Décor & Gardening
Home is where the hearth is
As temperatures dip lower, bring your focus inward by re-organising your key furniture pieces. If you are fortunate enough to have a fireplace, pull pieces inwards to the centre of the room and face them towards the hearth to create a cosy gathering zone during these cold days. A large mirror above the mantel instantly elevates a bland fireplace to focal point status, while at the same time adding extra light into the space. Also, remember to swap those interior bulbs of yours if they have a blue cast to warmer-toned ones if you haven’t done so yet.
Just throw down a rug! Consider covering your freezing floor with a soft rug, its a great way to add the warmth back into your living room and includes an element of comfort. For a unique style statement, layer one rug on top of another to enhance some visual interest, it does not need to be done symmetrically, it can be laid casually in any direction over the other. Rugs come in all colours and sizes so no matter what kind of space you’re working with, you are certain to find some that works for your space.
One of the quickest tricks to cosy up your home is to introduce layers, sometimes lots of them. Furnishing elements like pillows, throws, sheepskins and heavy drapes all bring a component of cosiness to a space. Something as simple as dressing up a chair can make the world of difference, ie dress up your dining room by covering your chairs with simple slipcovers. Slipcovered chairs add warmth and winter chique to a typical neutral dining room and can be easily taken off for a quick wash after a gathering with friends or family.
Surround yourself in softness. Something as simple as a sheepskin rug informally draped over a couch or chair invites a person to just snuggle in. Whether it’s faux or real, fluffy textures conjure cosiness and play a big part especially in places like the Nordic regions during its winter seasons. Using a material like sheepskin in unanticipated areas, such as on a dining chair, is both embracing and luxurious. It will create warmth by adding just enough extravagance to feel distinct and inviting.
Don’t be afraid to go bold with large cable knit throws or chunky poufs either. These subtle additions will warm up a room for anyone who enters!
Wood is an essential part to a modern cosy cabin. But you don’t need to own a cabin to incorporate some of its elements to warm your space up. Add key pieces or just expose some furnishings that contain a warm, rich, wooden texture like a bed base or even a coffee table.
Choose to include reclaimed wood artwork in your design. Some pieces can easily be moved or changed when spring eventually rolls in again. Wood gives off a rustic warmth that is perfect for warming up on those cold days!
Janeke Wissekerke is a professional architect, originally from Dundee, KZN. She graduated from the University of Queensland, AUS, with her Masters in Architecture and has been in the design industry for 15 years.