When those cold winter mornings and chilly nights strike your home is the place where you would like to feel warm and snugly. We take a look at a few easy ways you can create a comfortable home this winter…
A couple of candles on your dining table, bookshelf, or coffee table will create a calming atmosphere, while giving your room that soft glow at night time. There’s nothing like enjoying a cup of hot chocolate in front of a crackling fire, and candles are exactly what you need to create a more relaxed atmosphere. We love this Pillar Candle Scented from Clicks, R69,99, which will not only bring some cosy lighting into your space, but also leave a lovely, therapeutic scent.
Adding table lamps is another great way to enhance that atmospheric glow in your home. We found this modern Telescope, R799,20, The Lighting Warehouse quite enticing. You won’t be able to ignore the telescopic feel to this trendy table lamp – it will definitely breathe new life into a bland scheme.
If you have dark furniture, bring in some colour by adding accessories in monochromatic shades. This will prevent the room from feeling cluttered. The aim is to not have too much contrast where colours overpower each other, but to use colours that complement each other. A pop of bright colour is fresh and gives your space a modern look and feel. If you have light or nude-coloured furniture, add different textures and colours to create a sense of comfort. You don’t have to go for dark accessories but a few statement pieces won’t hurt.
Opt for statement pieces like this Buddy Vase in blue, R185, Iwoot. It will bring instant elegance to your home. Why not add plants or flowers to bring in nature…
Yellows, oranges, browns, and nude colours evoke a sense of calm and serenity. We like this Glass Cylinder Vase, R399,99, Mr Price Home. Adding fairy lights is another way to create a soft glow in a room.
One of the biggest winter trends has to be layering. Bring in rich colours and textures using scatter cushions and throws on a sofa or on chairs. Don’t forget luxurious rugs. The distinct purpose for layering is to add comfort and give that cosy feeling. Layering also applies in furniture – rather than adding ceramic with ceramic, or wood on wood, try different textures.
This stylish grey Alaska scatter cushion, R450, Woolworths, is the perfect accessory for any modern winter home.
Who wouldn’t want to come home to a cup of good coffee on a snugly couch with this Herringbone blanket/throw, R699, The Cotton Company? The perfect way to unwind after a long day.
Essential oils will give your home a soothing and therapeutic scent. We love this Soil Organic Lavender Essential Oil, R96,95 for 10ml.
Create a reading corner
Cuddling up in your Herringbone blanket with a good book is always a pleasure in winter. Why not create a reading corner for yourself? Find a cosy spot close to the fireplace (or any corner that is suitable for you), then add a luxurious rug, armchair and a side table. Personalise the space with frames of beautiful quotes that inspire you, or quotes from your favourite books. Stack your favourite books, reading glasses, laptop and anything else you might need in your reading nook. Don’t forget to give it a soft glow with a table lamp, essential oils, pillows and throws.
We love this vintage Turkish Kilim carpet in dusty shades of pink and blue, R1 500, Mandara. The perfect way to make your reading corner cosy and inviting.
By Intern Naidy Tembane