5 tips for a cosy home
Have you ever walked into a space and immediately felt comfortable, like the place was wrapping you in a hug? Well, that’s what we call warmth. Check out these 5 tips for a perfect cosy, warm home.
When one talks about tastefully done interiors, it’s not about how much fortune was spent on furnishings or how big the artefact is, rather, it’s all about a well-thought-through concept that makes a certain space worthy of its purpose.
A well-designed home should showcase an interesting balance between aesthetics and functionality and achieve this; a seamless play of design elements is all that it needs.
Swapnil Sharma, senior interior designer at Studio Archohm gave these tips to help you get a cosy, warm home. So, what exactly are these elements that help in creating a home which exhales a feeling of ease and comfort? Let’s have a quick look.
5 tips for a cosy home:
1. DEFINING SPACES
Spatial planning is the most essential part of designing. It is all about understanding space and categorising it as per its functions. Zoning sets the ground rules that help in associating certain activities and moods with their spaces, entrance foyers should be inviting, formal areas should be focal and entertaining, and personal spaces should be all about being user-specific and comfortable.
This identification of spaces acts as the first step in achieving the transition of a house into a home.
2. PERSONALISED CORNERS
Cosines in homes can also be created by creating intimate seating spaces. They are not only conversation starters, but also practical choices. Especially with huge living rooms that are well suited to entertaining large groups, it can be easy to overlook the need for small seating arrangements.
These little nooks usually become the favourite hangout spots, adding value to every inch. Even an oversised sofa lining a space can act as the perfect tool to create an area that shouts out casual comfort.
3. WARMTH WITH GOOD LIGHTING
The play of light in interior spaces is way more important than most perceive it to be. It beautifully enhances the aesthetics, functionality, and efficiency of a space. Light coming from multiple sources creates mood and contrast and adds to the design language.
The proper combination of decorative and architectural lighting together produces the best results. As lighting is extremely space-oriented, understanding its use is important. For eg, for a soft late-afternoon cosiness, you may just turn on the decorative lighting to watch TV, read your book under a pretty lamp, exchange dialogues, or simply enjoy an aperitif.
The ambience of any space can be transformed with well-planned lighting throughout the day. It is the main player who has the power to add visual warmth and make everything and everyone look better.
4. CHOOSING THE RIGHT MATERIALS AND TEXTURES
Material palette plays a very crucial role in defining spaces. A material like wood not only acts as a decorative or functional feature but also provides balance by adding texture and warmth. Given its organic nature, using it on floors, walls and even in patterned ceilings helps bring the natural cosiness to a space with ease.
Soft furnishings, on the other hand, are the obvious choice for adding character. With a varied palette of textures having their distinct characteristics like the sheen of warm leather, the raw luxury of swede on sofas along with the softness of rugs, the wide range of soft furnishings helps in creating welcoming and alluring spaces.
5. ELEVATING WITH ELEMENTS
Fireplaces are a classic. Designing a space around it immediately ensures effortless comfort and luxury. Even if a built-in fireplace is not possible, adding a portable one to any room in the house instantly takes the comfort quotient a notch above.
Like fireplaces, artworks are also the other obvious answer. To add the perfect amount of warmth, an artwork of any type, may it be a painting; a wall hanging, a sculpture, a handwoven rug, or anything that the user connects with, helps in creating the feeling of assured ease.
Water features are one of the oldest chosen elements to add serenity to spaces. The steady burble of running water is still a popular choice that leads to providing contentment to the body and soul.
So, to sum up, a cosy home is a space, laced with warmth and effortless functionality that evokes comfort and satisfaction, achieved using meticulously done interiors.