We’re going to make your home so cosy snug, you’ll want to hibernate all winter long. This is our guide to transforming your living space into the ultimate winter retreat. As the temperatures drop and the days grow shorter, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of coming home to a warm and inviting space. So grab a cup of tea, snuggle up under a blanket, and let’s make this cold season your cosiest one yet.

Textile Tactics

Let’s kick things off with the easiest and most obvious way to instantly add warmth and comfort to your home during winter: textiles. The touch of a plush rug underfoot, the embrace of a soft cushion, or the cosiness of a warm throw draped over your favourite chair—all of these contribute to creating a snug atmosphere. The variety is vast: from fluffy faux fur to knitted wool, there’s a textile to suit every taste and style. Our top piece of advice we’ll share is to layer your textiles strategically. Mix and match different textures and sizes to create depth and visual interest while maximising warmth. So if you’re looking around and wondering how to make your space feel more inviting this winter, start with textiles—they’re the foundation of a warm and cosy escape.

The Cosiness Of Candles

A flickering candle is exactly what you need to infuse your home with warmth and ambiance during the winter season. Our go-to is a beautifully scented option as it plays on multiple senses, however, there’s a plethora of choices out there—from elegant pillar candles to delicate tea lights. You’ll want to scatter candles strategically throughout your space, placing them on mantels, side tables, and even in unexpected nooks to create pockets of inviting light. Just make sure to always place candles on stable surfaces away from flammable materials, and never leave them unattended for your peace of mind.

Lighting Like A Pro

Following on from candles, lighting plays a crucial role in setting the mood for a warm and inviting space during winter. These days, you have plenty of lighting options to choose from, ranging from portable lanterns to floor lamps and table lamps. Portable lamps can go anywhere, though when it comes to floor lamps and down lighting, researching the best placement is key. The reason for this is to ensure that these elements are positioned strategically to avoid glare, create distinct zones, and generate a harmonious flow throughout the room. Lighting is the forgotten, but one of the most important layers when it comes to creating ambiance in your home. Whether it’s dimming overhead lights for movie nights or placing a soft lamp in a cosy reading nook, the right lighting can transform any room, making you feel super snug.

A Little Extra Something

But wait, there’s more to creating a cosy sanctuary than just textiles, candles, and lighting. We always recommend decluttering where possible, as a tidy space not only looks better but also feels more spacious and inviting. You can also look to nature for inspiration by incorporating wood accents, indoor plants, and natural materials into your decor. And one of the most important tips we’ll provide is to infuse your home with personal touches—whether it’s displaying cherished photos, showcasing artwork that resonates with you, or incorporating souvenirs from your travels—these items can truly make your space feel like home.

Photo of a cosy interior featuring tones of cream,mid grey, beige, and walnut. The space is filled with sculptural armchairs, shaded lamps, and tactile rugs.

Got you craving the cosy? We hope you’re feeling inspired to transform your home into the ultimate winter retreat. By incorporating cosy textiles, flickering candles, ambient lighting, and plenty of your own personal touches, you can create a space that fills you with warmth and comfort all season long. If you’re looking for even more ideas and inspiration, take a look through our “Cosy Edit” for curated cosiness. Let’s make this winter your cosiest one yet—happy nesting!