The Best Ideas for Creating a Cozy Winter Bedroom

I’m sharing with you some of my favorite cozy winter bedroom ideas.

I always love cozy but I especially crave it in the fall and winter season. 

When you see “Cozy” in the description of a home for sale, it typically means small space, small bedrooms, or small living space. 

Well, we are the definitive cozy home!

How to create a cozy bedroom at christmas time with a christmas tree twinkling in our room

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Our Cozy Bedroom

After a long day, there is nothing better than an inviting bedroom that is a cozy oasis, especially in the cold weather months. 

We have a soothing tone to our bedroom with a base white & blue color palette. The blue walls and the white bedding work well with the warm wood-colored ceiling. In the summer/spring, the wood ceiling adds a nautical feel to the house and in the fall/winter, it gives it that cozy cabin vibe. I have a Persian area rug in warm colors under our bed. 

To make our bedroom more welcoming and warm in the colder months I use a thick, comfy down comforter, covered with a white duvet cover. An extra fluffy comforter gives your room not only the ultimate cozy feeling but also adds extra warmth to your bed. 

I fold my summer coverlet at the bottom of the bed to add extra layers of bedding. I also bring out additional throw pillows and throw blankets which I add to both the bed and the chair.

Clean & Crisp Sheets

I would love to have the time or money to have my sheets changed and cleaned every single day. There is nothing like climbing into clean, crisp sheets. Occasionally I treat myself and take my sheets to the cleaners to be pressed. For me, this is such a luxurious present. 

While some people enjoy flannel sheets in the cold weather months we like crisp cotton sheets. Both “Handy” and I sleep better in cotton sheets with layers over us. 

For us, spending a bit more on high-quality bedding is worth the investment. When I have bought cheaper sheets, they don’t last very long. “Handy” for some reason shreds the sheets by his feet. I think it’s a combination of the fact that he needs a pedicure 🙂 and he has restless leg syndrome so he rubs his feet against the sheets all night. Spending more on quality cotton sheets has solved that problem.

white shiplap headboard with lots of pillows and crisp sheets in my post how to create a cozy bedroom

My new favorite sheets are made by the same company as our mattress. Our Nest Bedding US-made Crinkle Percale Organic Sleep Set is my new favorite sheet. I love them because they have a crisp feel while being very soft on your skin. The top sheets are very long on the end and the sides which I love because it stays tucked into the mattress well. The set also comes with 4 pillowcases which is the icing on the cake for me. 

I also use these sets when I’m washing my Nest Bedding Sheets.  The Pottery Barn Organic Percale Sheets also work well for us. I love them because they also have that crisp feel that we like and the top sheet is also long at the end but it’s a bit skimpier on the sides.   

Two other favorites are CuddleDown Hotel Sateen Sheets.  and Brooklinen Luxe Core Sateen. Both are a bit pricey but they have a beautiful feel to them. They are also pretty resistant to wrinkles. They have a very long end to them so they stay tucked in and have adequate length on the sides. 

I used to buy Wamsutta Pima Cotton 1000-Count Sheets and they weren’t cheap sheets. Unfortunately, they didn’t hold up to the wear on “Handy’s” side of the bed. I do love their sheets and use them on all of our other beds. They had a good quality, crisp feel and they have a nice deep pocket for a pillow top mattress. They were long enough on the sides but not very long at the end of the bed. If you don’t have a foot problem partner, these are a good option.

Layered Bedding

As I already described, I believe that adding layers is the best way to cozy up your room in the winter. It’s more of a look than a necessity. I typically only have a sheet over me all year long. “Handy” on the other hand, loves the feel of the heavy blankets in the colder months. 

My winter bedding consists of a top sheet, a light blanket, and then a comforter on top. 

We let it get pretty cold in the house at night. I could live with the windows open all winter. 

I have considered trying the Scandanavian sleeping method. It’s a practice that is used in Germany, Norway and Sweden. That is probably why it seems like such a good idea to me; it’s in my DNA. In this method, you forgo the top sheet and each person in the bed has their own twin comforter with a duvet cover. 

Just add crisp sheets, a down comforter and lots of pillows for a cozy bedroom.

Sleep

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. The way you feel while you are awake depends in part on what happens while you are sleeping. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health.

A Good Mattress

A good night’s sleep is so important for our health and well-being and we have prioritized getting a new mattress (as suggested) at least every 10 years. 

The mattress we bought a couple of years ago is a Nest Mattress. We have a hybrid mattress that is a combination of both wrapped coils and memory foam. 

It’s made a huge difference in our sleep quality.

Lighting for a Cozy Room

nothing says cozy better than the glow of a candle next to the bed

During this time of year when the natural light is not optimal, it’s the perfect time to add cozy lighting to your bedroom.

We have overhead lighting that is very harsh to me so I only use it when I’m doing something like cleaning or putting clothes away. 

The rest of the time we use low lighting with small table lamps on your bedside table. A small lamp on a dresser can create a great ambiance on a cold and dreary day. If you don’t have a lot of space for a table lamp, floor lamps are another great option. 

Lamps in the right place are a great way to give visual interest to a small space along with creating a feeling of coziness.

I always opt for light bulbs that create warm lighting. Soft white bulbs are the ones that give off that soft warm glow. 

Check out Facebook Marketplace or Goodwill for lamps before you buy new ones. Walking through Goodwill can give you so many budget-friendly ideas.

I have found lots of little lamps that I’ve refreshed with paint. My latest lamp project turned out amazing with the help of blue and gold spray paint. 

Small table and lamp with a book and a candle next to chair for cozy reading

More Cozy Bedroom Ideas

You can also never have enough candles. My absolute favorite candle is no longer available so I’ve bought wax and all the scented oils that I love. I had so much fun making candles. You can find that post HERE.

We have a white wood headboard but I’ve always dreamed of a four-poster bed. Nothing says cozy and romantic to me than a four-poster bed. This isn’t an option for us because of our sloped ceilings but I might add a tufted velvet headboard to my list of projects.

I’ve created a cozy reading nook next to my faux fireplace. I found a vintage chair on Facebook Marketplace. I placed it next to a table that is just big enough to put a favorite book, and a small lamp for some soft lighting. I found an inexpensive round white shag rug that I’ve placed under my chair and table. It’s one of my favorite places to enjoy my coffee in the winter months. 

Filling a basket with a chunky knit throw blanket adds soft elements to our room and is the perfect way to add more natural materials to the space. 

The two soft throw rugs on our wooden floors are an easy way to make both a small room and a bedroom cozy. It’s also a perk for bare feet on a cold winter night.

A candle next to the bed adds cozy to a bedroom

A Clean & Organized Space

When I washed all my bedding to add more layers to the bed, I also gave our room a thorough deep cleaning.

Even if you do nothing more than clean and organize your sleeping space, I guarantee you will feel great about your room.

Starting soon I will be organizing my home with many of my readers. Do you want to join us?

Flowers Make a Space Cozy

one of my tips for how to create a cozy bedroom is to add flowers. These beautiful white flowers are perfect for a winter bouquet

Every season deserves flowers! Truth be told, in my world, every week and every day deserves flowers. It’s such a nice personal touch and adds great natural elements.

On a dark gray day, there is nothing better to me than fresh flowers and a candle burning next to my bed and also on an end table in our living space. Then it’s time to snuggle up with a good book and enjoy my inviting bedroom.

Other Cozy House Ideas

Even though our home is small, we make some decorative moves to make our home even more “cozy”. In my living room, I moved the sofa so it is facing the fireplace. It does cut off the flow of the room a bit but makes it a more cozy space. Who doesn’t love sitting close to the fireplace when it’s cold outside?

Why is it that a candle can chase away the winter blues? I add lots of candles to the living space in our home.

If you aren’t a fan of candles, you can create the same glow with fairy lights. Both add a cozy, romantic touch to any space. If you’re looking for cozy smells you can use your favorite essential oil in your diffuser.

sharing how to make a cozy home with a comfy chair next to a roaring fire

Conclusion

There are many ways to create a cozier bedroom and I hope that I have given you a few great ideas.  

You can start small with just a few simple tweaks and I promise you will be on your way to creating a cozy atmosphere in your sleeping space. 

Peace, Love, and a Cozy Nights Sleep,

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10 Comments

  1. Such a delightful room. I love everything about it. Hugs to you.

    1. Thank you my sweet friend!

  2. I’m with you, Lynn. Bedding and those clean sheets are so important. I have my favorites, too. We are in the repainting and redoing of our master bedroom now and can’t wait to create that perfect space. Happy Labor Day, friend!

    1. Bedding is one thing that I’m willing to pay more for. We spend so much of our time in our beds. I just love to climb into fresh crisp sheets!

  3. I love a cozy bedroom and your post has great ideas that I’ve never thought of. Like taking our sheets to the cleaners – say whaaat?! I love crisp clean sheets and I’m to lazy to iron them but I’m totally going to splurge once in a while and do that. Thank you for sharing this on Farmhouse Friday too. It’s greatly appreciated. Hope you’re having a wonderful new year. Coming down to TX to visit this year? Would love to see you again.

    1. We were in Dallas over the holidays but were so busy putting in a kitchen for our daughter and son-in-law. I’m sure we will be back this summer. I will definitely let you know and hopefully, we can plan another lunch.

  4. I’m new to this blog. I just read your life story, I enjoyed it very much! I’m a open person too. I gave up my forever home almost 8 years ago (thehubcaphouse.blogspot.com) We always boated on the Fox River up in the chain, lots of great memories. I now live in two small houses. Our summer home is a 40 foot powerboat from April till October and our Winter house is a 40 foot class A RV from November to April so I know how to live small and Loving it!
    Looking forward to following you and congratulations on the new baby. Your going to Love being a grandma. Thank goodness for FaceTime.

    1. Hi Chris – Nice to meet you! Also nice to meet someone who knows the are. Isn’t it grand! What fun to live in two truly tiny spaces. Thanks for being here.

  5. Lisa kozak says:

    Your reading nook is so cute, cozy and inviting! I love your ideas!

    1. Thanks Lisa. I love that sweet corner of my room. In my Shop with me and my friends #7 one of my blogging friends shared an electric fireplace that she has in her bedroom in front of her mantel. I just may have to get one for myself.