With winter in full swing, it’s time to turn our homes into wonderfully warm spaces, perfect for relaxing during those darker nights.
A cosy interior means something different to every one of us; this could be comforting textures, warmly-lit hues or a neutral colour pallet. In many cases, warmth is brought by a combination of decorations and things we cherish, whether that’s family or something like our favourite book or seat.
In this blog, we look at ways to create a cosy interior and hope to inspire you to cosy up your own space!
Bring the outdoors in this year, strip your interior back and focus on the natural elements in your home. Focusing your interior on organic features allows you to bring a sense of calm and tranquillity into your décor while cosying the space up.
Deciding on which materials will work with your space and personality is critical. Do you want to opt for shabby chic brick walls, rustic-looking wooden furnishings or vintage industrial ceiling lights? Being inside does not mean you can’t get back to nature.
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Bring Character To Your Kitchen
Despite the warmth of a stove or a boiling kettle, kitchen interiors tend to be slightly cold by nature. Slick surfaces and metal appliances don’t always exude cosiness, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create a functional kitchen full of warmth.
Kitchens can easily be transformed into lovely, cosy spaces through the inclusion of personal decorations. Including things like a family calendar or photo, or other things that evoke warm memories, can be a great way to add personality to a space. Using softer materials and glows can also add to a kitchen’s warmth.
Brooklyn Dome Pendant - 17 Inch - Pewter & Copper, £144, by Industville (Image supplied by Anne McGuone)
Bold, Warm Colours
Bolder colours are becoming increasingly popular in interior design, and with good reason. Not only can these tones create dramatic spaces, but they’re also a great way to add depth and warmth to any room.
Warm colours, such as crimsons and deep yellows, can instantly bring cosy feelings to a room, particularly on colder days. If warm colours aren’t your thing, consider darker shades which add great depth to any space.
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There’s nothing better for the winter season than filling your interior with soft textures. If you want to create a cosy space, adding texture is an absolute must!
Think about where you want to place certain textures when designing your room. A woven basket by the door can be a practical option, while shaggy rugs are great for living spaces.
Mixing materials is a great way to add depth to your interior. Soft textures, like rugs, are great at keeping warmth inside you home – perfect for the winter months! These don’t have to be soft materials, though – natural metals, woods, leather and even brick walls can all deliver that cosy feeling.
Combining your interior with natural elements will allow your personality to shine through in harmony with your space. In homes with industrial-inspired interiors, instead of concealing these elements, make them your focal point. For the ultimate shabby chic look, incorporate vintage lighting fixtures to add a striking focal point.
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Create Glow with Your Lighting
If you want to create a warm interior for the winter, don’t forget to consider your lights. While lighting is practical, innovative designs can transform a space’s feel by creating a wonderfully warming glow.
There are many types of lighting in any space. Often, they’re divided into three categories:
- Accent – Smaller pockets of light designed to create a focal point, such as a piece of art.
- Ambient – General lighting that provides glow across the space.
- Task – Often overhead lighting designed to help when performing tasks, such as reading or cooking.
When trying to create a warm and cosy interior, look to combine these different styles of lighting. By reducing the strength of ambient lighting, you can give more focus to accent and task lights. Having multiple sources in a space can create a dramatic glow that helps create a truly warm interior.
Brooklyn Outdoor & Bathroom Dome Wall Light - 8 Inch - Pewter & Copper, £139, by Industville (Image supplied by Channel 4 'The Great Hotel Escape' at Kilmartin Castle)
There is always something special about a cosy home, and we hope this guide will inspire you to add warmth to your space this winter season! If you’re looking for more inspiration, we share our favourite designs daily on our Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram platforms.
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