No home should look exactly like a magazine. They are styled for photo shoots and most of the time not at all cozy and inviting for your friends to grab a glass of wine or kick off their shoes.  Today, I will show you a few ways to cosy up your home with just a little bit of effort and with the furniture and décor items you already possess.

TIP 1 – PUT FOCUS ON ARCHITECTURAL DETAIL

If you are lucky enough to be living in a home with character such as French windows, high ceilings or beautiful architraves, your job is half way done!  These details add instant charm to any home, as long as you don’t make the mistake of covering it up with heavy curtains or blinds.  It’s best to use sheer curtains or go without entirely, unless you have a peeping Tom problem in the neighbourhood.

TIP 2 – PLAY AROUND WITH PATTERNS AND TEXTURES

A cold, hard tile floor can look very uncomfortable and uninviting.  Soften it by adding a textured rug to the area, or to define your seating area in the lounge.  Go for natural textures to create cosiness and use bold graphic printed cushions to grab attention and add informality. A home without a variety of textures to explore can be very one dimensional. Mix up different materials, smooth, rough or fluffy and put them in the same room, or even on the wall!

TIP 3 – CREATE VIEWS OF COSY CORNERS

Create a few areas in your home that feel tucked away, as if it’s meant for lounging around in all day.  Add piles of cushions, a little round table for a teacup placement and leave a couple of books on the floor for instant gratification.  We’ve had plenty of rain in Sydney, so I can’t think of a better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon than lazing on soft cushions, reading a novel and listening to the rain gently falling against the window.

TIP 4 – IMPERFECTION IS PERFECTION

Place your art in such a way to not line up perfectly, place a book slightly off centre and leave a throw rug on a sofa to create an air of casualness and warmth.  Throw in a pair of mismatched chairs and your guests might stay all night!

TIP 5 – HAVE ENOUGH STUFF IN THE ROOM

Put enough stuff in the room to make it comfortable.  Place a coffee table close enough to your seating to place a cup (or wine glass) on, use side tables, table lamps for soft lighting and plants to make it look homely without looking cluttered.  You need to have a story in a room and elements to carry your eyes throughout your space.

TIP 6 – LAYERS ARE GOOD

Layers will make a whole room feel textured and unique – lean art frames on top of each other, bring a plant into the mix, place a basket in front of a lounge chair or layer loose rugs on top of each other – these will all create unexpected richness and a quiet sophistication in your home. I also love lighting a candle for a soft glow when guests come over – it removes years off your face and hides dust!  How do you like to cosy up a room?

Cheerio ’til next time!

Lyndie

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