Whatever the season, a cosy and welcoming aesthetic is always desired in a family home. If you want your house or flat to be a haven of comfort for you and the rest of your family, there are plenty of ways to create this atmosphere without breaking the bank.
Fireplaces and Wood Burning Stoves
A classic way to add cosiness to a room is to clean out an original fireplace and get it working. You may need to get a tradesman in to help you with the task, but it’s definitely worth the expense especially in cold weather. Make sure you have a high quality fireguard and keep pets and young children away. If you’re looking to invest in a wood burning stove, now is a good time to do so. The designs are catching up with contemporary aesthetics and you can find stoves in cream enamel as well as the traditional black designs with claw feet. You can buy logs inexpensively from garden centres, and ask friends and neighbours whether they have any spare wood to sell or give away. Existing chimney flues can be fitted with new liners, like those available from Glowing Embers, and fitted to wood burning stoves.
Think about what feels inviting to the touch and fill your home with a variety of textured throws, rugs and cushions. Mix leather with velvet, gauze and cotton. There really is no right or wrong way to choose fabrics, so pick confidently on the strength of personal taste. Heavy drapes can really warm rooms up in winter, and they can simply be tied back during the summer months.
Light It Up
Invest in lighting on different levels and a variety of wattage bulbs to create an intimate atmosphere. LED lighting gives a much warmer and brighter glow than standard bulbs, and having a couple of small table lamps or freestanding lamps will lend any room an air of cosiness. Think about lampshades and choose warm colours that will compliment the room’s existing colour scheme.
One of the best ways to make your home seem cosier and more inviting is to stamp it with the personality of you and your family. This is where you can really get creative. Allow the children to pin up their artwork, school report cards and party invitations. Display small treasures collected on holiday or make a collage out of family photographs that can be hung on the wall. Painting murals or spending time crafting homemade ornaments can be a great way to occupy children and bring the whole family together, whilst adding to the cosy aesthetic of your home.