Winter – the season when days are shorter, temperatures drop and skies can be grey, but there’s an upside; we can update our home interiors with cosy, stylish décors and accessories that create perfect environments for snuggling up in front of the fire with your favourite film and a hot chocolate!
And if you’re anything like us here at Style Studio, you’ll be spending lots more time indoors over the next few months, so we’ve put together five top tips to help you create the perfect home sanctuary for autumn and winter.
Layer it on (the more layers the better!)
Nothing says cosy styling more than lots of layers – of throws, cushions and curtains in different colours and textures (think velvet, fur, wool and sheepskin) – adding a luxurious touch to bedrooms and living rooms. Choose shades inspired by the season – soft grey, moss green and winter berry are just some of our seasonal favourites.
Invest in an oversize chunky knitted throw (or knit one yourself) – a design statement when layered over the end of a bed or chair and great for wrapping up in when the temperature plummets.
Sheepskin or faux fur rugs offer instant warmth and texture and look fantastic draped over sofas and armchairs as an alternative to a traditional blanket or throw. Or lay over dining chairs for a rustic Scandi look that makes even the dinner table a cosy place to be.
Pile high duvets, bedding, throws, pillows and bedspreads in the bedroom to create a sumptuous cocoon. A well-dressed bed is a focal point as well as a cosy haven. You spend a lot of time in your bedroom so make it your own – more is definitely more here!
Trip the ‘Light Fantastic’
When the nights start drawing in and the days get shorter and darker, lighting solutions become much more important. There’s nothing better than coming in from a cold gloomy winter evening to welcoming, twinkling lights that give your home a warm and comforting glow.
Great lighting can play a big part in making your home cosier. Group a cluster of pendant shades together for a localised pool of light; choose an elegant floor lamp to softly light up a dim corner, or go for an adjustable table lamp that can be angled to suit your needs – perfect if you love curling up on the sofa with a good book.
Embrace the Danish concept of Hygge by using different candle holders and candles to create a relaxing and homely environment – it’s all down to personal choice. We love filling a room with lanterns and tea lights for a soft ambient glow. Flameless candles create the same flickering effect but are a safer and more cost-effective choice.
Cosy curtains and warm windows
Traditionally one of the places where the most heat escapes from homes (especially if you have an old house and no double glazing), windows can be easily insulated with clever window dressing solutions.
We love the current trend for double dressing windows with both blinds and curtains. Not only is it a design statement, it’s also perfect for adding extra insulation. Choose contrasting patterns and colours for dramatic decadence or cleverly co-ordinate for elegant style – the choice is yours.
Our top tip? In particularly cold rooms, layer co-ordinating curtains over energy saving Thermostop® Venetian or Hive® cellular blinds for the ultimate heat retention solution at windows.
We love log burners, which make great focal points in a room and are cleaner and more energy efficient than an open fire. They’re also a great way to bring the comfort of a real fire into your home even when you don’t have a lot of space.
Some exciting new easy home update products, as an alternative to installing a fixed log burner, are portable indoor electric log burners. These can be brought into a room just in the colder months and will add warmth at the touch of a button. Image credit Amazon.
Warm feet = happy feet!
We love rugs almost as much as we love curtains and blinds here at Style Studio’s HQ. There are so many great designs out there and ways to experiment with colours, patterns and textures. But of course, it’s also the cosy foot feel that winter rugs provide that get our hearts racing.
Adding a shaggy – or to use it’s proper term ‘plush’ – rug to a room in winter months instantly adds a cosy update. Your feet will thank you for it too.