Cosy Home

6 tips on how to create a cosy home this winter

27 November 2020

Staying in is the new going out this winter. We’ve all had to spend a lot more time at home this year which has led to many of us updating our interiors. A survey carried out by Aviva revealed 85% of UK residents undertook home improvement activities during the first national lockdown with 56% of people favouring decluttering above any other activity*. As the weather begins to turn colder and we snowball towards winter, keep that motivation alive and continue to create a space in which you are proud to live in. Winter is all about feeling warm and relaxed in your home so here’s our top six tips on how to create a cosy home this winter:

1. It’s all about the faux fur

Create your very own winter sanctuary by adding a touch of faux fur to your home. This timeless interior trend can mirror that of a cosy log cabin in the French Alps or a ski chalet in Switzerland. The beauty about faux fur is that it’s so versatile as it’s present in many soft furnishings so you can introduce it in a way that suits you. Interior designers tend to add it to a neat and tidy space which needs a little texture. Try adding a faux fur throw or cushion to a stylish sofa or a soft rug to a wooden floor. Even a simple faux fur hot water bottle strategically placed on your bed can instantly create that warm, welcoming feeling in your bedroom. There are so many brands that sell beautiful faux fur furnishings, but we particularly love this stylish monochrome throw from Next Home.

2. Use candles to create natural lighting

It wouldn’t be winter without a few candles dotted around the home! Not only do they smell amazing, but they emit a beautiful natural light that can instantly create a sense of peace. If you’re not a big fan of scented candles, there are some great pillar candles on the market that create the glow without the fragrance. Try placing these in some giant floor lanterns and enjoy the soft flickering light as you watch a movie or curl up with a good book. If you’re on a budget, Ikea sell some great pillar candles. If you’re looking to impress your guests with a beautiful scent that hits them as soon as they step through the front door, try The White Company’s signature Winter fragrance.

3. Curl up in a cosy reading corner

Spending more time inside throughout the colder months gives bookworms an opportunity to curl up with their favourite novel in front of the fire. If you love to read just as much as we do, try creating a cosy reading corner in your home. You’re looking for a space which is quiet and peaceful, ideally away from the TV or the busy kitchen / dining area. A corner in your study or spare room would work perfectly. Introduce a squashy armchair or bring the 70’s back with a beanbag, stylish cushions and that faux fur throw we talked about earlier and you’ll have your very own cosy reading corner in no time. Don’t forget the side table for your hot chocolate and candle!

4. Update your bedding to reflect the season

Changing up your duvet cover set is a great way to inject some personality into your bedroom. The beauty of bedding is that it’s so versatile and easy to update when the seasons change. To embrace cosiness this winter, try swapping the light, floral colours of summer with warm reds and the deep blues and greens of winter. There are some beautiful sets available this year, suited to every interior. Feeling festive? Try a novelty duvet set – we love this trendy pattern from John Lewis. Feel the cold easily? Nothing is more cosy than teddy bear sheets and pillow cases from Dunelm.

5. Switch up your artwork

Most artwork sits well in a home all year round but consider displaying a couple of stylish prints in frames which you can easily swap and change as the seasons arrive. For example, you could display a seasonal print in your hallway which will greet guests as they walk through the front door. Think cosy Christmas scenes, a winter landscape or breath-taking mountains. We love the holiday collection from Desenio.

6. It’s the little things that count

You don’t have to invest in a huge amount of time or effort to create a cosy home. Sometimes, it’s the little things that go a long way. Try placing some fluffy slippers by your front door so they are ready and waiting for you as soon as you get home from a long day at work. They’ll stop you spreading mud or snow through the hallway too! Even just a simple activity can create that warm cosy feeling we all love during the winter such as making the ultimate hot chocolate or baking gingerbread cookies. Whatever you love doing, it doesn’t have to cost much to embrace cosiness inside your home.

We hope you found our top six tips on how to create a cosy home this winter useful and inspiring! We’d love to see how you decorate your Devonshire home this winter so don’t forget to tag us in your photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and we’ll ensure to like and share your content.

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