With winter upon us, we pull out the snuggly jumpers and the thick socks, adapting our wardrobe to suit the season. Did you know that it’s fairly easy to do the same with our homes? Adapting what you already have and adding a few choice pieces can make your home cosier than ever. While the Danish concept of ‘hygge’ has been all the rage the last few years and may seem confusing to some, it’s really just about creating a warm and content atmosphere that exudes warmth to nail the look.
Bringing in natural elements is a fantastic way to create the feeling of contentment. Just think how you feel when you get outside for some fresh air, visit a park, take a walk in the woods or have a picnic by a lake. Capture the essence of that feeling by bringing in natural elements into your space. We love how Coco Tran added some snug style to her bedside tables with a birch tree branch and eucalyptus.
Adding some other cosy touches – a thick knit blanket, a warming lantern, copper accessories and burning incense, combined with warm wood furniture and a touch of marble complete the cosy aesthetic.
In my own bedroom, I like to layer the textiles for a truly snuggly look. Mongolian throws, faux fur, velvet and embroidered textiles all combine for truly touchable texture, making it easy to cosy up when winter arrives. Consider adding a few touches of warm metals as I have here in gold, brass or copper, which all reflect and bounce around light which is normally in short supply over the winter months
It’s also a great time to invest in a few beautiful candles or votive holders. Choose inviting winter scents for your home such as cinnamon, pine, ginger, winter berries, or vanilla to ensure every sense is catered for.
The Dark Side
For the ultimate in adapting to the winter months, consider going dark with your decor. The sun makes few appearances at this time of year so why fight it? Consider dark winter colours in cosy fabrics and give in to this dark, rich, and warm look.
In the living room, look out for the plethora of velvet cushions that are currently on trend and mix and match with thick throws, making cosy nights in front of the telly something to look forward to!
While our winters may be mild in comparison to other countries, we can still steal some ideas on how they cope with endless winters. For the ‘cosy cabin’ look, combine natural materials like wood, brick and slate with thickly knitted textiles, sisal rugs, soft sheepskin throws and a monochrome palette. This snowy look is perfect for winter without being too dark.
If you already have a neutrally-decorated home, then simply adding more natural textures in white, cream, and grey against natural materials will make for a welcoming winter look and the perfect backdrop for seasonal decor.
Pretty in Pink
Of course, there is no reason to banish the soft pastels for winter. They work particularly well when combined with white and soft greys for that perfect Hygge Scandi style. Cosy layers in pink and grey are set off perfectly by Anna from Don’t Cramp My Style’s living room but the devil is in the details. Look for small embellishments that add personality to a space such as pompom trim, larger knits combined with smaller knits, piping on cushions, and raised patterns. These all create interest in a room and with that, a cosier vibe.