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Cosy home interior tips: How to make your home feel cosy

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The coronavirus pandemic has taught us how important it is for us to feel comfortable at home. Even though summer could bring more freedom, it is nice to come home to a cosy house. Express.co.uk chatted to interior experts at Loom & Last, KAGU Interiors, Iconic Lights, Woodchip & Magnolia and Interior Fox to find out how to make your home feel cosy.

Walls

A splash of warm-coloured paint on the walls makes a huge difference.

Harry Cole, Founder of Loom & Last said: “Add a cosy-appeal to a neutral room by switching out soft furnishings for warmer hues.

“Opt for a rich palette of terracotta, forest green and golden hues, offset by gentle greys and heather shades for a timeless and tranquil feel.”

Nina Tarnowski, Founder & Designer for Woodchip & Magnolia recommends using darker paints instead of neutrals.

She said: “Consider swapping out brighter colours and stark white walls for deeper and more sumptuous shades.

“A common misconception is that dark colours can make a room feel smaller, when in fact they can open up space and infuse the room with warmth and personality.”

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Soft accessories

Blankets, throws and cushions are the main accessories you need to feel warm and cosy.

Harry explained: “Cushions, throws, blankets are the ultimate way to crank up the cosy factor in your home.

“Having extra throws to hand on the sofa, or spread across the bed to add interest and extra depth of texture.”

Ben Stokes, Founder & Interior Designer for KAGU Interiors agreed that soft furnishings are “an instant, easy and inexpensive way of immediately adding that cosy feel to the living room or bedroom.”

He said: “Layer throws, add a selection of cushions and a soft rug to instantly give that homely feel.”

Ben recommends adding some stylish and functional wicker, seagrass or straw baskets to your home to “add texture while keeping the less attractive belongings neatly out of sight.”

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Scent

What does cosy smell like to you? Ben recommends spraying your home with a fragrance that makes you feel at home.

He said: “Breathe life into your home with fragrance, it’s a great way to introduce a new season into your living areas.

“For a cosier feel in the colder evenings, try leather, smoky wood, fig scents. To inject a sense of spring, opt for lighter tones of linen and floral fragrance.”

Another easy way to add scent is by always keeping fresh flowers at home. Ben said: “Fresh flowers have the power to uplift a room and finish off a scheme.

“Lilies work best in the spring, place them on a table or console table, always give a nice focal point and help to add softness to large pieces of furniture.”

Lilies are poisonous to cats and dogs, so pick a different flower if you have any furry companions.

Lighting

Who knew that lighting can change the entire vibe of a room.

Ben said pendant lights work beautifully and can create a real focal point.

He said: “Opting for a light shade in a natural material such as rattan or seagrass will add texture and warmth.

“It cleverly filters the light, casting soft shadows across the room to create a cosy and inviting feel.”

Natalie Mann, New Product Development Coordinator for Iconic Lights advises against overhead lights, unless they are dimmable, and prefers lamps instead.

She said: “Floor lamps, table lamps the more the merrier, layering lighting options at different heights will help create a warm inviting glow and a relaxing atmosphere”

You even need to consider the warmth of your bulb depending on what room you’re putting them in.

Natalie said: “A warm white bulb is best for the living room, bedroom or hallway as it creates a warm, ambient light, while a cool white bulb works best in the kitchen or home office where a brighter light is required for tasks.

“Consider boosting the brightness in awkward corners and alcoves with floor or table lamps.

“This will help to extend the natural light while making the room feel more open and spacious.

“Dimmer switches allow for full control on varying the light intensity, meaning you can set the tone depending on the time of day.”

Rug

A rug is a perfect addition to a home that needs a little more warmth and comfort, according to Jenna & Mariana from Interior Fox

They said: “Rugs can pull the scheme together and help to zone a space when working with a larger room.

“Don’t be afraid to maximise: the bigger the rug, the better in our opinion. A large rug will create maximum comfort underfoot while adding warmth and texture to wooden floors.”

The interior designer duo recommends placing the rug underneath the front of the sofa to “bring your key furniture pieces together.”

They said: “To avoid the room feeling overcrowded, give the rug enough space from the wall, ensuring the sides of the floor are exposed.”



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