Getting in the mood
Creating a cosy sanctuary is all about the ambience, right? That mood can be determined by so many things; colours, lighting, smells, textures, and even the right music. If all the senses are evoked, then one can close their eyes (that’s when relaxation truly begins) and appreciate the feel of a comfy bed or soft, fluffy throw, or the scent of cinnamon, spices or smoky wood. It’s not only about being ‘easy on the eye’ folks - it’s essential that all the senses come into play!
The master bedroom is the most intimate room in the house and above all else it should be a sanctuary for relaxation and sleep. Ensuring that your surroundings create a sense of calm and relaxation is paramount. Lighting should be soft and warm - the right bedside lamps or strategically mounted ceiling lighting will help you get there, and if possible, dimmers are a great idea.
Paint colours (as well as bedding and artwork colours) should be carefully selected in order to set a scene of warmth and relaxation. Interestingly though, warm and relaxing can have two different meanings when it comes to colour! When considering warmer colours, try to stay away from reds and oranges, because although they’re in line with the ‘warm’ theme, they can have an energizing effect. Cooler hues on the other hand have a calming effect and as such are better suited to the bedroom. Dark colours though create a sense of warmth, so perhaps a charcoal, or dark grey blue.
A mattress topper will help with insulation - it should then be covered with a high quality cotton or linen sheet, and a flat bed sheet. A 100% cotton weave will wick moisture away from your skin, so you won’t wake up clammy, and long fibre cotton (or long staple) like a Supima makes for a noticeably softer sheet. A wool or cotton quilt in either a mid weight, or heavier wool quilt will regulate body temperature - wool fibres are naturally adapted to keeping you at a steady temperature. From here add a blanket if necessary - this layering will help you adjust as the body temperature and air temperature changes throughout the night. Layering with cushions and blankets is also a practical way to add warmth and cosiness to a bedroom.
In terms of colour and patterns of bedding, think soothing and calm rather than bold and loud (as mentioned earlier, this applies to wall colour also). We love charcoals and grey like the Monet ‘Exclusive to Snooze’ Quilt Cover Set by Linen House. Paired with dusty pinks, or darker colours like navy blue, soft grey provides the perfect working foundation.
You don't have to stick to plains or solid colour though - as long as colours aren't too bold and loud. We love the Marselha quilt cover by Linen House - it makes a statement that combines elegance & romance with the idea of keeping cosy over the winter months.
Clear the clutter
With all the talk of fabrics and texture, it’s easy to mistake cosy for chaos or clutter...but this is not the case. Minimalism is the key to calming and comfort. Take the time to clear out your cupboards, pull your winter wear to the front, move your jackets to the hallway cupboard, sort your drawers, stack your books, put stuff away! Use the bedside or a night stand as the centre piece of your relaxation nook - cozy it up with a lamp with warm light, a candle and a book….an invitation to hang out a while.