In the depths of winter, there’s nothing better than retreating to your own cosy corner. Here’s how to create the most inviting interiors, so that you’ll never want to step foot outside again.
Your bedroom should be the ultimate personal retreat – a place where you look forward to heading to, last thing at night. To make it as cosy as possible, invest in a luxurious bed and pile it with layers of beautiful textiles, like the sophisticated range from Secret Linen Store. Next, surround yourself with muted tones and go for ambient lighting. It’s all about creating a feeling of sumptuousness and peacefulness.
“For 2019, the maximalist interiors trend won’t be stopping,” says Adam Black, co-founder of Button & Sprung, renowned for its handmade beds. “And it is best played out in the bedroom. Create a luxurious opulence by opting for layered linens and bed throws, statement side tables or lamps.”
Offering a range of bed styles – from wooden sleigh beds to four posters – And So To Bed is a good port of call for classic and modern designs. “Your bed is your place of comfort and serenity, which is why we are experts in luxury handmade beds – each one handcrafted for supreme comfort,” says the brand. “We recognise each person has different sleeping needs which is why we offer customisable options on each bed for true individuality.”
Whether you opt for a lush velvet surround in a bold colourway or a classic metal bedstead, the comfort factor comes with how you dress the bed. Perfect for days spent under the duvet, Clarissa Hulse’s new Blowing Grasses collection of bed linen, in shades of indigo, feels fresh and modern and is inspired by the English and Greek countryside. While Undercover’s new Ponto range is bang on-trend with its terrazzo designs.
Creating a cosseting feel with its rich and moody tones, ILIV’s new range of bed linens is perfect for creating a statement look. Design manager, Debbie Leigh, says: “Inky blues are slowly becoming the new grey and these darker tones are perfect for creating a calm and soothing ambience, especially in a bedroom.”
Cosy up your bedroom
Karl Lindhe, brand director at Urban Collective, gives his top tips
- Honest materials – always go for good quality, it will last you a long time and age with dignity.
- Harmonised colors – you can mix and match all of the Urban Collective bed linen, with classic grey and bamboo working well with contemporary lilac, petrol blue and lichen green.
- Simplicity and function – let everything have a purpose and a function. Don’t clutter your bedroom with unnecessary things.
When it comes to your living space, there’s nothing like having a roaring fire to create that cosy feel. Arada Stoves’ compact designs work well in smaller spaces, while Morsø’s ultra-modern burners add a talking point to the room.
“There’s nothing quite like the contentment and comfort that a real fire brings to a home,” says Declan Kingsley-Walsh, managing director at Morsø UK. “A wood-burning stove will ensure that your room is heated up quickly, as well as creating a truly calming ambience.”
To continue this warm feel, opt for carpet underfoot, which, says Brintons offers the ultimate inviting scheme. “When we think of cosy living spaces, we think of soft textures and warm, homely colours,” says Natalie Littlehales, consumer marketing manager at Brintons. “The texture of wool underfoot is the perfect base upon which to shape a comfortable and inviting interior scheme.”
When it comes to furniture, you can’t beat a rich jewel tone for a touch of glamourous relaxation. Andrew Cussins, founder of Sofas & Stuff, agrees: “From rich peacock blues and emerald greens to earthy mustards and ruby reds, it is an easy way to add a real style statement to your home and will see you through all seasons.”
Vanessa Hurley-Perera, chief product officer at Sofa.com, meanwhile, suggests that blue tones will be the most appealing colourway for 2019. “We’re predicting tones of blue will be the focus for pattern and colour. Interesting floral arrangements, which play with mixtures of blue hues with bright pops of colour will add something really quite special to any room.”
A statement chair is the perfect way to add an element of drama into a room – as well as offering the ultimate go-to on a winter’s day. Artisanna London’s 1920s-style velvet chairs give a chic feel, while My Furniture’s classic armchair and footstool combinations are a modern update on an age-old design, and are available in a contemporary choice of colours. Add in soft herringbone throws from Weaver Green for quiet evenings in.
Textiles with a conscience
Kate Anderson of Ecosophy on creating a mindful home
- Cosiness is all about warmth, tactility and materials that stimulate the senses.
- Soft colours, textural fabrics and scented candles are all great, but my top tip is to invest in some jersey bedding. T
- The fabric is knitted rather than woven, which means it wraps closely around the body, keeping out any chills.
Finally, Lorna McAleer, interiors expert at window blinds brand, Style Studio, reveals that thelatest lifestyle concept to permeate the world of interior design is all about ‘slow living’. It is a trend which will see homeowners curating spaces where they can relax and enjoy living in the moment.
“Comfort is a key factor within this trend – allowing homeowners to enjoy being lazy without feeling guilty about it,” she says. “Clutter-free rooms, reading nooks and cosy, tech-free spaces offer an escape for homeowners to find sanctuary within the home. Calming colourways, including warm neutrals, blues for serenity and concentration and easy-to-live-with pastels feature heavily. It’s all about creating an escape within your home.”
MY TOP TEN INTERIORS BUYS THIS MONTH
Florence Chair, from £1,450, artisannalondon.com
Indigo Shibori Cushion, £75, ecosophy.co.uk
Vintage Amber Pear Edison Bulb, £15, industville.co.uk
Calm Apothecary Candle, £7.50, marksandspencer.com
Herringbone Throw, £16, Sainsburys.co.uk
Mustard Quilted Bed Spread, £50, Sainsburys.co.uk
Nappa Table Lamp, £130, oliverbonas.co.uk
Quatro Sheepskin Rug, £240, oliverbonas.co.uk
LRNCE Visage Cushion, £88, anewtribe.co.uk
Dakota Vintage Persian Qashqai Kilim, £750, lillarugs.com
*This article is also published in the February issue of The Cambridge Edition Magazine