What does a cosy home look like to you? Whether it’s a good novel and a flickering candle or a soft throw over your favourite chair, autumn is the perfect time to embrace cosy touches around the home. As the nights draw in, we take a look at six different ways you can add a little hygge to your space and beat the chill outside…
Decorate with Warming Hues
When it comes to adding colour to your home this season take inspiration from nature. Start with a neutral canvas and introduce pops of colour inspired by the great autumnal outdoors: think burnt oranges and fiery reds to reflect the fallen leaves, or the warm golden tones of the sun before it sets. Prefer a contemporary take on autumn styling? Look to smoky greys, earthy browns and deep greens for a look that is understated and calm.
Whether you redecorate with fresh paint or introduce these colours through accessories and soft furnishings; be brave and mix dark tones with bursts of autumnal colours. These vibrant touches will add interest to the look and take your scheme through to winter and beyond.
Introduce Tactile Textures
As the temperature drops we naturally want to snuggle up with something soft. Create a modern, warm and cosy interior by layering textural throws, cushions and rugs in one space. Love fur? Embrace it! Prefer wool? Bring it into the mix as well. Mix and matching these various textural finishes creates a look that is as inviting as it is stylish.
Lacking inspiration? Look to the huge trend of 2018; leopard print. The warming tones of this wild cat print set the scene for cosy evenings in, whilst the unique spotted pattern ticks all the interior style boxes.
Invest in Country Prints
If you’re a traditionalist at heart you can’t go wrong with country style prints this season. Traditional tartans and classic checks are the perfect addition to your cosy home, and they complement a range of interiors thanks to the many colours they incorporate. Turn a tan leather armchair into a cosy reading nook with a tartan throw, or layer checked cushions with mohair accessories to embrace two trends in one.
Create a Cosy Glow
When it comes to getting cosy there’s no better element than fire. Whether it’s a simple act of lighting a candle or toasting marshmallows over an open fire, nothing says cosy like the flickering of an open flame.
Add a little hygge into your life by lighting your favourite candle and curling up with a good book. Escaping the cold? Ignite the fire and defrost to the sound of crackling embers. Really want to embrace nature this season? Get together with your loved ones and light a fire pit in your outdoor space. Bring your cosiest socks and your chunkiest knit throws and spend an evening under the stars. Getting cosy doesn’t always mean staying indoors.
Embrace Ski Lodge Style
There’s a reason ski lodges are so inviting when the weather is frightful. The mixture of exposed wood panelling, rich textures, and dramatic wall fixtures create a sense of warmth that contrasts beautifully against harsh weather.
Embrace the interiors of these mountainous retreats and add a little chalet chic into your own home this season. Long-term updates include introducing exposed beams, stone cladding and wood panelling into your living area. For something that’s easily changeable, look to antler wall fixtures, thick woollen soft furnishings and plenty of fur blankets.
Don’t Forget Fragrance
Fragrance has the ability to evoke strong memories, and no interior is complete without it. Think about the scents you associate with being cosy. Is it the relaxing aroma of a hot mug of coffee? The warming scent of a crackling fire? Or even the smell of a freshly baked apple pie? Complete your cosy home by filling it with your favourite aromas in the form of candles and diffusers, and then it’s as simple as lighting a flame.
Your favourite scents with minimum effort. ‘Tis the season to wind down after all.