8 ways to cosy up your home for winter

8 ways to cosy up your home for winter

19th October 2016

Pretty and practical tips to make your home a winter haven

With wintry weather on its way, now’s the perfect time to think about turning your home in to a warm, snuggly haven of comfort and joy.

We bet you’ve already bought your winter coat, gloves and boots to cope with whatever Mother Nature throws at you this winter… but what about getting your home ready to face the colder, darker days ahead? Here are 8 seasonal style tips that will add the snug to your cosy winter home.  

1 Rug up

The fashionistas’ winter watchword is ‘layering’ and this goes for your home too. Stone or wood floors that looked (and felt) über cool in summer will benefit from a soft rug or two being thrown over them in winter. Try a sheepskin rug by your bed, a dhurrie-style rug over wooden boards, or spice up your lounge with a large, fluffy number like the Spirit rug from Dwell in a gorgeous jewel-tone.

Rugs add instant cosy winter home style

Rugs add instant cosy winter home style

2 Bump up the cushions

For max snuggle, you need lots of cushions in a variety of tones, textures and sizes. Go for a combo of velvet, faux fur and chunky knits – gorgeous, tactile fabrics that really come in to their own in winter.

You can never have too many cushions

You can never have too many cushions

3 Throw on a throw

Throws are the winter homemaker’s BFF. They’re warm, cosy and, from a style perspective, a speedy way to transform a room when draped over sofas, chairs and beds. The colour? Whites and greys keep it Scandi-stylish, while earth tones of olive green and rich terracotta (like the Turin throw) are bang on trend for this season. We ❤ the warmth and texture of fur throws!

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4 Add some winter fragrance

Wood fires evoke an instant sense of winter, but if you don’t have a fireplace, there are lots of smoky scented candles that work their aroma-therapy (we love Diptyque’s Feu de Bois). Other classic winter-scented candles include pine, sandalwood and clove. This Moroccan-inspired Circles candle holder from Dwell casts beautiful shadows, enhancing the feelings of winter cosy.

Candles are a quick way to add the cosy to your winter home style

Candles are a quick way to add the cosy to your winter home style

5 Rearrange the furniture

Up the cosy factor in your living room by having a seasonal switch-around and rearranging the furniture. Move sofas and chairs away from the walls – try grouping them around a central rug, maybe, or turn them to face the fireplace (if you have one). Immediately the room will feel snugger, warmer and more nest-like. The Country Living Gower is the perfect seat for snuggling on this season!

Group furniture around the fireplace for instant cosy

Group furniture around the fireplace for instant cosy

6 Come dine with me

Even dining rooms can do with a bit of a winter home style makeover. Pop coloured slipcovers over dining chairs for added wow and warmth. Slip a textured rug under the dining table for guests’ feet to sink into (as we’ve done with the Canova extending dining table), and swap electric lights for flickering candles – a feast for your eyes indeed.

Create a modern dining space with high gloss

Create a modern dining space with high gloss

7 lighting

When it’s dark outside, getting the interior lighting is mega important. Ditch the central ceiling fixture (too harsh) and plump for pools of warmer light instead – uplighters in dim corners, floor lamps placed behind sofas and chairs to cast an ambient glow (we love this Peso light, from Dwell), table lamps strategically situated for reading or working, and bundles of fairy lights in unused fireplaces or in vases to add twinkle where it’s needed – will all make your rooms feel cosy and comforting.

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8 Mirror image

Make the most of what natural light there is in winter by reflecting it around the room with a large mirror. It’ll brighten up any space and make the room look bigger too.

Dwell mirror

For more autumn/winter style inspiration, including more on fireside living and getting cosy for winter, check out our new Style Sourcebook, online now

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6 ways to get your cosy on

6 ways to get your cosy on

12th September 2016
Baby it’s (getting) cold outside, so pop on the fire, get comfy on the sofa and test-drive some of our winter-proofed ways to have fun as the nights draw in. Sofa-loafing just got serious…

When it’s cold and dark outside, there’s nowhere better to be than in your own home in front of a roaring fire. To help you make the most of the long nights ahead, we’ve come up with six top ideas guaranteed to get your cosy on – all you’ll need is a comfy sofa or two, and some willing family and friends. Get ready for some fireside living…

1 Settle in for a TV marathon

Get the wine or beer cooling, pop your snacks in a bowl and crash back on the sofa to indulge your TV habit, big time. According to Netflix (and they should know) the shows for autumn/winter 2016 that no TV should be without include:

  • The Get Down Baz Lurhmann’s hip-hop masterpiece set in 1970s New York
  • The Crown Yup, a series about the early years on the throne of our very own QE2
  • Stranger Things What do you mean, you haven’t seen it yet?? Winona Ryder stars in this horror-sci-fi crossover – a must-watch for those cold, dark nights (axe optional!)

Stranger Things - Netflix

Stranger Things - Netflix

2 Bored? Get out the board games

From classics like Cluedo and Monopoly to the new games on the block such as Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit, a games night is always a winner with adults and kids alike.

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3 Home-style happy hour

Working on the principle that’s it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere, whip up a jug of something deliciously boozy (non-alcoholic versions acceptable too) and invite the girls round for some classy cocktails. Check out liquor.com for inspiration – we particularly fancy this pretty-as-a-picture strawberry daiquiri made from rum, lime juice, sugar syrup and strawberries. 

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Or maybe you fancy something deliciously sweet? There is nothing better than a mug of hot chocolate on a wintery evening. We love the idea of setting up a 'Hot Chocolate Bar' in your living room - complete with the family favourite toppers to make it a super sweet treat! Pen & Paper Flowers have created the perfect step by step guide to everything chocolate and we LOVE it!

Pen & Paper Flowers - Hot Chocolate Bar

Pen & Paper Flowers - Hot Chocolate Bar

4 Set up a slideshow of your holiday pics

Tired of squinting to see your holiday pics on your smartphone or tablet? Then why not hook up your device to your TV (check out techlicious.com for how to do this) then settle back on the sofa and bore your friends in glorious 50-inch technicolour! 

5 Family movie night

Grab the popcorn, the kids and the remote (cos it’s a long way to the TV, right?), snuggle together under a blanket or throw and press play on their favourite film… they’ll love it, and you’ll have earned your parent-of-the-year stripes!

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6 Host a sofa slipper supper

The ultimate casual dinner party, it’s called a slipper supper because your friends or neighbours come round for dinner in their, wait for it… slippers, and each bring a dish with them. So no dressing for dinner, and only one course to prepare as the host. Win-win, we say.

Sofa-loving grub

Here are a few of our favourite ‘one-pot wonder’ recipes, perfect for eating on your lap while curled up on the sofa…

  • Spectacular Spanish chicken with chorizo – courtesy of the ever-tasty Nigella Lawson
  • Cowboy-style chilli con carne – with thanks to the king of the kitchen Jamie Oliver
  • Ridiculously good roasted veg risotto – from the bake-off queen herself, Mary Berry

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Head to our Autumn/Winter e-zine for the latest living room inspiration guaranteed to warm up your season: click here.

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