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Staging a Home? ‘Cozy’ Is the Latest Pandemic-Inspired Trend

Staging a Home? ‘Cozy’ Is the Latest Pandemic-Inspired Trend

by DeVore Design, September 16, 2020

“Home” has a new meaning to people shut in for months, and they’re looking for comfort in the form of “soft and cozy materials, light colors and relaxing vibes.”

The pandemic is ushering in an era of cozier vibes in home decor. As more people stay home due to COVID-19, homeowners are looking for ultra-comfort in their nests.

The cozy theme is being shown off through warmer neutral shades. This marks a comeback of hues like tans, beiges, ivories, pale yellows and mocha browns, reports Houzz, a home remodeling resource. “These shades mix well with the warm grays that also are popular. … The colors work nicely with the chunky wool knits, nubby textiles and fringe.”

More homeowners may be seeking a sense of security and calm in interior spaces.

“When the world is full of uncertainty, having a space that feels like an escape from the outside world, with soft and cozy materials, light colors and relaxing vibes, will be a prerequisite of design,” says design guru Bobby Berk of Netflix’s “Queer Eye.”

An added element Berk uses to create a relaxed vibe is an oil diffuser. For example, he recommends the calming effects of lavender in the bedroom, while peppermint scent in the home office can stimulate productivity.

More designers also bring in nature through “biophilic design,” which incorporates nature indoors with colors, materials and live plants that promote health and wellness. This can include terrariums, moss, herb gardens and other glass-enclosed indoor gardens.

Other ways to make a home cozy: Incorporate fluffy pillows, silky throws and small faux-fur rugs, suggests a recent article at In addition, add more natural light. Open up drapes and consider leaving windows bare or with only see-through sheers to let more light filter in.

Sellers could also consider staging a reading nook or a place to relax in a corner of the living room, featuring only a comfy chair, pillows and draped blanket.

Source: “7 Design Trends for 2020 at Atlanta Furnishings Market,” (Aug. 22, 2020)

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