Interiors: Five hacks to create a cosy home
“The key theme is comfort, convenience and contentment. . .” As we head into autumn proper, Georgina Robertson, founder of Cambridge’s COCO Interior Design, shares five interior design tips to create a cosy home
It’s no secret that we haven’t quite had the scorching summer we were all hoping for this year in the UK, but as we start to see the colours change on the trees and the temperature fall (even further), we look forward to those cosy nights by the fire.
Our homes are becoming more permanent and with that, we are adding more personality to our spaces. Gone are the days where everything is painted a different shade of grey “just to help the resale” of our house. Houses have become homes, well-lived in and loved, where memories have been made – because we had no other option.
The key interior theme we are seeing as we head into autumn is one of comfort, convenience and contentment. A hangover from how we started the year perhaps. These trends reflect lasting changes to our homes to accommodate our “new normal” as we snuggle down for autumn/winter 2021.
Bespoke furnishings and vintage décor
With the idea that we are adding more personality to our homes and creating a reflection of ourselves through interiors, bespoke furnishings and vintage décor have seen a huge uplift in 2021. Bespoke furnishings are designed by you, for you and are a great way to add your own stamp on your home. Vintage décor adds depth and a feeling of storytelling to your home. Vintage items often feel rich with history and can create that sought-after “lived in” feel.
Earthy, warm neutrals
Muted terracotta – say no more. This colour and scheme of tones and hues personifies “curl up in front of the fire” and has gained momentum through 2021 as a key colour trend for the home. It mixes beautifully with greys and stone/neutral colours, but at the same time adds depth and warmth to an existing colour palette. Incorporate burnt orange, olive green or golds to truly create an autumnal palette only dreams are made of.
Cosy fabrics and natural textures
Ultra-soft fabrics and textures – how could you not love this trend for autumn? We’re seeing a move towards a more relaxed feel in the home, sophisticated but warm and cosy. Textures like boucle, Sherpa, rattan, and wool are a simple addition to make to your existing interiors for a quick, cosy change. Combining large weave blankets and a Sherpa pouf for example, can instantly transform a room from a summer solstice into an autumn abode.
Green is a magical colour – perfect for bringing the outdoors in. And if you are using green, make sure to use an earthy, forest or olive green that reflects nature. These hues of green will give you a mid-century modern feel whilst still staying in touch with the great outdoors. Layers of different tones and textures of green can be the perfect palette all year around. Add in some beautiful terracotta hues or a peachy alternative to really bring this colour scheme to life.
Your bedroom should always be synonymous with the terms “cosy” and “snug”, but the bar is raised this year on the cosy Richter scale for autumn. Layer in lots of throws, extra cushions, rattan, linen, and accessories to make the room feel warm and inviting for those early, dark nights. This theme can go light or dark depending on your existing colour scheme. If you want to pack an extra punch, add layers of curtains or blinds and panelling or tongue and groove to the walls.
Meet the Designer
Georgina Robertson is an experienced designer and founder of COCO Interior Design. Her grandma was a seamstress and, inspired by fabrics, colour and the concept of design creation from a young age, Georgina worked extensively with furnishing fabrics growing up, learning bespoke curtain making and design. With an extensive career in marketing, Georgina decided to pursue her passion and talent for interior design into creating sophisticated, luxury interiors - and so COCO Interior Design was born. See cocointeriordesign.co.uk for more.
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