It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of autumn and winter. The colder weather has really kicked in over the last few weeks here in Sheffield so I’ve been making a few changes in my home. The evenings are cold and dark so by the time I’m home all I want to do is cook the dinner and then snuggle under a warm blanket while finishing off my work.
If you’re lucky enough to have a fire then that really does the trick, it adds lots of warmth and a very cosy feel to the home. I’m currently situated right in the middle of a city apartment so there are no log fires during my evening. There’s no need to worry though, there are many ways to make your home cosy. I’m sharing 4 simple ideas you can implement into your home and make it extra cosy for the cold winter months.
Photo by Lampcommerce ft the Dina table lamp
- Lighting – This is a very important addition to any room and one that is often overlooked or forgotten about. As soon as you change the lighting in a room you’ll notice a difference in the mood and feel. During the day it’s ideal to make the most of natural light with big windows and mirrors. However, with the days getting shorter and darker at this time of the year you have to switch the lights on.
Switching the big light on all evening is just not going to cut it. If you’re living in rented accommodation you’ll be aware that the lighting fixtures they use can often be quite harsh. Instead of using the big lights (apart from when you’re cooking) I think it’s important to make use of floor and table lamps for a warming glow and targeted lighting.I really like the Uovo table lamp by Archivio Storico. Not only will something of this style give off a warm glow to the room but it also acts as a statement piece. The Artemide Tolomeo desk lamp will work perfectly for targeted lighting at the desk. They can both be found at Lampcommerce. Oh and don’t forget to pick your bulbs carefully.
- Rugs – It wasn’t long ago that I wrote about the importance of rugs. Rugs are similar to lighting, they can both be easily forgotten about or left ’til last when decorating a room.
A rug will add extra warmth and texture to the room making it cosy throughout winter. They’re a dream to walk on and also for those of us who like to sit on the floor wrapped in a blanket. You could even try using a runner in the hallway.If you’re looking to make an investment and carry the rug with you each time you move then I suggest going for a simple and classic colour. However, if you want the rug to be a focal point then go for a pattern that stands out. Whatever you do, just make sure you love it. Don’t buy something you’re not 100% on.
- Throws – A soft throw is one of my favourite things and such a simple addition to the home. I personally think that plaid throws are ideal for this time of the year and The Wool Company have a fantastic collection. Last year I was treated to this beauty from Phil’s mum (from The Wool Company). I’ve been using it to keep my legs warm in the evening.I suggest keeping a selection of throws neatly stored away in a basket by your armchair. If they stay on the bed or sofa they can sometimes end up looking a little messy. Especially if they don’t get folded away. So make a feature out of them by using a smart storage basket.
- Candles – A favourite scent will help to make your home feel warm and cosy. Making a batch of homemade soup or cookies will also help with this but candles will do the job much quicker.At this time of the year I love a strong spicy candle. My personal favourite at the moment are the candles from Woodwick. Not only do they give off a beautiful, strong scent but they also crackle away and it sounds like you have a log fire in the room.
There are many other cosy additions you can make to your home. A cheap and cheerful autumnal bedding set will really make things cosy. I actually wrote a post about some of my favourite bedding sets at the moment. You can see my pretty woodland theme bedding from ASDA in the photo above.
Leave a comment below and let me know how you’ll be making your home extra cosy this winter.
Thank you to Lampcommerce for collaborating on this post.