Autumnal colours and natural materials for a cosy home
Warm colours are what instantly spring to mind when you think about how to create a cosy home.
Autumnal tones, natural materials and a touch of historical character are all staple elements that will instantly add a sense of warmth and texture to any space.
Reds, pinks, oranges, browns and beige can all be seen in the natural world at this time of year and what could be better than to bring this into your home – whether in pops of bright colour or more muted, calming tones.
As well as the colours in a space, the use of texture and layers as found in nature also add to a welcoming and cosy home.
Antiqued stone flooring in warm beiges with rugged edges and surface texture will provide the perfect base upon which the rest of the room can be built. Similarly, feature wall tiles such as our handmade Zellige tiles bring their own charm thanks to their irregularity and variation in colour.
Using new or reclaimed wood, whether it be as part of the structure itself, in furniture, decorative items, or on a kitchen island, will add to the effect as will warm metals such as brass used for a picture frame or light fitting. We love the bright, yet warm, orange chosen for the cooker in this kitchen design.
Adding a rug in a sitting area will help to zone the space while also upping the sense of cosiness. Other textiles such as pillows and throws allow extra colour and texture to be added to a room – a warm blanket is also a must for a snug evening in front of the TV.
Blending old and new elements in a space will also add to the feeling of a home with character and charm. Antique furniture alongside new items suggests a space has been curated using items collected over time – items that have meaning and a story to tell. Reclaimed materials such as terracotta floor tiles or an original red brick feature wall also have the same impact.
Carefully considered lighting – corner lamps with a warm bulb for example – mean a space can be lit atmospherically without the stark illumination from a large central overhead light.
But, of course, the ultimate for a cosy home has to be an open fire or log burner – nothing can beat the soft crackle of a real fire on a cold day.