5 Simple Ways to Cosy up your Home

These 5 styling tips from Interior Design guru Shaynna Blaze, will make hibernating at home, look and feel a whole lot better.

With the prospect of spending more time at home due to the cold winter chill, it might be worth considering a little home makeover. 

Embrace the season, says Shaynna Blaze, with the best heating you can afford and these 5 styling tips.

1. Rug up

Floorboards or tiles are not much fun to walk on in winter, but even if you have carpet, a rug is always a good addition. It adds warmth, texture, colour and pattern which all work to make a room feel cozier. Besides the living room, under the bed is another great place for a rug, especially for bare feet first thing in the morning! Position the rug with the longer side horizontally under the end of the bed with enough to go around the foot of the bed and along each side just up to the bedside tables. If you have room for a larger rug, place it underneath the whole bed and bedsides, aiming for equal coverage all around.

2. Seasonal switch

Swap summery linen or cotton scatter cushions, floor cushions and throws, with velvet, wool, cashmere or faux fur ones. In fact, cheaper acrylic throws feel just as soft and are warm too. These accessories are the quickest and most inexpensive way to give your sofa a revamp and you’ll love snuggling up to them too. Why not replace a cold coffee table with an upholstered ottoman that will double as a footstool.

3. Fireplace feature 

If you’re lucky to have a real fireplace (or even just a gas log flame heater that looks the part) then make it stand out. Paint the wall around and above the fireplace, from the skirting board to the cornice, a dark colour like charcoal, dark chocolate, deep emerald or navy. Not only will it frame the fireplace but it will provide the perfect background for artwork or a mirror to stand out above it.

4. Focus on firewood

If you have a working fireplace, don’t keep going out into the cold to stock up on firewood, think of creative ways to display it indoors – in a rustic basket, industrial chic metal container or a faux (or real) leather box. A small, vintage, soft leather suitcase with character (or a Louis Vuitton monogram!) could also do the trick. Or if you have bookshelves on either side of the fireplace then stack firewood along the bottom shelves. Keep it tightly and neatly stocked for most impact. It will add a real earthiness, not to mention the lovely scent of timber.

5. Lighten the mood

Get all moody with lighting. Forget the bright overhead lights - instead add a floor lamp or a couple of table lamps to a living room for dimmer, subtler lighting. Use a silver, crystal, timber or leather tray to group together a collection of real or flameless battery-operated candles (the safer option, especially if kids are around). Place them on a coffee or console table, on the mantelpiece or as a centerpiece on a dining table.

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