This weekend has brought the lowest temperatures of the year so far, so we’re sharing our top tips to make your home cosy, whatever the weather.
Strike a match
Nothing says cosy like candles. A flickering flame bouncing off the walls sets a lovely ambience in any room and instantly creates a feeling of warmth. You can make your home cosy and change the feel of a room by incorporating particular scents too. One of our favourites is the White Company’s Winter candle – combining cinnamon and clove notes, with a dash of fresh orange, it is the perfect addition. Meanwhile Yankee Candle have an abundance of winter scents to choose from – from crackling wood fire, to cinnamon and cedar and even spiced white cocoa.
Sheepskin is everywhere, which is not surprising, particularly at this time of year. Sheepskin provides an instant way to make your home cosy. As far as warming textures go, sheepskin is the obvious choice. A classic sheepskin rug not only look the part, but also provide a lovely warm treat underfoot too. Ikea’s is a bargain at only £10, making it the perfect, cost effective addition. Meanwhile La Redoute have a larger option which is sure to add a luxurious touch. But make no mistake, sheepskin doesn’t have to be in rug-form. Maisons du Monde have a gorgeous hairpin stool which is guaranteed to make a quirky statement in any room.
Sometimes it’s not always necessary to fill every crevice of your home with cosiness. Having a special little corner may be all you need to find the inner peace everyone so desires. The first requirement to any cosy corner is a comfy seat. Made’s Baroque-inspired slipper chair is the perfect deep seat for reading. Or if you have more space (and a much larger budget) Loaf’s incredible feather filled love seat is perfect for two. Coupled with a statement floor lamp, like this chic brass and marble offering from French Connection, you have the perfect spot to unwind.
Take it to the dark side
A quick and relatively cheap way to make your home cosy, is to paint your walls dark. Contrary to popular belief, dark walls won’t make rooms feel smaller, but instead add depth and warmth to rooms which may otherwise feel stark and cold. Farrow and Ball‘s Railings is the perfect blue-black tone to transform rooms into dramatic spaces, whilst Little Greene‘s Mid Azure Green gives a more natural but striking depth to a room.
Light it up
Your lighting choices can completely transform the feeling of a room. There’s nothing worse than a stark, bright ceiling light when you’re trying to relax. We recommend installing dimmer switches to the main rooms, to ensure you can always set the right ambience. If you want to take things to a whole new level, the Philips Hue bulbs may be the perfect option. Not only can you change the brightness of your bulbs via an app, but the colours too! If you’re looking for an easier option, a couple of lamps will always help to make a room feel warmer. This striking retro metal table lamp from Cult Furniture will provide a soft, warm feel whilst Rockett St George‘s glamorous tassel lamp will add a soothing glow.
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