Autumn has got off to a good start, with some gorgeous sunshine and crisp mornings to start the day. But it won’t be long before that nip in the air becomes a chill, so it’s definitely time to start thinking about cosying up our homes.
So it was quite timely for The Natural Curtain Company to get in touch with a challenge for me to design a living room perfect for Snug Season as well as create a Pinterest board full of inspirational ideas for a cosy space. I had a good browse of their website and discovered so many gorgeous fabrics, colours and tones. With their made to measure service, you can choose from a variety of options including their highly recommended thermal, blackout or lined curtains to protect against the more chilly weather yet to come.
Having quite a large through living room, due to the addition of an open plan conservatory, I really feel that our space is lacking that important snug feeling this season; there is a lot of glass, plain walls and no curtains or carpet, only floorboards and a small rug (gosh, it sounds terrible!) It would really benefit from some layering of textures and colours in the form of rugs, throws, curtains or blinds and extra scatter cushions. I’d quite like a subtle colour palette with occasional pops of something like burnt orange for a vibrant contrast.
I chose some fabric samples from The Natural Curtain Company to give me some inspiration. It was good to be able to order large samples – I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find that little swatches just don’t give you a good enough impression of a fabric or wallpaper design. With the bigger samples, I was able to lay them out and really see how the patterns and hues interplayed. The samples I opted for from left to right are Lead, a soft brushed cotton blend, Soot which is a lovely textured, woven neutral that incorporates linen, Jodi – a beautiful mink grey/ slightly heather-ish velvet, Portofino – a sheer, fine linen in soft pink, Almalfi – a gentle sea green cotton/linen and Ikat Grey which has a nice, subtle Ikat pattern, not as bold as a lot of the Ikat fabrics that are around. These gentle, complimentary colours look good layered together and I could easily see any combination of the fabrics working well in a living room.
They have certainly given me some new ideas for my living room that I have captured in a Pinterest mood board, which you can find below:
I think I have decided that our small rug will be replaced with a much larger one and we are going to wallpaper one of our walls to break up the space. As well as addressing the rather gloomy lighting with the addition of a couple of warm lamps, eventually I would also love to introduce a multi-fuel stove instead of our old open fireplace. Oh, and update our dark leather sofa for a fabric one in a more contemporary style! At the conservatory end of the room the glass roof and windows would really benefit from some blinds or curtains for a softer look – and if they were thermal lined they would really help to trap in the heat which is so easily lost in a sun room.
Do you have any plans to make your living room more cosy this #SnugSeason? I’d love to hear your tips and ideas for adding cosiness this autumn.