While it may feel like winter is already here , the coldest is yet to come, meaning we’ll all be spending more time at home. Now is the time to start nesting, and thinking about how we can make our rooms more comfortable and inviting. Here’s some of our favourite ideas for how to keep your home cosy, without compromising on style.
It’s completely dependent on what size room you have, but there are a number of ways you can make a room feel more homely. Large rooms can easily be made to feel smaller with the addition of darker colours and even a painted ceiling if it’s too high. If you prefer the bright, contemporary look, or if you have a small room which you don’t want to darken with too many warm colours, consider using splashes of pale yellows and oranges, maybe contrasted with a blue or green to add a little focus to a room. You could also paint the skirting boards or frames in the room to give it a border, creating the appearance of a smaller space.
Adding furnishings is all about making your home feel lived-in and creating soft textures. Add cushions and throws to a room for an instant change, using colours which complement your existing theme. Keep your living room stocked with cosy blankets for evenings in, and invest in some new winter bedding – Debenhams have a great collection in a range of different colours. Now is also the time to consider stocking up on ornaments and picture frames, as this will give the impression of a full home – and it’s a good excuse to head down to the local antiques market!
If you’re not keen on the idea of taking up more space in your home, the same effect can be achieved with small details. Keep a minimal design sleek and tidy using white throws and quilts on existing furniture, which will make the room softer without being overbearing. Similarly, reflective surfaces such as mirrors or even lacquered furnishings will catch the light and bring warmth to your room, ideal for making a large room cosier!
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 26 October, 2012