Our home is the place we feel safe, happy and free. It’s where we start our days with a cup of coffee or tea. And it’s where we wind down after a long day at work. As we go deeper into the winter months, the need to make our home a warm and cosy space deepens as well. But to make us feel happy and safe at all times, our living area must offer a comfortable feel all year round. It’s not that it needs a total makeover; cosiness is rather in the little things. Here are some simple ideas for infusing warmth into your home area.
Add Warm Colour
Colours have an immense impact in creating a look that invites you to curl up on your couch next to the fireplace. You can start with the paint on your walls, but you don’t have to if it’s too much work for you. You can incorporate warm colours into your furniture or decor. What are some cosy colour ideas?
- Creamy white – it enhances a classic look while providing the perfect base for your decor.
- Mustard yellow – bright yellow isn’t for everyone and everywhere, but mustard yellow adds a peaceful glow to any space.
- Dark green – moody green is a great way to infuse serenity and style into a room’s design. It works well with neutral tones and rich browns.
- Grey – rarely does anyone see grey as a warm colour but, picking the right shade of it can add a silver lining to a space.
- Red – deep, rich red is a statement maker. You don’t have to commit to an entirely red room; instead, paint an accent wall for a warm hint of it.
- Soft blue – light blue can appear cool, but it can also bring an airy and relaxing vibe to a place.
Introduce a Great Throw
Throws are the ultimate visual representation of cosiness. They are practical: having one within reach of your hand to wrap yourself in it is a must. Beyond that, a throw can serve decoration purposes; it can help introduce details, like textures and accent colours.
Surrounding yourself with a cosy blanket can instantly change the way you feel. This makes the throw material the most important factor when choosing one for your bed or couch. Out of the many fabrics available today, what makes bamboo the best for creating a cosy corner?
Bamboo is antibacterial and hypoallergenic, making it the perfect fabric for sensitive skin, such as your baby’s skin. It’s also breathable, absorbent and thermo-regulating. This is why so many people choose bamboo over other materials for their bedding and underwear. But, what are the benefits of a bamboo blanket?
Offering the ultimate in comfort, organic bamboo throw rugs are super-soft and silky smooth. Pulling a bamboo throw over your knees on those chilly nights can keep you warm without making you too hot. A high-quality bamboo throw blanket will easily find its way to your bedroom as an extra layer of warmth for colder months or as a single layer for warm summer nights. An ideal year-round household item!
Luxuriously warm yet lightweight, bamboo throw rugs also make a stylish décor accessory. How can you style bamboo throws? Well, you can’t just throw a throw and call it good. You have to style it if you don’t want to look as if you just woke from a nap and left it on your couch.
For a clean, tidy look, you can fold it once or twice and place it on the seat or over the arm of the sofa. For an organic, flowy look, you can fold it lengthwise and drape it over the back, extending it down onto the seat. You can create a cosy corner or a reading spot by placing a bamboo throw rug over an armchair.
Open Your Home to Nature
Research has shown that spending time in nature heals our minds and bodies differently. It creates a calm, bringing us back to our roots. Leading busy lives, we rarely have an opportunity to go out as much as we like. That’s why we crave ways to incorporate nature into our homes. It’s the primary way to bring calm and cosiness. How do we do that?
The biophilic interior design suggests using natural materials, such as wood and stone. You can use them both for your furniture and decor. Whenever you can, use natural materials for the upholstery, as well. Cotton, silk, wool, and leather, are some of the popular natural fabric choices.
Plants are another great way. There are more convenient alternatives if you can’t commit to taking care of plants. Such are plant artworks and wallpaper designs.
Also, make sure to let fresh air in every day and make a way in for natural light. There’s barely anything cosier than the orange hue of the sunset on your walls.
Create a Signature Home Scent
Every home has its scent. I remember going to my grandma’s house: every time I entered the house, I could smell the familiar scent that filled my heart with warmth. Even though she’s no longer alive, I still remember the pleasant aroma of her house. Creating your signature smell can do the same to you; whenever you enter your house, the familiar scent will welcome you back home. So, why not make it as pleasant as possible?
Aromatherapy is one way to do it. You can experiment with different scents and see which you like the best. Or, you can create a theme. If you like pine scents, for example, you can buy different essential oil blends that contain sandalwood and use each one of them in separate rooms. That way, you will create a cohesive scent that won’t be too overwhelming.
Another important thing is to keep your home clean. It may sound very plain and obvious, but if you’re willing to put so much effort into creating a cosy feel and smell, you don’t want unpleasant odours and clutter interfering with it.