The clocks have gone back, the evenings are darker, the temperature is dropping – time to make your home as cosy and comfortable as possible ready for the winter. At the end of a long work day, your home should be ready for curling up, chilling out and relaxing, so making the rooms cosy and welcoming is essential. Cosiness means something different to all of us, it could be Scandinavian minimalism and the comfort of Hygge, it could be rich, enveloping colour. Whatever makes you comfortable, read on for some great tips on how to make your home as cosy and welcoming as possible this Winter 2019.
What a Feeling!
Whatever the style of room you’re going for, adding and combining different textures is the easiest way to increase your its cosiness. A variety of feels, from chunky-knit throws to soft cushion covers, will transform your sofa into a snuggle-friendly heaven, while woollen rugs will feel cosy under your feet and give an added feeling of luxury when you step out of bed in the morning. Choosing sofas, chairs and bedrooms in a tactile fabric, such as leather or velvet, will give your room a more luxury and sumptuous feel.
Prints, Prints, Prints
Depending on the style and feel of your room, adding or combining prints can be another way to up your cosy levels. Checked, tartan prints will give your lounge a more traditional, cabin-like feel, perfect for autumn or an American wilderness feel, while fluffy, faux-fur materials optimise cosiness and luxury. Combine and mix up prints for a miss-matched, boho feel, or stick to one to keep a minimal, concentrated feel.
The main focal point of a living room, lounge or similar room in a traditional home is often a fireplace, which is the ultimate in cosy and comfort. If your room has a fireplace, emphasize this by positioning your furniture to face towards it. If your room doesn’t, position your chairs and sofas to face each other, creating a more sociable, inviting and comfortable layout.
For absolute cosiness, especially in Winter, it’s essential to ensure that your home is well insulated and not draughty. A typical house loses 10% of its heat through the windows, but this can be as high as 25%; a hugely contributing factor to heating and energy bills, and this is why it’s imperative to address and prevent this heating loss by using the appropriate window coverings. Blinds act as an insulating layer at your window, stopping cold draughts getting inside, and keeping you as cosy as possible. You can read more tips for saving money while keeping warm in our recent blog post.
Don’t Get Cold Feet
Older properties with exposed floorboards can also be particularly draughty from below. Make sure to take advantage of cosy furnishings for the wintertime! Thick carpets, rugs and soft cushions provide warmth and have insulating ability, to help raise the temperature of your home. For more advice and information about keeping your house warm, read our helpful post on reducing your energy bills using window coverings.
Bring the Light In
This time of year, making the most of light in the home is essential. To optimise the natural light coming through your windows, one option to consider is curtains. If you opt for a light, thin fabric, the natural light will be softly filtered, enabling you to keep as much of the warmth and brightness as possible, while keeping your home as cosy as possible.
It’s also possible to double up on your curtains to maximise cosiness! By combining light, thin fabric with a heavy, dark curtain, you can make the most of your light during the day but still utilise the blackout option in the evenings, getting the most out of your window and making the room doubly as cosy! We offer curtains in a wide range of colours and designs, so you will be sure to find something perfect for your space. Curtains are available in both manual and electric forms, depending on your needs and uses.
For a richer, sumptuous room, go for a darker, more luxurious option for your furnishings to fully optimise the cosiness of the room. Tough, natural and warm, the Tidmarsh designer range of wood Venetian blinds are hand built and finished. Manufactured from the finest hard-wearing, tight grained woods, ecologically approved and able to resist the bowing associated with some timber blinds, the Timbercraft slatting is available in 25mm and 50mm slats up to 2743mm wide. This attractive range of elegant colours complements the natural beauty of the wood tones. The mechanism on a venetian blind allows complete control of the amount of light in the room, depending on the tilt of the shades. With the ability to lift and lower the blind, the blinds are fully adjustable depending on your needs and environment, so it’s no surprise they’re one of the most popular blinds worldwide. For ultimate cosy evenings, shut the blinds completely and lower the lights.
There are plenty of ways to increase cosiness in your home, and we’d love to help you with your individual needs. Be sure to get in touch now for a free, bespoke quote and make your home as cosy as possible this Winter.