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8 Fabulously Cozy Dens You’ll Want to Curl Up In

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In light of the bone-chilling weather, we’re craving a place where we can really curl up and get comfortable—a place to wrap ourselves in a blanket, lounge by a roaring fire (or a candle), drink a steaming cup of tea, and get lost in a good book. Here, discover the coziest of dens that do just that, invitingly warm retreats we’d love to escape to during this cold winter season.

Photo by Lesley Unruh

Photo by Lesley Unruh

Wood-Paneled Warmth

This space radiates warmth from the walls, thanks to the handsome wood panels and shapely crown molding. Paired with neutral furnishings of varied textures—leather, linen, natural-fiber carpeting—this den is a spot we can certainly see ourselves kicking back in.

Design tip: Use an oversize leather ottoman to anchor the room and as your space’s ultimate multitasker: It can serve as a footrest, a coffee table, and extra seating.

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Photo by Tony Vu

Photo by Tony Vu

Over-the-Top Charm

This den proves that a bold palette, a riot of pattern, and heirloom furnishings can still feel cozy and approachable. Warmth comes in a number of forms, and in this case, the fact that the room is bursting with myriad motifs and prints makes it feel all the more intimate.

Design tip: A tight color palette—here focused on teal and red—keeps the various patterns and shapes in check and prevents the room from feeling too busy and unfocused.

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Photo by Nicole LaMotte

Photo by Nicole LaMotte

Moody and Minimalist

The black lacquered walls turn this petite space into a minimalist-lover’s retreat, serving as the focal point of the room despite a lack of adornment. It’s a darker, scaled-back take on the cozy jewel-box room, which tends to have brighter and more-saturated walls with an abundance of decorative accents.

Design tip: In a space with minimal ornamentation, time- and weather-worn accents such as a vintage rug and a driftwood coffee table lend just the right amount of character.

Photo by Joe Schmelzer

Photo by Joe Schmelzer

Clean Elegance

Combining the feel of a low-slung Moroccan tent with clean, classic polish, this den is a veritable haven, providing a soft spot in which to curl up and escape the harsh winter temps. A neutral palette featuring a variety of tones gives the space an approachable dose of warmth.

Design tip: Opt for an oversize daybed in lieu of a sofa or a set of chairs. It’s an utterly sophisticated update perfect for both sitting and snoozing.

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Photo by Eric Piasecki/OTTO. Interior design by Tessa Pimontel

Photo by Eric Piasecki/OTTO. Interior design by Tessa Pimontel

Rich, Neutral Texture

Exposed brick, a roaring fireplace, a hide rug… is there anything about this den that doesn’t feel cozy? Despite being primarily in browns, this space gains richness and depth through its time-honored mix of materials, including velvet, fur, vintage silver, and leather with a gorgeous patina.

Design tip: To bring a more collected, lived-in feel to the space, treat the exposed brick as you would a blank wall and create a gallery with your favorite artwork and accents.

Photo by Eric Piasecki/OTTO

Photo by Eric Piasecki/OTTO

Collected Nostalgia

Warm hues and a collection of antique ephemera give this intimate spot its cozy touch. We love the mix of vintage textiles, including the macramé throw and the plaid pillow, which add an extra layer of homey-ness and personality. The miniature library (Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, anyone?) doesn’t hurt either.

Design tip: Achieve the casual, all-American lake-house vibe by hanging nature-inspired art and accessorizing with nostalgia-inducing pieces such as a ship in a bottle or an old-school reading lamp.

Photo by Nicole LaMotte
Photo by Nicole LaMotte

Antique Opulence

Polished antiques, like the patchwork bergère and the robust collection of South American art, can still feel warm and cozy when paired with the right furnishings. A deep-seated couch (complete with down throw pillows), swivel armchairs, and of course, the fireplace give the trove of vintage treasures an air of approachability and make this spot feel perfect for lounging.

Design tip: A single painted wall can bring both warmth and a jolt of color to the space; coordinating drapes ensure that it translates seamlessly to the rest of the room.

Photo by Lesley Unruh

Photo by Lesley Unruh

Cabin-Chic

From the log ceiling and walls to the lush textures, this den is perhaps the most posh cabin in the woods we’ve ever seen. Coziness abounds in the mix of materials, which includes velvet, a diamond-pattern rug, leather, and sheepskin (which is perfectly placed to sink your feet into).

Design tip: In a space that employs such a varied amount of textures and materials, be specific in choosing where you use color, injecting it in a specific spot to maintain a sense of balance and polish.

Related: How to Style the Coziest, Dreamiest White Bedroom →

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