When it's cold outside all we want to do is snuggle up by the fire or in a cosy corner at home and with it getting dark super early its the perfect opportunity to do just that. I'm definitely the type of girl who much prefers a cosy night in with a few chick flicks and lots of junk food than a night on the town. There are a number of ways to create a cosy and warm inviting home for the winter and here are some of my top tips:
1. Set the mood
I definitely think that the lighting in your home is key when creating a cosy atmosphere. I love nothing more than turning off the lights and turning on the fairy lights, lamps and also lighting a couple of candles. I hate bright lights when I'm trying to relax and much prefer mood lighting in the evening. Candles are a great way of setting the mood in your home, not only are they romantic but they keep you warm during those long cold nights. You can never have to many so feel free to go crazy and light as many as you wish. Scatter them on your fireplace, on coffee tables, on shelves...where ever you like. You could even pop tea light candles into a mason jar for an extra touch of cosiness. If you have children and don't like the idea of having candles lit around the house there are many authentic looking fake candles which look just as real and give your room a relaxing glow.
2. Invest in a cosy rug or carpet
Another way to create a cosy home is to have warm coloured carpets which will go with the room all year round. Greys, cream and beige work well to create a warm cosy look. Or if you have laminate flooring then add a rug to the room as you can make the most out of it over the colder months to add some extra winter warmth to your home and then store it away in the summer. Rugs are a great way to keep your toes cosy during those chilly, wintery evenings.
3. Add lots of throws and cushions
On a cold winters evening (or day) all I want to do is lounge around in comfy slipper boots and onesie and climb on the sofa and snuggle up. I like to have throws and blankets in easy reach and keep my favourites in a basket next to the sofa. There are many ways to display and store your blankets to have them ready and available for you to grab and snuggle up under. Draping them over the sofa always make the room look cosy. Fur throws and chunky knit cushions are big this autumn/winter and there are so many nice ones trending right now.
Here are some of my favourite cosy winter interiors:
I am a huge fan or the nordic/Scandinavian decor and this just love this living room. The cotton ball lights on the antlers add a touch of cosiness even though it's daytime and there's a lot of natural light it still feels cosy to me.
This living space just screams winter's evening snuggled in front of the TV under some throws. It looks so inviting and warm with the different lighting options.
Creating a cosy space doesn't have to just be by dimming the lights in the evening there are other ways to create a warm and cosy living room during the day time. I really like the use of cushions and throws in this image along with the fair lights in the background.
Carpetright are currently hosting a #ComeHomeToCosy competition and theres a chance to win a brand new state of the art TV as well as £500 Carpetright vouchers to spend on making your home cosy just in time for Christmas.
To be in with the chance of wining all you need to do is send Carpetright a cosy photo or to double your chances of winning you could submit a 10-20 second clip video which depicts your idea of cosy. To read more about the competition and enter head on over to the Carpetright website here.
Here is our entry:
Let me know if you enter as I'd love to see what your idea of a cosy home is.
* This post is an entry into the #Comehometocosy competition. For details on how I work with brands take a look at my work with me page.
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