of cozy, so pick whatever best suits your style.

Natural wood

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Nature has a way of bringing comforting energy, which makes natural wood a stellar material to integrate into your minimalist space.

Here, a plain white room is completely brought to life thanks to its use of a reclaimed wood bed frame. If you like your colours to stay sweet and simple, let the wonders of nature take your design to the next level with their inherent warmth.

Gallery walls

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Anything that will amp up your home’s personality without encroaching on its space is a worthy consideration for minimalist fanatics. And a gallery wall is among your best options in that regard.

A gallery wall is an opportunity to display things you love and reflect your personal style at the same time it fills up wall space that might otherwise look too sterile and uninviting.

It also happens to be a low-risk way to play with bold colours, so if you’ve been itching to try Pantone Greenery but don’t want to overcommit, this is a great place to try it out.

Great greenery

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Speaking of greenery, plant life definitely ought to be in your arsenal of comfy-cozy vibe-makers.

A smattering of plants will purify your home’s air, function as minimal decor, and, of course, bring plenty of life into your look.

But if you don’t have a green thumb, don’t worry! There are so many low-maintenance options available, such as succulents and air plants, that you don’t need to know a thing about horticulture to keep them alive and watch them thrive.

Baskets of cozy

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If you’re head over heels for minimalism, then you probably already know how valuable it is to incorporate pieces of decor that can also do double-duty in the function department, such as provide extra storage.

That said, wire baskets filled with cozy blankets are a no-fail way to add warmth to your aesthetic while also providing necessary functionality during cool evenings.

Floating shelves

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Just as a gallery wall can turn a cold wall inviting so, too, can floating shelves. Even better, they’re another double-duty decor item that will look great while providing a home for your odds and ends.

We like floating shelving as opposed to standing shelving due to its capacity to house and store items without taking up any floor space, but really any shelving will serve to add a dose of comforting warmth.


Total texture

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A great way to make the most of the layering trick we mentioned above, is to be sure you’re incorporating lots of textures into those layers. Doing so will give you a rich look with more depth, as well as visual intrigue.

And any textures will do, but mixing and matching them is your best bet in terms of optimizing their effect. Pair velvet with faux fur or chunky knit wool with soft cotton; the only rule is the combination has to make you feel good.