7 Lessons From a Bear on a Warm and Cozy Apartment

Cozy Apartment Ideas
[Post updated 11/2016]

Jack Frost may be in full swing with his frosty touch outdoors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t come home to a warm and cozy home. To show how to decorate a cozy apartment, we took notes from the masters of snuggly, winter comfort: bears. Not bears of the polar variety…we mean the woodland bears that have perfected the art of a warm, winter nap in a snug den. Who better to model your cozy apartment after?

Pile on your thick winter coat and stock up on food and drinks, because after reading this post you’ll have an apartment that would make even the Yogi himself feel at home. Scroll down to read the seven tips we learned from bears on creating a cozy look and feel in your apartment.

The Best Furniture For a Cozy Apartment

A cozy apartment is all about soft textures, warm wood tones and comfy furniture. Here are our favorite pieces to add a welcoming look and feel (on a budget!) Keep scrolling to learn why we chose each piece and read our seven tips on cozifying your home.

  • Coaster Silver Coat Rack
  • Ashley Purple Pouf
  • Ashley Klorey Khaki Accent Chair
  • Sphinx Bali Rug
  • Ashley Rolena Server
  • Sauder Beginnings Storage Organizer
  • Ashley Harlinton Fireplace TV Stand
  • Ashley Benroy Wall Art
  • Stylecraft Table Lamp

1. A thick winter coat

Keep your apartment as cozy and cuddly as a bear’s thick, fur coat. Throw blankets add a soft touch, and faux fur accents add luxurious appeal that you’ll want to run your fingers through. Don’t forget a stylish coat rack to hold all your actual winter coats.

2. A cozy nook

Create the perfect snuggle spot by choosing the perfect living room furniture. Choose neutral hues, soft lines and warm wood tones to set a relaxed look and feel. Snuggle in with some chic poufs that give you a versatile surface where you can sit, kick back or set a stylish table tray.

Ashley Starmore living room tables

3. A bed of fir

Keep your paws protected from cold floors by layering on area rugs. They add a soft touch underfoot that will instantly make your space feel more homey.

4. Excessive food and drink

Create a chic hot chocolate bar by stocking and styling a serving cart in your apartment. Then, enjoy your piping drink while browsing a few of the comfort food recipes we’ve saved on our Pinterest.

5. Sweeping warmth

Cozy up with a fireplace that even Smokey the Bear would endorse. Electric fireplaces are great space heaters, and their realistic, LED flames won’t break any open flame apartment policies.

6. A Woodsy Look

Surround yourself in woodsy style by incorporating natural elements, reclaimed woods and warm, muted tones. This tree bark wall hanging is the perfect décor to bring the great outdoors indoors.

7. Tranquil lighting

Bounce light off walls for a soft, peaceful glow by setting table lamps on your end tables. We also have Woodwick candles on our showroom floor that can add an instant woodsy touch (and smell!)

Show Us Your Cozy Space

Have you created a cozy nook in your living space? Show us photos by tagging Homemakers on Instagram or Twitter (@ShopHomemakers).

For more apartment living tips, check out our Cozy & Compact living series.

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