With the nights drawing in ever closer, it’s a lovely time of year to be able to enjoy the odd sunny, warmish day, but still get all the good feelings that surround the cooler months. One of my favourite things to do around this time of year is just to chill out in my living room. I love our living room, it’s such a cosy little room.
So here are my top tips on how to make your home feel cosy and warm:
Texture is so important – think specifically about fluffy rugs, smooth shiny wood, pillows and throws. Also consider your walls. Wallpaper with a bit of texture feels much cosier than a cold hard slap of paint!
Think about the colour palette in your home. Whilst blues and greens can look sophisticated and make you feel calm and serene, they’re not particularly cosy come the winter months. If you’re not up for panting or wallpapering in warmer tones (reds, oranges, yellows etc), consider how you can incorporate these colours into your accessories. A warm coloured lampshade will also help by giving out a warm glow.
Talking of lampshades, think about the different sources of light in your rooms. Using the main room light as the main and only source won’t give you the control you need to create a cosy room. Up-lighters, table lamps and of course candles all contribute to a cosy feeling. If you can’t really add additional lighting sources, think about adding a dimmer switch to the main light so you have a bit more control over lighting levels.
4. Little Touches
Sometimes it’s the little touches that really finish a room off. A room with just the basic furniture and nice lighting still won’t fee very cosy and relaxing. So fill your home with the touches that you love – fresh flowers, scented candles or diffusers, nik-naks, photos of loved ones and memorable trips away. These are the things that make a house a home.
5. Keep it Seasonal
Make the most of the drastically different seasons we get in the UK. We’re quite lucky that we get to experience such a vibrant seasonality in this country. So in the Autumn decorate with acorns, conkers and beautifully coloured leaves, in the Summer make the most of the beautiful flowers you can get, in Spring add daffodils and painted eggs… and in Winter? Well if you’re anything like me you can just go nuts with the xmas decorations!
So that’s it. Do you have any additional cosy home tips? Let me know below!