January is on its way out, and so we slowly return to longer days with more daylight. Although your home might not be shrouded in darkness at around 4pm anymore, it’s still the perfect time to create a cosy space for spending time inside (especially with warnings of a snow blizzard threatening the UK).
A cosy home is usually characterised by intimacy and warmth. Dark colours on walls and ceilings (especially high ceilings, which will appear closer to the floor) make a room look smaller and comforting. Red, orange and yellow hues are classically warm colours, but can look over the top if used throughout. Using these colours as accents is more subtle.
Lighting is important to get right – no one would ever claim that fluorescent lights are flattering or atmospheric! But dimmer switches certainly can create cosiness, as can table lamps, which will create soft shades. Thick curtains will shut the light (and cold) out and will also contribute to a sheltered setting.
Although a wall is painted or wallpapered in a dark shade, it doesn’t necessarily mean the room has achieved a cosy touch. There are plenty of stark minimalist interiors that look cold and almost intimidating. The key is to decorate with cushions, throws, pouffes and plush area rugs. Plants and flowers can do the trick too.
Nothing says cosy like a library or reading corner with a floor lamp illuminating an upholstered armchair or chaise longue. Green, navy and wood are the classic combinations for this bookish space, but for a modern take: black, grey and pink (see image below) can create an interesting look too. For homeowners short on space, create a corner with bookshelves, photographs and candles.
Not everyone is lucky enough to house a fireplace in their homes, but there are other options such as electric fireplaces or pellet burning stoves that can also spread warmth and cast shadows with soft edges around a room. Place sofas, armchairs and tables around the fireplace (as you would a TV), and invest in a log holder – if you can bring the best bits of a chalet back home, you know you’ve nailed the cosy home look.
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