At this time of year I want to make my bedroom feel as cosy as possible. But I’m not quite ready to go all-out with a Christmas duvet cover. So what’s the compromise? How do you create a warm, festive atmosphere in your bedroom without turning it into Santa’s grotto? The solution is low-cost, making use of soft-furnishings you already have at home, and creates a snuggly bed that you won’t want to leave all Winter. Here’s how I did it… The key to getting a cosy atmosphere at home is layers. During the summer, the bedroom is all about fresh linens, clean lines and lightweight cotton sheets. But, at this time of year, this type of bedding can feel cold and leave you shivering. So, just as we do with our winter wardrobes, layering up bedding and blankets adds warmth to the bed and gives the impression of a cosy atmosphere in the room. A couple of throws, blankets and even scarves (my blue and grey checked blanket is actually a pashmina from Next!) will add bulk to the bed, and warmth as you pull them up at night. Extra pillows and cushions make the bed look super-cosy and inviting. Add more textures with the pillowcases too; I’ve used all my usual summer bedding here but have added a low-cost pair of flannelette pillowcases in a blue tartan pattern. It feels lovely to rest my head on brushed cotton during cold winter nights. Texture plays in important part in creating a cosy atmosphere too. Combine knitted cushions with fluffy blankets for touchable, inviting bedding. I added a large denim blue cushion in velvet, a hand-knitted cushion cover with chunky wooden buttons and a grey bobble cushion for extra texture. The three cushions tie all the other elements of the mix-and-match bedding together. This creates a more relaxed look than if you bought matching cushions and bedding in uniform colours and looks way more snuggly. I just want to jump into bed right now!
Lighting is key to creating a warm and inviting ambience in your bedroom. Candles, lamps and even fairy lights (no, it’s not too early!) add an inviting glow to bedside tables. I chose this star-shaped hessian lamp from Wayfair to add a subtle festive feel to the room, along with my normal bedside lamps and scented candles. Let me know what you think of these ideas and I’d love to see how you make your own bedroom look cosy for winter. Please leave me a comment below or tweet me your photos to @cassiefairy.