Winter hibernation has officially kicked in, as far as I’m concerned. I just want to spend every spare moment wrapped up in a bundle of blankets whilst the sweet scent of festive candles fills the air. If this also sounds like your idea of a good time, here are 8 simple decor tricks that will make your home extra-cosy, this Autumn/Winter…
Create a Festive Centrepiece
Bring a welcome dose of festive, seasonal cheer to your living room by creating a beautiful centrepiece for your coffee table. Invest in a metal or wooden tray (West Elm and H&M Home have some lovely options) and fill it with scented candles, flowers and a few ornaments that reflect the time of year. Miniature pumpkins and pine cones are perfect for autumnal arrangements. And as we approach Christmas you can swap them for vintage ornaments. Inspiration and image via Anum Tariq.
Load Up on Blankets
I pretty much spend every evening from November 1st through the end of February wrapped up in a blanket on the sofa. What can I say? I like to hibernate. And I truly believe no home is complete without a cosy stash of soft, knitted blankets. Try Next and H&M Home for bargain buys. And, if you’re looking for something more luxurious, try The White Company’s ultimate cashmere throw. Inspiration and image via West Elm.
Invest in Velvet Accents
Velvet is such a sumptuous and luxe fabric, and it makes a beautiful style statement for autumn/winter. If you have the space (and funds), invest in a velvet accent chair for your living room or bedroom. It’s a brilliant way to bring rich, jewel tones into your home. And, if an entire piece of furniture is too much of a commitment for you, opt for velvet cushions for your sofa instead. Zara Home has a brilliant selection of cushion covers. Inspiration and image via Anthropologie.
Choose Seasonal Flowers
Visit your local market and put together a seasonal flower arrangement for your home. It’s an easy way to bring colour to an otherwise minimalist room. Delphimiums, Roses, Lisianthus, Snap Dragons and Poppies are just a few of the flowers that are easily accessed in autumn/winter (I asked my good friend Google). You can also spruce things up with berries and leafy eucalyptus, to add texture and depth. Inspiration and image via Harlowe James.
Focus on Texture
Texture helps to bring warmth into a room, and adds to the overall feeling of cosiness. Blankets and throws are perfect for this. But if you want to take the look a step further source a woven or tasselled wall hanging. When paired with white walls, minimalist furniture and lots of house plants they look ridiculously cool. Etsy is the best place to look for macramé wall hangings, so make it your first port of call. Inspiration and image via The Glitter Guide.
Place Fairy Lights Everywhere
Fairy lights create a real sense of ambience, and they’re a brilliant way to make your home feel cosier at a low cost. Pin them around your headboard or a mantlepiece to create a soft glow. Or, take things one step further, and create an “cosy corner” in your living room or home office. You’ll need a few packets of fairy lights, some cushions and throw blankets, a comfortable chair and a soft rug underfoot. It will immediately become the perfect spot to read a book in the evenings! Inspiration and image via Advice From a 20 Something.
Give a Warm Welcome
The exterior of your home is just as important as the inside. So make a warm welcome by greeting your guests with a cheerful doormat. This “come in + cozy up” design was part of West Elm’s 2016 collection, and is now sold out in all of their stores. But, luckily, you can still purchase a virtually-identical doormat from Etsy. Inspiration and image via Kaetlyn Anne.
Update Your Candle Collection
Nothing sets the mood for a cosy evening at home quite like a scented candle. And there are so many amazing autumn/winter fragrances to choose from. Right now I love Jo Malone London’s English Oak & Redcurrant, The White Company’s Winter candle and the Anthropologie Pumpkin candle. But that’s really just the tip of the iceberg… Inspiration and image via The Online Stylist.
What cozy home updates will you be focusing on, this Autumn/Winter? And have any of these ideas caught your eye? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts…
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