Snuggle in... TO A COSIER HOME

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					OctObEr 14, 2009                                                                                                                                                                       23




      Snuggle in...
      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.




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           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.
advocates.

  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.

				
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