Home is a place that people want to unwind and relax. Making a house feel warm and welcoming but also beautiful and functional is what many people are aspiring to when they are decorating. I always want friends and family to have that feeling of wanting to stay for a while, throwing themselves down and not worrying about things being out of place.
I always remember visiting one of my aunt and uncles houses when I was younger and it struck me even then that something about their home made me feel warm and cosy, and I could never put my finger on why. Their homes just had this “je ne sais quoi” that just said come in, sit down, relax and enjoy being in this space. When I think back now, I realise that it was because they had applied all of the elements that good interior stylists would follow when doing their job. I think some people have that ability naturally in them where others may need a little bit of guidance. We all have different strengths. I know when it comes to flat pack, that is not one of mine! But I also have come to appreciate is that I do have a good eye when it comes to home styling.
Bringing that sense of warmth and cosiness doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. You most likely already have many of the things you need already in your house. It’s all about where you place the objects and how you drape that throw, or arrange those shelves. Before you head out to buy lots of new pieces for styling, shop your own home first. Do you remember when you used to change your bedroom around when you were younger (or was that just me?), well use that same thought process. What if I just moved this table over here, or changed the cushions on that bed for another set. Do you see where I am going with this?
Ok so if a warm, welcoming home is what you are wishing for, then here are a few tips to get you started.
Nothing says cosy like a display of soft, feathery cushions on a couch. More is more. (husbands look away now!) Place them on beds, couches and armchairs.
What is warmer and inviting than a beautiful, stylish throw. Think movie night and lounging on the couch with one of these draped over you. It’s the modern-day duvet! Add more than one to layer it up. There are no rules in how to style them. Lay them over the top of the couch or hanging from the arm of it. Drape them across the end of the bed.
Candles are a staple in most Irish homes, especially coming into the Autumn, winter periods. It is something we all embrace as soon as the summer leaves us. That flickering light in place of centre lights and spots bring extra warmth into any room during those cold spells. There are so many out there now that we have a huge selection of beautiful, sensory smells to choose from.
Layering and adding textures is a technique that most interior designers use to create a homey inviting space for the clients. Think, rugs, artwork, trays styled with flowers, candles and coffee table book. Cushions and throws across the couch. An interesting lamp with a patterned base or shade. A well styled book shelf with a mix of books and objects. You get the picture.
5. Faux or Real Plants
Flowers have a huge effect if they are placed across various corners of the home (small tables, chest of drawers, kitchen island). They are not just for celebrations. Adding faux or real plants adds life to an area and creates interest and colour. I am a big fan of both but obviously faux flowers suit me more all year around. I have small kids and the heat in our home does not always agree with live flowers so in the essence of staying sane and not spending my days changing water and trimming stems, I opt for faux much of the time. A touch of greenery in any room will give a sense that you were present in your home too.
I hope this post has given you some ideas on how to get started. It doesn't have to cost the earth. Just take one element at a time and watch your rooms transform!