When the weather cools down, it’s our instinct to go into hibernation as we bunker down and spend more time than usual curled up on the couch.
Melissa Bonney, director at multi-disciplinary design studio The Designory, offers some simple ways to turn your living room into a cosy sanctuary during the cooler months.
Lay it out
“Cosy never means cramped, so make sure you edit your living space like you would your outfit,” Melissa says. “Think about the flow of movement through the room and make sure you create an ease of connection within areas. There should be plenty of space for people to sit, relax, talk and unwind. Living spaces which allow for your family and friends to truly engage with each other are always the most inviting homes.”
Layering up for cooler weather isn’t exclusive to clothing. Melissa recommends layering your space with textural elements to achieve that inviting atmosphere in your living area. For the walls, opt for woven artworks, textured wallpaper or even paint them a warmer shade. When it comes to décor items, soft rugs or carpets underfoot, throws and cushions for seating all help to make a room “feel homely, complete and comfortable”.
Get the glow
No living room is complete without a source of heat. “Never underestimate the power of a beautiful fireplace to create the perfect living environment,” Melissa says. “A fireplace becomes a gathering space in the home, a place where great conversations are shared and we can relax and reconnect. Try integrating fireplaces into the wall or within joinery designs for a more refined and seamless feel.” Adding functional and decorative lighting is another fantastic way to warm up your space.
Clever use of natural materials such as timber and leather can also add instant warmth to a room. Whether it’s a beautiful timber coffee table or comfortable leather couch, natural elements create an appealing space. “Human beings have an innate connection with natural materials,” says Melissa. “It helps us to feel more grounded and connected to our environment.”