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Here at AUTHOR, there’s nothing we like more than settling down in our luxury living room on a winter’s evening, warming our bodies with soothing chamomile tea whilst indulging in a slice of something and listening to the gentle crackle of logs on the fire. It’s precious, quiet moments like these that justify the need for a restful sanctuary away from the dark evenings, unpredictable weather conditions and the hustle and bustle of life itself.
As with anything worthwhile, creating the perfect refuge is no easy feat and does take time to create. But do remember, a cosy ambience is not just for the colder months of the year and if you’re clever, you can easily update your home for all seasons without taking away that feeling of geniality. After all, there should always be time to put your feet up with that book and an Earl Grey;
time for mindful slowing and if at all possible, actual mindful stopping.
If you’re looking to bring a sense of comfort, warmth and relaxation to your own home, take note of our 7 interior design tips for creating a cosy living room and implement them into your own home. We can assure you they will make all the difference, and may even make that resolution promised me-time, screen-free time or stillness practice achievable!
While we’re not suggesting that you seasonally update your paintwork, bold colours work particularly well to create a cosy ambience all year round. Rich shades of red and deep blues evoke a sense of familiarity, while rust, burnt orange and mustard yellow directly relate to autumn and its burst of vibrant colour; capturing our attention and helping to ignite our imagination.
You can attain this warmth not only through paint, but also through the decor you choose. It’s easy to create an organic finish of reds and browns with timber floors and wooden furnishings. AUTHOR’s Mary velvet chair encapsulates the slightly bold palette with its complementary red and blue tones, making a delightful addition to a more pared-back or darker wall colour. Meanwhile, the Sunburst rug is a statement addition to any luxury living room and is a joyful celebration of all things golden; the perfect addition to give you a warm fuzzy feeling every time you see it while also staying warm.
2. Layer your lighting
Lighting is one of the most overlooked areas when it comes to creating an interior design scheme, yet it is certainly one of the easiest ways to create a cosy ambience in a living room. Lighting creates a mood, enhances texture and highlights statement features. With fewer daylight hours in autumn and winter, knowing how and taking the time to layer lighting can help to take your space from frugal to favourable.
Choose dimmable background lighting such as a statement ceiling light or wall lights, and add in floor lamps and task lighting for more focused tasks such as reading. Don’t forget to be creative with your choices too – our current go-to for task lighting is this glass pear lamp which adds a stunning focal point to a sophisticated space and hits the right colour notes with its amber glass and highly decayed gold finish.
3. Make a statement with an occasional chair
It’s quite likely that you already have a favourite spot to get snug in, but if you don’t, invest in an occasional chair for those evenings getting lost in a novel with a dram of whisky. Set up your luxury reading nook next to a window for people or weather watching too. The Wilf chair uses the softest red deer hide and a cool grey linen for contrast. It’s wide, low slung proportions suit those that like to sit cross-legged and really make the most of their seating situation. To complete the cosy corner, add in an oak occasional table for your book and drink to nest close. We’ve found ourselves daydreaming just thinking about it.
4. Opt for luxurious textiles
Texture plays a huge role in bringing a cosier nature to a room. Cushions, rugs, curtains and blankets all play their part in helping to bring about the perfect ambience. Don’t forget, these can also help to keep in heat and pesky draughts out. Opt for luxe materials such as velvet, wool and satin. These are heavier and will help to bring a sense of opulence. The intense hues of the Henry orange velvet cushion go hand in hand with the luxurious brown leather piping, leading us onto our next point that contrasting textures are important too. Mix and match the cushions on your sofa for a more lived in approach. The Cosmos wool cushion incorporates multiple textures including sequins and detail stitching to give it a unique flair.
5. Invest in candles
Cast a soft glow across your living room by investing in candles to create a cosy atmosphere. Our handmade square candles are delicately carved and evoke topographical notions, reminding us of serene views of the sweeping valleys and luscious hills of the British landscape. You can further enhance the effect by positioning them on a reflective tray.
Scent matters too and will help you to feel at home. Nothing quite beats your signature smell wafting around in the evening. If you’re looking for the perfect fragrance, our reusable candles from ceramist Myer Halliday and candle makers Wildheart Organics will soothe your soul and can be cleaned and used as a vessel for coffee, trinkets, snacks or even a small posy after. Choose from a calming blend of Lavender, Neroli and Sandalwood or a restorative blend of Jasmine, Chamomile and Rosewood.
6. If in doubt, add a throw
Throws are an effortless way to add colour, texture and warmth to an interior setting with little to no fuss. Choose sumptuous materials that will last for an age and soften materials such as leather. Our luxury mohair throw will allow you to wrap yourself up in the warming pile and settle down with your favourite old movie. We like to think of it as your own personal draught excluder. If you’re looking to add a pop of colour, try this terracotta orange throw instead. Made from alpaca wool, this throw is so naturally dense that it can provide warmth without bulk, and as such it drapes wonderfully well over the sofa to create the ultimate cosy living room.
7. Blend in your personality with accessories
Getting cosy is personal. What makes you feel at home? Choosing the right accessories is the final touch to optimising your interior design scheme, right from serving troughs to ceramics. Natural materials will give an enthusiastic nod to nature, and therefore comfort, while handmade items will create a narrative for you to talk about. Ultimately, how you feel most at home will dictate how you finish the look. If you’re looking for inspiration, head straight to our range of considered interior accessories and get in touch should you need some help with pulling the scheme together. We’re constantly commissioning and adding new artists, designers and makers from around the British Isles to our roster of products.
The AUTHOR team is here to advise on any aspects of design and furnishing. If you would like any further advice or interior design tips on how to make the most of your interior space, please do get in touch.
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