Top tips to give your house a cosy feel
Cosy. You know instantly when a house feels cosy. You can’t quite put your finger on it only that you have found a little corner of home heaven, where you can sink into sumptuous cushions, curl up with a hot drink, breathe in scented candles or take in the smell of fresh lavender blowing in on a warm breeze from the garden.
Whatever cosiness means to you, creating that feeling of warmth and togetherness in your home doesn’t have to be difficult or break the bank. In Scandinavia, the Danes have a name for it. Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga or hue-gah, a bit like yoga but with an ‘H’).
There is no literal translation of hygge – it’s more about embracing the small moments where all the stars align, and you get that feeling of calm, happiness and inner peace. Hygge moments can cover any part of life – even your home interiors.
So how do you create that cosy, hygge feel? The first thing is to create a peaceful, serene space and clear away the clutter. Mess can cause stress so be smart with your storage. Use different textures such as stylish wicker baskets, copper bins or clean industrial metal units to bring a different dimension to any interior.
Using textured accessories is another great way of adding warmth to a room. Fluffy or sheepskin cushions, velvet throws, or a soft woollen rug can all add different tactile surfaces for relaxing in. Choose more organic and natural materials for a more inspired, natural touch.
Invest in Candles. It’s a cliché but the warming glow of candlelight can transform a bright space into a flickering snug, whether scented with rose petals or wild basil or unscented. Candles are great to mask unpleasant smells and create a relaxing vibe but make sure you don’t over do it with too many as they can overpower the senses!
Pick a cosy palette. If you stick to the simple palettes of greys, biscuit and stone you can’t go much wrong as they transcend a feeling of calm and peace to any room. However, if you are feeling a bit more ambitious, it is always worth keeping an eye out for new colours coming into fashion. For example, Dulux’s Colour of the Year for 2019 is Spiced Honey - a warm, neutral colour with tones of amber and rich caramel. Dulux says it is great for an area where you want to think, dream, love and act.
Put your memories on display. Putting up photos of loved ones, favourite sayings or a piece of artwork immediately adds personality to any room and can help you relive and remember happy memories. Hygge-tastic!
Bring the outdoors in. Bringing nature’s touch to a room not only adds a vibrant splash of green to a space but can also have a big impact on your health too. Potted ferns, peace lilies and aloe vera plants can all spruce up the air quality in your home while at the same time adding a new texture to a room. While some plants are great at absorbing carbon dioxide through pores on the surface of their leaves, new research has found plants can absorb other gases including Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) such as Benzene and formaldehyde found in plastics, cosmetics and cleaning products.
Whatever changes you decide to make, remember the proverbial rule of ‘a place for everything and everything in its place.’ Surround yourself with objects that have meaning to you and you can’t go far wrong.