TimHarris: Five Ways to Create a Cosy Winter Home
Winter has finally settled in, bringing with it frosty temperatures, longer nights and bare branches. As the season is synonymous with hibernation (even amongst humans), now is the perfect time to make your home more cosy and comfortable through décor.
To achieve this, Tim Harris, Founder of TimHarris Design – a design-focussed, client-centric, creative studio offering bespoke solutions to individuals and brands in the disciplines of spatial, furniture and graphic design – shares some stylish suggestions:
Natural materials like wood add warmth and cosiness to a home. This is especially true in the colder months, thanks to its rich tones. Available in a wide variety of finishes, there’s bound to be something that suits your space.
Light up your life
Lighting makes a massive difference to a space. It is more than just a task-orientated necessity. Lighting can add character to your home, so why not use it to make a bold statement this season? Pendant lights are perfect for this. They also produce soft, diffused light which is ideal for creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.
The 2021 Colours of the Year are Ultimate Gray and Illuminating. The official Pantone website says: “Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, the union of Ultimate Gray and Illuminating is one of strength and positivity. It is a story of colour that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly.” With it being winter, we need all the sunniness we can get. This yellow and grey colour combo works perfectly to brighten up homes.
Make a book nook
There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book and a cup of tea on a cold, wintry day. So why not dedicate a corner in your home for that very purpose? All you’ll need is a comfy chair, and some shelves to hold your favourite books, bits and bobs.
Bring the outdoors in
Not only do plants add natural beauty to your living environment, they’re also good for your health, especially with colds and flu being common at this time of year. A workplace study commissioned by the Dutch Product Board for Horticulture discovered that adding plants to office settings decreases fatigue, colds, headaches, coughs, sore throats and flu-like symptoms, so imagine what adding them to your home can do.
“Adding a few cosy touches to your home can make a massive difference. The only problem is that you might not want to leave!” concludes Harris.
For more information, go to www.timharris.co.za.