06 May 2013
It’s important to be happy in your home and with winter on its way, you will be spending a lot more time indoors.
Anton Odendaal from Rochester says cocooning is a natural human response to being cold so your home needs to be warm and cosy, with the right furniture and décor, to be as inviting as possible.
Make like a butterfly
Cocooning can be described as insulating oneself from the external environment and can clearly be seen in animals. Odendaal says humans need to rearrange their homes, change their décor and perhaps even their furniture in order to adapt to the changing temperature.
A comfortable couch in winter is non-negotiable. “When it comes to upholstery, it really depends on what your personal taste is.”
Odendaal says current winter trends all point to texture that can be mixed and matched.
Leather can be matched with many fabrics for added textural interest. “Warm jewel tones, such as burnt oranges, amber, scarlet, emerald and garnet for example, can trick your mind and body into feeling warmer," he says.
A trick for adding a cosy atmosphere is to include warm and inviting colours rather than cooler hues, such as blues, greens and whites.
This applies not only to soft décor, but also to wall colour. The colour of a room is so important and Odendaal suggests that homeowners think about having their lounge or bedroom repainted in a warm colour for winter.
Another benefit of choosing seating in leather is that, by keeping the larger pieces of furniture neutral, you can change the tonality of a room by updating soft accessories and wall colour.
Sit back and relax
Nobody wants to come home at the end of the day and flop down into a hard chair or couch. Nowadays, the contemporary way of thinking about furniture is that it’s all about comfort without compromising on style.
Odendaal says this is especially so in winter, when it’s important to come home to a welcoming environment after braving the chill outside.
As the quest for comfort is on the rise, so is the popularity of motion furniture increasing. Furniture like La-Z-Boy chairs are great as you can customise the position of chair the way you like for your needs.
Odendaal says the bedroom also takes high priority in winter. Homeowners should make sure the bed and mattress are the most comfortable you can afford, as you will be spending more time there.
Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise
Rugs, throws and scatter cushions can go a long way in adding comfort, colour and texture to your home – and without blowing your budget either. Other little tricks include playing with lighting: stark lighting makes a room seem colder, while dimmer lighting, such as that provided by table lamps for example, seems more inviting and cosier.
“Fluffy rugs are a great method of making your house warmer in the winter months," he says and suggests that homeowners keep them during summer, as they are soft and comfortable underfoot.
Throws can be brought out as needed so make sure to have lots of extra throws on hand in order to keep houseguests warm when they are visiting.
Odendaal adds that there is much one can do to combat a cold house in winter without spending more on heating.
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