Creating a Cosy Winter Hideaway
Autumn is our favourite season of the year, the multi-coloured leaves falling from the trees and the crisp, fresh, morning air that takes your breath away. The temperature has started to drop and our minds are already thinking about what the next season will bring. So, we’ve pulled together our top tips for winter-proofing your home in preparation, so that when the weather takes a turn you’ve got a cosy retreat to reside in at the end of a long day.
Create a peaceful atmosphere in your living room with some soft lighting. Swapping bright lights for soft-tone bulbs is a quick and easy way to bring a sense of calm and ensure you have a space you can truly relax in. Candles are a great way to add ambience and some soothing Winter scent to your home; cinnamon, satsumas and nutmeg all evoke that festive feeling. Place candles along your window sill to make your home look equally inviting from the outside.
Empty spaces can feel cold so be sure to fill bare walls with mirrors and artwork and use soft furnishings to bring warmth and texture. As the nights are drawing in, avoid anything too formal in your interior, a big pile of books by your armchair and a sprinkling of scatters over the floor will only add character to your winter escape. We particularly like the warm tones of Haze Sunrise and Haze Dusk G Plan scatter cushions.
Introduce fabrics such as cashmere, mohair and wool with a plain or patterned throw – keep it folded on the back of your sofa for instant Winter style and use as a blanket to snuggle under when you settle down with your favourite box set or book. Another way to add warmth and depth to your room is with a deep-pile, shaggy rug. They’re great for covering gaps in wooden floors to stop unwanted drafts, and also for sinking your toes into the deep woollen threads.
If there was ever a time to invest in a real fire for a little extra winter warmth – now’s that time. Make sure your chimney has been swept and logs are dry and seasoned, so you can really hibernate this Winter. A simple re-arrangement of your furniture will also do the trick, position sofas and chairs around the fire to keep things cosy and create a space you’ll look forward to coming home to.
Finally, make sure your fridge and freezer are fully stocked with delicious comfort food. We especially like hearty soups and stews; the kind of food you can warm up in a bowl or mug and set on your lap. The only thing left to do… just snuggle down on your G Plan, put your feet up in front of a roaring fire with your toes inside a pair of soft sheepskin slippers. And relax…