10 Life hacks on how to create a cosy home
Winter is coming – isn’t it time you made your home cosier?
Everyone loves a cosy home. A home you return to at the end of a day, where you get warm and snug with a roaring fire, flowers in the window, cute coffee tables and bedside lamps is simply adorable.
Home is where the heart is, and for us to feel truly inspired, loved, content, happy and warm in life, we need to make sure that our home is somewhere we love.
Not just somewhere we love, but somewhere that makes us feel safe, especially when the temperatures begin to really drop. Brrr!
The cuter and cosier a home is, the better. If you’re ready to make a start on some interior design this winter, join Beauty and Tips as we take a look at these…
10 Life hacks for designing a cosy home environment
Decorate With Warm Colours
Nothing makes us feel cold and not very cosy than cold colours – whites, bright blues and greys. These hues can be great if you’re trying to get across a different kind of atmosphere and vibe, but if you want to be cosy this year, you need to go for warmer hues.
Styling your home in the likes of yellows, oranges and reds makes your home more inviting. It turns it into a nice little nest that you can get comfy in with a cup of hot chocolate.
These colours don’t actually make your house warmer by themselves, but they create that feeling.
Moreover, they’re stimulating colours that will naturally make your home that little bit cosier.
Buy a Big Rug
Nothing says “cosy” quite like a big rug.
You know the kind – a big, furry thing that takes pride of place in front of your fire.
Without a rug, your carpet might like a bit bare and your room might feel a tad cold. Adding a huge rug to your living space instantly warms things up, and it will allow any pats you have to get comfortable on, too!
There are many different types of rugs you can buy, but we recommend a sheepskin rug for the ultimate cosy factor. Or how about a bit of Mongolian fur?
Take care when choosing your colours, too. Again, you’ll want a colour that emits warmth and you’ll want to pick a colour (or colours) that matches your overall decor.
Bring Your Furniture Together Around a Coffee Table
If your living area is quite spacious and you emphasise that space by setting your furniture far apart from each other, it’s going to create a sense of space. And that isn’t cosy.
The best thing to do is to make a coffee table the centre of attention, before bringing your sofas and chairs together so that they create a compact, cosy feel.
What you want to do is hem everything in (not too much so that you have no space, of course!). This will create a sensation of compactness, as well as warmth.
Drape Blankets Over Your Furniture
Got cute furniture? Check.
For furniture to be even cuter and cosier this year, you could drape some furry blankets over it.
A blanket adds an extra layer to your furniture, beefs it up and just makes it look more welcoming during the colder seasons. It turns your living room into your own lil nest.
And when things get super duper cold, you can remove a blanket and wrap it around you!
Make Your Front Door More Welcoming
How cute is it when a front door has a sign on it that says something like “Hello!”?!
It’s amazing – and it’s a sign that this is a super cosy home.
A welcoming sign that greets visitors also basically greets you, and it instantly makes you feel so much better when you arrive home after a long day at work.
So set the tone for the rest of your home by nailing a cute greetings sign to your front door.
Switch on the Lamps
On those dark nights when you just want to chill, the best way to create a cosy home environment is to switch on your dim lights. All of a sudden, a neutral room is turned into a place of warmth.
Say It With Flowers
A home isn’t cosy until there are flowers in it.
Flowers have a huge impact on the way your home looks and feels, and they instantly make it more colourful, welcoming and homely.
Don’t group all your flowers together in one place, but spread them out around your house.
Of course, the biggest problem with flowers is that they can be expensive and they do die.
But go on, we’ll let you off – you can buy cute fake ones if you must!
Pin Photographs To Your Walls
The easiest way to make a home un-cosy? Leave your walls bare!
Bare walls are cold and impersonal and they express absolutely nothing.
Photographs, on the other hand? They bring a certain dynamism to the place, and when you pick the right ones they can make your home feel super cosy.
Mix things up with some paintings, too (but make sure they’re cosy, too).
If it’s winter time, how about a snow scene? Now, THAT’S cosy!
Light a Fire
Nothing says “cosy” during the winter season than a real (or fake) log fire that cackles in the dark.
Picture it: You’re nestled on your sofa with your lover, a fresh cup of hot chocolate in your hands, with the orange flames of a roaring fire lighting up your face. Is there anything more idyllic or cosy than that?
Add a Bookshelf
For the ultimate cosy home environment, you need to add books.
Books are homely. They look great when arranged on a shelf, and they create a real feeling of wholesomeness.
Put together a shelf and stuff it with all your favourite books.
Then, when a storm hits and you’ve got an evening free, cosy up on your sofa with your favourite book. Cute.