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Cosy spaces for winter months

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Author: Gill Greenwell, Posted: Wednesday, 25th January 2023, 09:00

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February is my husband’s least favourite month; we usually spend it in warmer climes visiting his family in Australia. But I really like the feeling of cosiness and hunkering down when it’s cold and chilly outside. Maybe it’s something to do with my northern roots.

Apparently, sitting rooms are over and snug rooms are in – you heard it here first! So here are some of my ideas for making your space winter-cosy, with a nod to Scandi hygge.

A room to curl up in
Key ingredients for a cosy snug room are comfortable seating, a roaring fire and a bookcase. Decorate with deep warm colours; rich reds and terracotta tones work well in intimate spaces, and I have seen some great schemes on Instagram using Edward Bulmer’s Invisible Green @edwardbulmerpaint.

Add some interesting texture with wall panelling – DIY kits are easy to source on the internet. Check out lick.com for more ideas and guidance.

Gather around the fire
The right ‘conversational style’ seating is important for creating an informal and welcoming space. It may seem counterintuitive, but bigger pieces work better in smaller spaces. A large squishy armchair, a small sofa or corner style seating for snuggling up as a family to watch TV. Pile on the cushions in textured fabrics like velvet, and add lots of soft warm throws. A vintage charity shop find Persian-style rug would give an extra cosy feel.

Surround yourself with books
Overflowing bookshelves are essential for a snug room – books really add personality and character to a space. I love reading and have long dreamed of creating a library room in my home, the walls lined with bookcases made from painted MDF. For a cost-effective option, reclaimed bookcases would give the same feel. Friends of mine have used an IKEA hack, creating built-in storage with the iconic Billy bookcases. These look really effective.

Create a book nook
If you don’t have room for a snug room, why not carve out a reading nook? Find an under-used corner in your home and create a sanctuary by a window, in a hallway or in a bedroom. All you need is a comfortable chair or window seat, a bookcase (or a side table with a pile of books), and a lamp to read by. Add some cushions and you have your perfect solo space in which to wind down.

A touch of Nordic hygge
If you want a natural, more rustic feel, no one does cosy winter snug rooms like the Skandis. Create a scheme with harmonious colours, natural wood, soft rugs and cosy fleeces.

Whatever your style and however big or small your room, you too can create a stylish and cosy space. All you need to do now is relax and settle down with a warming cuppa and a good book.

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