This post is written by Amy, the founder of Aubrey Bay, making handmade luxury candles in the UK. She is passionate about beautifully scented homes, ethical products sustainable packaging, and all things cosy.
It’s always a great feeling when a friend or family member comments that you have a cosy home. I’ve always enjoyed creating these warm, cosy spaces; whether they are light or dark, they always feel thoughtful, beautiful, lived-in and loved.
This inspired me to think about what my top tips for a cosy home would be. So, whether you are moving into halls, renting your first place or just want to make your home cosier here are the dos and don’ts that have worked for me.
1. Add a warm glow
I like to replace any cool, white lights with warm, yellow bulbs. Fairy lights are always a great idea and can be used in strategic locations such as a bowl or around a bed to bring cosiness to a room. A few tea lights and well-chosen candles can also enhance a room.
Adding yellow light to a room instantly makes it feel cosier.
2. Snuggle up
I like to bring a beautiful throw or a plush blanket into the living room and bedroom. This creates texture and softens a room.
You can also wrap them around yourself and cosy up with a good book and a cup of tea. Depending on the size of your room, I’d opt for more than one throw or blanket because being cosy together is better than being cosy alone.
Likewise, with cushions, I always recommend more is best. Pile them high on your sofas and beds.
The end product of throws, blankets and cushions means the snuggle factor is amazingly well-suited to long nights in and the occasional Netflix binge.
3. Incorporate wood
When used sparingly, wood can instantly warm a room.
You can create a warm, cosy home with accent pieces of wood like a dresser, coffee table, wood shelving or bowls.
4. Cosy feet
When used non-sparingly, wood while beautiful can create a colder, starker environment. This is when a beautiful rug can come in handy. There’s so much choice when it comes to rugs ranging from vintage to pet-friendly rugs. There’s nothing quite like stepping onto a decadent rug and scrunching your toes. And toes love cosiness, too!
5. Blend old and new
A super, cosy home can easily be created by blending old and new items.
If you take a home that’s filled with vintage antique items, this can seem dated and stuffy. Likewise, a home only filled with trendy and modern pieces may feel cold and impersonal. Blend the two and you create the opportunity for a real wow factor.
I’ve bought many things from IKEA and while they can be beautiful modern and practical, a vintage piece of furniture can accentuate a space.
6. Hygge up your home
I’m a big fan of the Danish concept of Hygge. Pronounced “hoo-ga,” this Danish idea encompasses a feeling of cosy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life.
In the home, this can mean keeping clutter-free areas and enjoying a great book with a satisfying cup of coffee. Just the thought brings on a cosy feeling and if you want more ideas on Hygge in the home you can read a little more over on my blog.
7. Bring nature inside
Bringing plants into the home is a great idea. House plants are more than just decorations to me: they are other beautiful living things that co-share my home.
They turn a room into a living space and bring their own life into my interiors. They communicate that this is a living space, someone cares and someone calls this home.
Plants are warm, inviting and part of a healthy home which is always going to create beautiful indoor spaces.
8. The small things
I always try not to overlook the little things. Clusters of photographs, memory walls of great times with family and friends, signature pieces or the odd luxury candle here and there will really boost up your cosiness factor.
I’d love to hear from you! What are your tips and tricks for creating a cosy home? Where’s your cosy space in your home and how did you achieve it? Please share in the comments below.