5 Ways to Create a Cozy Home

Think you have to sacrifice comfort for sophistication? Think again. Plush, inviting furniture paired with eclectic accents lets you stretch out in style.

Play With Color

Color connects a riot of items: Deep magenta travels from the rug to the basket to the pillow pile. Ankara Soumak jute rug, $590 (five by eight feet), burkedecor.com. Polywood side tables (similar to shown), $149 each, serenityhealth.com. Terrarium, $85, adorenyc.com for info. Large lidded basket, $175, calypsostbarth.com. Orange mohair pillow (left), $139, roomandboard.com. Striped pillow (front), $225, johnderian.com for info. Sumba antique pillow (behind striped pillow), $285, andriannashamarisinc.com for info. Large ivory cotton pillows, $128 each, ochrestore.com. Gray linen pillows (stacked at right), $74 each, canvashomestore.com.

Mix and Match Materials

Create Your Own Work of Art

A composed display feels friendly and charming against a casual (and marked-up) chalkboard wall. The recipe? Something high and curvy, something low and wide, and a natural element that offers a burst of color.

Soft materials—rich velvet upholstery and a luxe alpaca throw—clustered with hard, shiny surfaces create intriguing tactile interplay (sort of makes you want to pet the furniture). Don’t be afraid to tuck a big, generous chair into a snug nook for an intimate reading spot. Bellington chair, $2,195, jaysonhomeandgarden.com for info. Baby-alpaca throw, $385, mgbwhome.com for stores. Enzo Articulated lamp by Roost, $465, asraigarden.com for info. Lacquered document chest, $900,

Invite Nature Inside

A terrarium, like a bowl of fish, adds life to a room. It also reflects light, so it’s nice for brightening dark walls. Delicate greenery feels calming and homey—and sophisticated when contrasted in a sleek, modern orb

Embrace Spontaneity

Quirky vignettes are perfect for drawing visitors away from the main seating area toward intimate corners. Unexpected juxtapositions, like a low-riding chandelier above a tufted ottoman, spark curiosity and add delight.