As the nights draw in and autumn approaches, your thoughts might be turning to how you can make a room look warmer. From choosing paint colours and layering textiles, to selecting the perfect lighting, follow these styling secrets to master the art of the cosy home. Read on for ideas and inspiration to make your home more inviting through the chilly months ahead.
What are warm colours?
Mood is all important when choosing paint colours for your home. A warm colour palette will help the space feel more comforting; a snug cocoon where you can fully relax. Look for eco-friendly paint that contains pigments of red, orange, and yellow. These hues also have the visual effect of making the walls seem closer, creating a space that feels more intimate.
Try a dark colour scheme
If dark colours remind you of your teenage bedroom, think again. Chosen wisely, dark colours are the ideal way to add warmth in a contemporary home. For a timeless feel, opt for chalky shades from Earthborn, like Inglenook or Gregory’s Den. Or, if opulence is your thing, indulge in jewel shades such as Hobgoblin or Bobble Hat.
Jewel-like colours such as Bobble Hat feel cosy and extravagant
Add wood and natural materials
Don’t forget that the walls are just one aspect of the overall colour scheme of your room. The floor is a large expanse and often an afterthought, but the right choice makes a big difference. Warm wood flooring, such as oak or walnut, looks luxurious topped with a thick wool rug. Woven wicker baskets, an oversized vase of autumn leaves and beeswax candles are instant ways to bring natural materials and scents into your living space.
Crocky Road has an earthy quality that works beautifully with stripped wood
Layer wool blankets and throws
No sofa or bed is complete without a warm wool blanket… or three! Choose chunky woven herringbone blankets for the living room, where they can be folded over the back of your favourite armchair or rolled up in a basket so they’re always close to hand. For a cosy bedroom, a lighter merino lambswool throw is a good option to help regulate your body temperature as you sleep.
A basket of blankets beside the sofa makes your living room ready for a cosy night in
Get the lighting right
A cosy room will be instantly ruined by harsh overhead lighting. If a warm and inviting mood is your aim, soft light is key. Create a contemporary feel with oversized table lamps positioned on low tables. For the ultimate hygge retreat, style a cosy reading corner with a floor lamp placed behind your favourite armchair. Finish with steaming tea, a warm wool blanket and a really good book.
Don’t ruin your cosy living room with harsh lighting, opt for small table lamps instead
Armed with these ideas the art of the cosy home is yours! Visit the Earthborn website to request a colour card and pop over to our friends at The British Blanket Company to see more of the gorgeous blankets and throws featured in this post.