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TO A COSIER HOME
THE COLDER MONTHS ARE JUST AROUND THE CORNER. AS THE
DAyS GET SHORTER, AND THE SKy GETS CLOUDIER, WE BEGIN
TO ExPERIENCE A TASTE OF WHAT WINTER HAS TO OFFER. IN
PREPARATION FOR WHAT’S AHEAD, kRiSTA MiCALLeF TRiGonA
TALKS TO INTERIOR DESIGNER GReTA ApAp BoLoGnA TO FIND
OUT HOW TO MAKE yOUR HOME LOOK AND FEEL COSIER.
aking your home feel A Smooth Start Interior designer, Greta Apap Colour also plays an important completely but it is more subdued.
more inviting for winter Bologna, offers helpful tips and role; even though the colder Splashes of toned-down purple,
need not be a time A few additions such as throws, ideas about how to enhance season is drawing near, do not peacock blue and mustard, create
consuming or budget busting job. pillows and plants are all you a warm atmosphere and cosy shy away from neutral colours. depth and warmth, while metallics
It is simply about creating a really need to evoke the right mood. She points out that this “Autumn heralds the arrival of add a glamorous shimmer,
comfortable space that is not too mood. Accessories are what finish can be done simply by combining deep tones,” says Greta, “in tune creating an effect which is quietly
cluttered or too casual. With the off a room and give it character, so natural woods with bright felt with the cooler days and softer sophisticated.”
right touches, colours and ensure to choose the right ones fabrics, chunky ceramics and light of the season, furniture and
accessories, you can make your that will fit in well with the fabrics rustic textures, adding that “warm accessories are now in muted Lighting has a huge effect
home feel cosy, inviting and and wall colour. These finishing lighting, cashmere throws and greys and neutrals, ranging from on a room, “no matter to what
relaxing for you, your family and touches are what make a room, plush rugs will also contribute to palest chalk to deep graphite to extent you pursue your interior
your guests. when they are not overdone. this feel.” black. Colour hasn’t disappeared coNTINUED oN PagE 24
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Plants, fresh flowers and
candles can be used to create
a warm atmosphere.
finishes, lighting can simply make fabrics and materials to induce a And what about keeping your alternative to heating up your nuts will give off a wintry feel. A
or break the atmosphere,” says feeling of cosiness. bathroom warm? Franco Bileci, bathroom, which will surely make selection of winter-associated
Greta. Ambient lighting such as Managing Director of Energy Saving your bathroom feel cosy. spices such as cinnamon sticks and
candlelight is what brings out Dress up your coffee table! yes, Solutions, suggests that you cloves can also be placed in a glass
more of a warm feel. Scented it does increase that temptation of install a reliable gas water heater bowl at the centre of your table.”
candles can add to this effect and wanting to put your feet up, but, in your bathrooms. Not only are Kitchen
may be used in many rooms. it is a great place to show off your they economical, but they work With your home warmed up and
decorating ideas. you may want to instantaneously. He explains that Small touches can also be added looking cosy for the winter, light
Task lighting also ensures dress it up with a thick pillar candle you do not need to wait for the to the kitchen. Greta suggests an a couple of scented candles, grab
that your room is comfortable on a glass candle plate, or, you may water to heat up, and there is also effective look that will work well for a book in one hand, a cup of hot
and inviting. In order to achieve want to leave out a book or two no need to adjust it to the right this room during the winter months: chocolate in the other and snuggle
the right look and atmosphere, which may be a worthwhile read temperature. Franco adds that a “A large wooden bowl filled with in to embrace the cosy feel that
Greta recommends “a balance for your guests. The trick, however, Gas Air Heater is also an economical oranges and another with seasonal your home has to offer.
of low level lighting at different is to keep it clutter-free, leaving
heights, which will achieve a space for a snack or a cup of tea.
cosier ambience. Table lamps and
floor lamps are the key players in
this scenario. Use warm coloured Bedroom
bulbs as opposed to daylight
bulbs to enhance the feel.” The bedroom can be turned into
an escape haven by using cosy
Be it indoor or outdoor, and comforting fabrics, making it
greenery adds a nice touch to a more inviting for us to go home
room and at the same time, adds to after a long day at work. Little
life and oxygen to our homes. decorative touches that are
Melosaul Balzan from Derek normally reserved for ‘public’
Garden Centre says that a plant spaces can also be used in this
needs to be bought according to room. Plants, fresh flowers and
its environment. “The conditions candles can be used to create a
and environment where the plant warm atmosphere.
is going to be put will affect its
lifespan; you need to consider This room should be kept
whether it is going to be placed free of anything that reminds us
in a sunny or shady area, whether of stressful chores or of work.
it will be exposed to sea water Clutter, papers and computers
or a draft. Plants also need to be should be kept outside a
well taken care of, tap water, for bedroom, rather it should be
instance is not ideal. Preferably portrayed as a sanctuary that aids
opt for rain water or water from restful sleep. Soft music can also
the air conditioning unit,” he add to the calm atmosphere.
Personalising a room, and Bathroom
adding subtle touches will
enhance the cosy look that you are The bathroom can be turned
looking for. Here are some ways into a personal, inviting and
you can add a cosy feel to the soothing space by adding small
main rooms in your home. touches. Greta recommends
that you “replace all your white
bathroom towels with earthy
living Room tones and add a cluster of chunky
candles to create a cosier feel to
Pillows and throws are a great the room.” A thick rug and a rack
way to bring in colour and comfort of books or magazines will also
into a room. In the living room, a make those days for soaking in
throw or two is essential during the bath more inviting.
the winter months especially for
those of us that own a cold and Don’t be afraid to be artful.
forbidding leather sofa. Throws Decorate the walls with art in
can be draped at the back of delicate frames, but, due to the
arm chairs, adding texture and humidity, do not put treasured
warmth. Experiment with different photos or pricey items.