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7 ways to create a cosy home this winter

Like it or loathe it, winter is here and it’s time to layer up, scatter around some throws and create a cosy home – especially with energy bills heading through the roof. From the living room to the bedrooms, Good Homes shares some tried-and-tested methods to up the cosiness levels at home without cranking up the heating…

1. Comforting colours

The colour of a room can have a huge impact on our mindset, so try to opt for something warm that gives you feelings of safety. While neutral tones are popular because they’re easy to work with, a bit of colour, even if it’s just a feature wall, offers a depth and richness that can help evoke calm.

‘The more opulent the shade, the more of a cocoon-effect it will create for you,’ says Lucy Ackroyd, head designer at household linen specialists Christy. ‘Terracotta can bring depth, and paired with a biscuit, stone or soft pink will bring comfort to your home.’

If you’re not in the mood for painting, bring these tones in with accessories. Whether it’s new bed linen, artwork or ceramics, it can all make a big difference to how we feel.

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Photo: Annie Sloan

2. Snug rugs

While wooden flooring might be trending, it can leave a space feeling empty and cold. Rather than revamping your home to bring in more carpet, a more practical solution would be to use rugs and mats: ‘A textured rug, either a deep pile sheepskin or a classic basket weave can work wonders, especially when placed in a strategic spot where extra comfort is needed, such as where you walk in, by the fire, or your favourite reading spot,’ says Lucy.

Storage unit with picture frames and rug, cosy haven, goodhomesmagazine.com

Photo: Dunelm

3. Throw on a throw

One of the easiest ways to make a big difference is by investing in throws and blankets for your home. A basket or storage space in your living room is ideal for storing a collection of velvet throws and chunky knit blankets so you, your family and friends can all grab one when settling down for a Netflix binge.

cosy throws, blankets and cushions in shades of pink

Photo: Christy

4. Fleece offering

High street hero Dunelm has created its own Teddy Bear range, filled with bedding, soft furnishings and wellbeing products. From throws and bedding to dressing gowns, onesies, curtains and even pet beds, everything is made using the same soft, fleecy fabric that instantly leaves you feeling warm and cosy. Shop the collection here.

Bamboo headboard with Teddy Bear bedding for cosy season

Photo: Dunelm

5. Loungewear

There’s not much point adopting all these cosy home ideas while wandering around in shorts and a t-shirt, so invest in some decent, toasty loungewear: ‘Super soft knitted co-ords are great for daytime, and try to stick to warm, soft colours like beige and cream so you can feel comfy while working from home,’ says Lucy. ‘A fluffy dressing gown is a must for the evening though, and it’s worth investing in a good quality fabric as these can last for years if looked after properly.’

This fleecy animal-print loungewear from M&S ought to do the trick.

Fleece animal print lounge joggers, £22, and pyjama top, £22

M&S fleece animal print lounge joggers, £22, and pyjama top, £22

6. Hot water bottle

It’s an oldie but a goodie – nothing warms you up on a chilly evening like a hot water bottle. They’re perfect for those who suffer from cold feet, especially when climbing into bed. Sophie Allport offers a great selection of hot water bottles with cute covers, but you can most likely pick one up on your supermarket run. A quick and easy alternative is a microwaveable beanbag. Designed to sooth aches and pains, they’re also great for a blast of heat while watching TV. Pick up a lavender-scented one to help you drift off at bed time.

Cosy season Christmas hot water bottle in armchair with fluffy blankets

Photo: Sophie Allport

7. Let there be light

Rather than using your main overhead lights, opt for candles or warm table and floor lamps to create a cosy glow in your home. This will create a warming effect that will naturally bring a sense of calm. Even better, use scented candles so you can enjoy a tranquil scent to further help you relax.

tripod floor lamp with white/beige lampshade in a scandi-chic home

Photo: Iconic Lights