We think we are fully allowed to start looking for cosy interior decor ideas, it's mid-September after all. It won’t be long until we’re lighting our log burners, pulling that throw around our shoulders, popping on that extra pair of thick socks and having a hot chocolate topped with marshmallows! It doesn’t take much to create a cosy home – it’s all about textures and layering, beautiful scents, candlelight and warm colour schemes. We show you just how it's done with these five easy ideas...
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1. Invest in a log burner for ultimate cosiness
There’s nothing lovelier than listening to the crackle of logs burning is there? This 2840 wood burning stove by Morsø (opens in new tab) is a modern version of the iconic squirrel stove that has been redesigned. It has a beautiful triangular shape with striped sides reminiscent of the old Morsø designs. Neat enough to fit into a corner, team it with squishy sofas, plump cushions and a throw or two.
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2. Always go for candlelight and low lighting
Scandinavian countries really know how to celebrate cosiness – remember the hygge trend a few years ago? Embrace the philosophy again this autumn – buy some dinner candles (opens in new tab), pop them in some holders (opens in new tab), and keep your pendant lighting above the dining table low and intimate. Add in some slubby linen napkins, ribbed glasses, tableware with character and great food, oh and some friends!
3. Incorporate organic shapes into your autumn home decor
H&M (opens in new tab) have launched their new autumn winter range and it’s full of lovely organic shaped accessories – vases, bowls and plates, tactile cushions and textured rugs and throws. These pieces all help towards creating a cosy feel – touch is very important to us and so is scent, look out for candles like cedar, sandalwood, sage and Frankincense.
4. Layer up the textiles
Couldn’t you just fall asleep in this bed? Layers of beautiful textures that will sooth your troubles away, faux fur is extremely tactile so treat yourself to two or three different textures for maximum comfort. The cushion is called Bella (opens in new tab), the plush throw is Lenon (opens in new tab) and at the bottom of the bed is one of these sheepskin rugs (opens in new tab) - they are a great option for when it’s super cold outside!
5. Use plenty of soft neutral hues
Colour has a huge impact on how we feel, so if you want to create a cosy environment this season then consider your existing colour schemes. A bold red or bright yellow may look great in the summer when it's warm and sunny outside, but in autumn it may seem harsh and not relaxing. Dulux recently announced their Brave Ground (opens in new tab) as their Colour of the Year 2021 and it’s the perfect shade for creating a cosy space. Warm and inviting, it’s a versatile neutral that can be teamed with other shades too.