As we get ready for the gradual slide back into hibernation mode, it’s the ideal time to ‘cosy up’ your home and make it that little bit more comforting for the colder months ahead.
As the days begin to shorten and we start to spend more and more time inside, it’s essential that we have a dedicated space at home to escape for five minutes’ peace and quiet. Whether it’s a cosy reading nook in the kitchen, a meditation spot under the stairs or a comfortable chair complete with blanket in the living room, create a space that you’ll really look forward to spending time in.
It may seem counterintuitive to even think about creating frosty interiors when it’s time to wrap up warm. However, icy blues, frosty whites and cool greens can all have a very calming effect. What’s more, we can learn to associate these colours with the winter that we love – frosty morning walks, country bike rides or simply crunching through the autumn leaves in the garden. So this year, welcome winter into your home!
This time of year creates such a versatile range of natural, ready made accessories. Whether it’s displaying russet coloured apples in wicker baskets, collecting a crisp array of autumn leaves to display in a vase or using the hues of vibrant seasonal veggies to create a tasty centre piece, you needn’t look far for inspiring autumnal accessories.
An alternative way to inject some warmth into your home is by using earthy shades. Homely colours such as warming browns and refreshing greens will help to create a grounding space you’ll love. And as this time of the year can also become quite hectic, this scheme will also create a balancing environment with the darker tones helping to ground the lighter ones.
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Natural light at this time of the year can be hard to come by. And if it’s miserable and dark outside, it can often feel gloomy inside too. While dark colours can create a cosy, intimate space, another way to warm up a room is to use mid-tone, easy to live with greys. These lighter shades offer warmth without being too dark and are the perfect platform to add some brighter accessories and tones as well.
There’s something incredibly comforting and soothing when catching sight of an item or accessory that reminds you of your childhood. Whether it’s a patchwork quilt, gingham bedspread or pile of board games in the corner, mixing modern and traditional is a great way to comfort your inner child.
Pretty soon houses will be filled with people, the party season will be in full swing and you’ll be getting ready to welcome chilly guests in from your porch. Hallways are the first impression your friends and family will receive when you greet them on the doorstep. Make yours a cheerful welcome by using bright cherry reds, warm crimsons and burnt oranges – they’ll be sure to bring a smile.