HOW TO STYLE YOUR LIVING ROOM FOR MAXIMUM COSINESS
There’s a crisp in the air accompanied with darker mornings and earlier sunsets that tell us that winter is well on its way. Adding some cosy elements to your living area is the ideal way to embrace the cool-weather season and make you look forward to the chilly days and nights ahead.
New scatter cushions
One of the most affordable ways to redecorate and change up your current living space is by adding new scatter cushions to your existing sofas and occasional chairs. Choosing earthy tones like berry or rust and plush textures like velvet can create a warm and inviting feeling and instantly change the feel of the room.
Whether you already have wall-to-wall carpeting or a minimalist look with tiles in your home, the right rug can pull a room together and change the entire mood. Adding a textured rug to your space (or even layering multiple rugs) is the ideal way to create a warm, homely feel to the area you spend the majority of your time in.
Tip: If you have young children or pets, it’s a good idea to go for a washable rug as there are bound to be spills and muddy feet around this high-foot traffic area.
It’s all about the scent
Smells have a way of transporting us to another place or time as it’s one of our most powerful senses.
Choosing woody, earthy and spicy scents is another simple way to create the ultimate atmosphere during the cold winter months. Scented candles and diffusers in your winter fragrance of choice are sure to set the scene and keep your home feeling snug and warm even on the coldest of days.
Switch up your lighting preference
Opting for soft lamp lighting instead of bright overhead lighting is a quick switch that makes a big difference when creating a warm homely space. If you already have table lamps and want to up the cosiness factor in your home, then switching out your lampshade to one in a warm tone or a velvet fabric for the winter season is something you may want to consider.
Layer up in style
Snuggling up under a soft blanket or throw on the couch while reading a book or watching TV has to be one of the best things about winter. Make it extra cosy by packing away your lightweight throws and getting thicker options to create the winter haven you’ve been dreaming of. Luxurious sherpa blankets and soft fur throws are the ones to look out for.
Bring out your paintbrush
A feature wall in a dramatic colour can transform your living room and give it the snug feel we crave during the winter months. The key is to pick a wall that won’t overpower the room and instead be an accent that goes well with the rest of your interior. Dark colours like charcoal or emerald green are good choices to give your space a warm and welcoming feel.
Beat the chill
There’s nothing like an indoor fireplace to make a room feel warm and inviting, but not everyone is lucky enough to have one in their home. When it’s really cold outside and you’re finding yourself shivering indoors, then it may be time for a heater. In general, the most comfortable indoor temperature is between 20 and 22 degrees celsius, and some heaters can be set to maintain the temperature you choose so that you don’t overheat.