Summer 2014 has flown by, the days are getting shorter and the nights are drawing in, and although I don’t want to admit it, the sun’s no longer got his hat on and Autumn is just around the corner. Although half of me is sobbing into my sangria, the other half is secretly excited for the cosy nights in front of the fire with a huge mug of hot chocolate and my slippers. If you’re feeling guilty every time you reach for your warmest blanket during Coronation Street or your favourite pair of fluffy socks during X Factor, then don’t! Stop dreading the cold, dark nights and lets embrace this wintery weather together.
Autumn and winter are by far my favourite time of year (can you tell?), so here are my fab 5 quick and easy tips on how to transform your summer sanctuary into a cosy sofa cave using simple accessories and lighting.
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Trust me when I say, a little bit of colour goes a really long way! Adding a bit of blue here or a pop of purple there can transform your space from bland to brilliant in a flash. When it comes to creating a cosy cave in your home, team neutral cooler shades together like gorgeous greys, muted charcoals and crisp whites and experiment with deep, warm reds and navy blues for that real wintery feel.
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- I stumbled across this photo and instantly fell in love, I’m a big fan of the subtle hints of navy mixed with the faux fur and fairy lights. A perfect combination of comfort and class! You can browse our selection of fairy lighting here.
- Purple is a huge colour for Autumn/Winter 2014 and looks gorgeous against this crisp white background. Less is definitely more when it comes to colour combining and cushions and candleholders are a great quick win when brightening your boudoir!
- Can I move in tomorrow? The different shades of greys mixed with the vibrant red work perfectly. Are you thinking ‘I love it but I don’t have the right sofa!’? Don’t panic! Just grab a blanket in any colour you fancy, throw it over your sofa, pick up some bright cushions and candle holders and transform the whole look of your living room in minutes.
- I’m a sucker for anything fur (faux, of course!) and this throw looks gorgeous against the crisp white sofa. The lemon and turquoise patterned cushions give the room that extra bit of colour and set the room off perfectly. To achieve this look in your living room grab some cushions in complimenting bright shades, scatter them across the sofa and snuggle up under a faux fur throw. Heaven.
2. Set The Mood
I don’t think I’m alone when I say that the lighting in your home is key when creating a cosy atmosphere. I have a deep, deep hatred for bright lights when I’m trying to relax and believe solely in the art of mood lighting. Here’s how to transform your living room into a cosy sofa corner at the flick of a switch!
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- Candles are a sure fire way of setting the mood in your home and not only are they ridiculously romantic but they keep you toasty warm during those long cold nights too! My number one rule for candles is that you can never have too many, so go crazy, grab any shape, size or colour and scatter them in your fireplace, on coffee tables or even pop them in a homemade mason jar for that extra touch of cosiness. An easy alternative to real wax for inside your lanterns would be our authentic looking fake candles. Some also have a timer if you’re a bit forgetful, like me.
- I love every single thing about this picture, chunky knit cushions are huge this winter and combined with faux fur and animal prints you have yourself a perfect match. Instead of using overhead lighting, opt for some lanterns, pop some LED battery candles inside and dot them around the room, then grab yourself a hot drink, sit back and watch as they fill your room with a relaxing glow.
- Do you have some of our gorgeous fairy lights but not sure how to display them? Antlers are a perfect, hassle free way to hang your lights on the wall, they give your home that extra wintery sparkle and teamed with candles and lanterns, they transform your sorry space into a perfect cosy camp.
- When I found this picture, I got just a little bit excited! The colours and lighting work perfectly together, the shutters at the window give it that instant French boutique look and help to keep the cold wintery draughts out and the fairy light curtains look magical against the large wall at the back. Throw some candles and fur cushions into the mix and you have yourself a winning combo.
3. Lets Get Personal
Your favourite holiday, your first day at school or your sleepy face on Christmas morning, you can guarantee your mum had it caught on camera and hung on the wall for all to see (including your first boyfriend!). Photographs bring a personal touch to any home and are a brilliant way to make and share memories, so here are my top tips on how to display your photos and artwork to give your room that cosy feel.
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- I love the green gingham sofa for a country look and the monochrome theme in this room is right on trend this year. If black and white isn’t your thing, use brightly coloured photos instead to warm the room up. Photographs are a great way to fill an empty corner and can make a large wall feel smaller and cosier too.
- The vintage black and white photographs teamed with the stack of books, faux fur and antlers look awesome against the rustic off white wall, I would drape some fairy lights around the collage to brighten the space up and create a winter wonderland.
- Don’t you just want to curl up and read your favourite book? The cushions and comfy rug transform this sofa into a cosy cave while the shelf full of artwork makes a perfect focal point in the room, simple yet so effective.
4. Wrap It Up
All I want to do on a winter evening is get some comfy clothes on, scoop up my cat, George and climb on the sofa and when comfort is key you need your throws, blankets and quilts in easy reach. There’s a few different ways to display and store your blankets and rugs, so sit back, relax and let me talk throws with you!
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- Keep your blankets locked away in a cupboard when the weather gets warmer but on those wintery nights, you need them ready and available for you to grab and snuggle up under, I love this idea of folding them on top of old trunks or suitcases for that rustic, vintage feel!
- This is an ideal lazy Sunday morning scene, a bowl of cornflakes, mug of tea and a good book! For a more versatile look, choose a lightweight throw in a complimenting colour to the theme of your room, throw some cushions on top and leave it there all year round.
- I love, love, love this look and its so easy to do. Track down a huge wicker log basket and fling all your favourite blankets and rugs in it, keep it next to your sofa, under a side table or in the corner of the room for an easy access, hassle free way to store your favourite throws!
5. Snug As A Rug
Rugs are the best way to keep your toes cosy during those chilly, wintery nights. For me, there’s nothing worse than jumping up from my cosy sofa and stepping on to a cold floor, brrr, it gives me shivers just thinking about it! Rugs come in all different shapes, sizes, colours and textures and can warm any space up, big or little. Here’s how to get it just right when shopping rugs!
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- Oh my goodness, this is divine! The velvet and silk cushions are a perfect match with the fur throw and rug. Use a thick pile, shaggy rug to warm a large space up and if you’re feeling daring, opt for a bright colour to bring even more warmth into the room. If you hate it, you can just take it out again, simple!
- I love these little sheepskin rugs; they’re perfect for filling small spaces and you get can them in loads of different colours to suit your mood! You can also use them to cover small armchairs or in your kiddie’s bedrooms to keep little toes warm and toasty.
- This thick, knitted rug looks so warm and cosy next to the grey sofa and scatter cushions, if you have little ones and cream is a no go, opt for a more child friendly colour to see the winter through. My top tip when buying rugs is the bigger the better, if you have a large space to fill its better to go too big that run the risk of the rug getting swallowed up in the centre of the room.
Whether you choose just one or all five of these ideas, your home is sure to feel comfier in seconds, so grab your fur blanket, hit the lights and snuggle up on your new cosy sofa.