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14 Genuinely Cozy Spaces

The term ‘cozy’ may be considered an amorphous description, its banality an infringement to rational thinking. Of course, the meaning of ‘cozy’ is a rather subjective one that differs from person to person. For some, cozy is order and cleanliness; for others, cozy is clutter and disarray. Often, cozy is derived from comfort, security and warmth, found in honest materials, playful details and aesthetic qualities. Coziness is difficult to quantify, and yet however we choose to define or express it, cozy has the capacity to improve quality of life.

The following livable homes are genuinely cozy spaces. Each dwelling provides an example of ‘cozy’.

Mjölk House, Toronto, Canada

Cozy is a blend of warm natural materials including wood, leather and wool. Cozy is curating shelves, nooks and crannies with favored objects.



Designed by architects Studio Junction. Images © Joe Lin / Studio Junction via ArchDaily.

Lake Cottage, Bolsover, Ontario

Cozy is those small touches, for instance a rug on a chair or on the floor. Minimal does not always equate to unfussy or austere.

UUfie Lake Cottage living space

UUfie Lake Cottage inside + outside perspective

Designed by UUfie. Images by Naho Kubota via Domus.

“House for Julia and Biórn”, Egg, Austria

Cozy is a wood-panelled wall that helps a space to feel homey and secure.

House for Julia and Biórn living space

House for Julia and Biórn office

Designed by Architekten Innauer Matt. Images by Adolf Bereuter via Gessato.

Villa Altona, Sollentuna, Sweden

Cozy is found in a large rug, used to define an open space. Cozy is adding kooky objet d’art in order to enhance a room’s character (notice the ‘Showtime’ vases by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon).

The Common Office Villa Altona interior

Cozy is a home surrounded by nature.

Landscape around Villa Altona

Designed by The Common Office. Images © Mikael Olsson via ArchDaily.

Vega Cottage, Norwegian Archipelago, Norway

Cozy is found in furniture with a simple design that is devoid of pretense.

Vega Cottage living space

Designed by Kolman Boye Architects. Image © Lindman Photography via ArchDaily.

Concrete House, Flims, Switzerland

Cozy warms cold concrete with natural materials such as wood (for a fire) and sheepskins.

Concrete house by Nickisch Sano Walder Architects

Designed by Nickisch Sano Walder Architects. Image by Gaudenz Danuser via Dezeen.

Tsai Residence, Taipei, Taiwan

Cozy is adding color in the form of cushions, tabletops and accessories, so gently enlivening and warming a space.

Tsai Residence living space

Tsai Residence dining area

Designed by Tai & Architectural Design. Images via Tai & Architectural Design © Kyle Yu.

Villa Kalos, Ithaca, Greece

Cozy is found in rusticity and exposed brick. Considered lighting and contemporary furnishings will augment the homelike feel.

Villa Kalos dining space

Villa Kalos outdoor terrace

Images © Robbert Koene via Est Magazine.

Four Box House, Seoul, South Korea

Cozy is this tranquil tea room with its paper-covered walls. Cozy is placing cushions and a tray with tea/coffee items on the floor, so heightening form and composure.

Minimal Tea room of the Four Box House

Cozy is natural light. Cozy is not limited to warmth and darkness.

Elegant interiors of the Four Box House

Designed by BCHO Architects Associates. Images © 2015 BCHO Architects Associates.

Off/Ramberg House, Holmestrand, Norway

Cozy is a considered layout, one in which furnishings relate to each other.

Off Ramberg house

Designed by Schjelderup Trondahl Architects AS. Image © Jonas Adolfsen via ArchDaily.

1930s Palazzo-Style Apartment, Milan, Italy

Cozy is applying grey in varied tones and layers, imbuing a home with warmth.

1930s palazzo-style apartment living space

1930s palazzo-style apartment bedroom

Images © Davide Lovatti Photography.

House 11, Munich, Germany

Cozy is the warmth and glow of a natural fire.

Living room of House 11 in Munich

Designed by Titus Bernhard Architekten. Image © Titus Bernhard Architekten via ArchDaily.

Archipelago House, Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden

Cozy is to sit by a window, basking in the warm morning sun.

Archipelago House

Designed by Tham & Videgård Hansson. Image © Tham & Videgård Arkitekter via ArchDaily.

Herringbone House, London, England

Cozy is a home intended for living.

Herringbone House living space

Herringbone House kitchen

Designed by Chan + Eayrs. Images © Chan + Eayrs.

(This post was inspired by the recent launch of The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes published by Gestalten.)

Gerard McGuickin
Gerard is a writer, a thinker and a modern-day gentleman living in a modish neighbourhood in south Belfast. Walnut Grey Design is his popular manifesto of good design. From Gerard’s discerning perspective, design should be aesthetic, smart, honest and gratifying. Moreover, it must be for keeps. A self-confessed urbanite, Gerard is enthralled b[...]

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