How to cosy up your home
Friday 24 October 2014, Written by Sarah Cole
With the clocks about to go back and the Diwali festival of lights happening this week, we're finally starting to get into the swing of Autumn. Temperatures are really starting to drop to autumnal levels, so our thoughts are turning to ways to cosy up the home. There are many ways of achieving this for the season with snuggly throws, candlelight and cosy accessories, but if you're looking for a more long term solution you can achieve this by adapting the surfaces in your home.
Adding texture is a sure-fire way of creating a sense of cosiness. Rugged, matt surfaces absorb light so will add a beautiful ambience. Try tiling a hearth or chimney breast with tactile products like these splitface mosaics (shown top) for a look that will transform your space. Try printed porcelain tileswith an applied pattern or texture to get this look with easy maintenance.
Using dark colours follows the same principle, as these help to make the space feel cosy with a cocoon-like effect. This could be something that you incorporate into a kitchen, for example, as we tend to spend a lot of time cooking and entertaining in these multi-functional spaces. Dark tiles, perhaps in grey or black, coupled with perfect lighting will add a sense of occasion. If you have a kitchen diner, this could prove to be incredibly atmospheric - perfect for cosy mealtimes or glamourous dinner parties!
Let it glow
Metallic accents and flashes of warm gold and copper are effective ways of warming up a space. Conjuring up a sense of luxury, these could be the perfect foil to a dark room. Dusky walls will make any contrasting accents pop, so reflective metallics will stand out even more in this environment.