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As outside temperatures cool, homeowners tend to look for the quickest ways to revamp their homes with appropriate seasonal décor. For some, creating cozy spaces indoors is a necessary step toward keeping warm throughout the long winter months. Nothing says autumn quite like cuddling up inside with a warm mug of cocoa in a comfortable, soothing environment.

Winterize home designs by incorporating the following temporary – or permanent – elements.

1. Fur throws

Faux-fur accessories add textural diversity to interiors. Warm accouterments dramatically benefit bland homes, especially rentals with unchangeable white walls and carpets. Animal-inspired materials also create a remote cabin-like feel, even in the heart of a bustling metropolis.

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Furs enhance beyond aesthetics – residents and guests can wear furs while reading or watching television for extra heat. Skip tampering with the thermostat and wasting energy costs. Instead, drape blankets over sofas, chairs and beds for easy access.

2. Dim Candles

Crave the element of fire but lack a working chimney? Consider strategically placing candles around the home to mimic the appearance of a crackling fire. While candles won’t emanate as much heat as a real wood-burning fire, their dim illumination creates cozy lighting to combat chilly autumn nights.

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More so, relying on candlelight instead of electricity helps homeowners save money long-term.

3. Plush furnishings

Homeowners considering replacing large pieces of furniture might want to opt for luxe, tufted leather sofas over mid-century modern couches or sleek seating options. Upholstered furnishings are more comfortable in cooler temperatures, unlike leather or plastic that is cold on contact.

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Tufted furniture appears rich in texture and increases dimension within contemporary rooms. Many home stagers opt for these bulkier pieces to create a lived-in feel in vacant spaces, and current homeowners can apply the same technique to liven interiors.

4. Oriental Rugs

Oriental rugs are classic, yet colorful floor coverings. Unsurprisingly, genuine oriental carpeting is expensive. However, budgeting homeowners have the opportunity to achieve the same traditional look with knock-off styles, courtesy of large home improvement and department stores.

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Regardless of design, throw rugs tie room designs together and add comfort to cold hardwoods in the winter.

5. Wood Beams

Exposed beams are common features of Mid-Atlantic style homes, often seen in Chesapeake, VA and the Carolinas. Seaside cottage flair is a classic remedy for cold, drab homes. Homeowners can install removable faux beams at a low cost, perfect for individuals who change décor depending on the time of year.

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However, beams are considered classic staples year-round, so don’t feel pressured to remove them once summer hits. Leave beams their natural shade of wood or paint them white for a more finished look.

6. Books

Home libraries are the epitome of coziness, where residents showcase all of their favorite novels in one room. Transform spare bedrooms or vacant home offices into small libraries, complete with built-in shelves and comfortable armchairs.

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For more conventional appearances, incorporate educational décor like standing globes and brass desk lamps. Homeowners with unique styles can add library flair into their interiors by placing bookshelves in unconventional locations, such as below staircases or kitchen counters, as shown above.

Details that complement

Incorporate seasonal fixtures without completely altering existing interior design schemes. Rather than implementing every idea on the list, integrate just a few details to complement dropping temperatures and snow-covered grounds. Even homeowners in warm climates can add these features to get in the spirit.

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Jennifer Riner

Jennifer is a writer based in Seattle, writing about real estate, home improvement, and on other topics about life at home. She writes on behalf of zillow.com.