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How to Create the Ultimate Cosy Home this Winter

From the bedroom to the hallway, we take you from room to room by style trend, with King expert tips, to help you style your home for winter.

We’ve partnered with King to bring you this stylish guide to creating a beautifully cosy home this winter.

With the shift in seasons and the cooler weather settling in, now is the perfect time to add a few warming touches to create your own winter retreat at home. To help you create opportunities to add and encourage warmth in any space in your home, we have enlisted the expertise of Style Director Kerrie-Ann Jones, and the beautiful range of furniture from King.

For the ultimate cosy home this winter, these are the trends to focus on in order to transform your place into a cocooning and inviting hotspot.

Play with Texture in the Living Room

The easiest way to create a cosy feeling in a home is to layer textures. Keep to a particular hue to avoid the home feeling disjointed and play around with mixing of thick and thin textures to elevate any room.

“Using layers and textures makes a room feel more interesting and homely. It adds personality to a space,” Kerrie-Ann Jones shares.

“You can think of it like photography – there is the background, the foreground, and the point of focus. It’s the same with layers; it makes a room more appealing when there is depth to the room.” 

When it comes to the living room, the King Plaza Sofa in Preston Velvet provides a luxe, textural touch. In deep, rich jewel tones, this conversation starter will anchor the room for seasons to come. Pair this with a leather upholstered Luna Chair for the ultimate luxury texture mix.

Bolster your sofa scheme with a few new plush cushions. Let your hands guide you here – velvet, wool, shagpile… whatever feels good is guaranteed to add warmth to your winter home set-up. And a combination of texture, shapes, and colours, even if the tones are similar, will bring further interest to your look. If you’re wanting a mix without the look getting too busy, stick to a colour palette and mix of the textures.

Add Curves to Your Bedroom

An update from the popular bulbous shape, this year it's all about gentle curves and organic forms. Careful not to go overboard and instead let the curve piece be a statement and stand out from items in your home to draw attention to its unique shape. Soften up your winter bedroom with the addition of a soft curved side table like the King Dainelli Roma Bedside Table. The soft form edges lend itself to simple yet elegant design tastes, and with three different timber finishes, will find itself right at home in any bedroom.

Another way to cosy up your room is adding a rug. A rug will not only add a touch of texture, a rich tapestry of colour or an expanse of graphic pattern, it will also ground the most important parts of your home: your bedroom. Your floorcovering of choice is the perfect finishing touch to complete a room while adding another point of interest. But, always being careful to not overwhelm the space.

Kerrie-Ann suggests that “it's best not to lay a rug that has a similar texture to your carpet. Instead, you want to add a new layer and point of interest by choosing a different texture. You will also need to make sure the colour tones feel balanced together.”

To get the perfect balance of curves and warmth, the King artistic Oceania Rug delivers on both accounts, while being supremely stylish. Doubling as a work of art, the natural curve design etched into the Oceania Rug provides a modernist touch to any space.

Go Natural for the Great Outdoors

When designing your outdoor space, having the right furniture is key. When selecting furniture think about how you want to use the space during winter. Are you looking for it to be somewhere to relax? Or is it somewhere to entertain? Outdoor furniture should be an extension of the style in your home and, most importantly, take advantage of the great outdoors by incorporating natural fibres, materials and patterns into your outdoor furniture.

We’re loving the versatile King Cove Outdoor Modular Sofa. With a durable weatherproof fabric in various earthy tones, you’ll fall in styling love. Also, the natural weave of the Jasper Outdoor will find itself right at home in any backyard or balcony.

Just because your outside, doesn’t mean you can’t have a rug. Having something tactile under your feet is sure to amp up the cosy factor in your outdoor space. A rug is a winter home essential and brings not only warmth through texture and material, but also through the infinite pattern possibilities. The durable Avalon Rug is handwoven using yarn derived from recycled plastic bottles, and its soft yet textured feel will elevate your outdoor space.

Looking to bring this all together around one central point of warmth? Why not build a DIY firepit? There's nothing better on cold winter evenings then gathering around a roaring fire. For a garden idea with serious firepower, create your own firepit using simple items like some old bricks and a steel bowl. We guarantee that this will turn up the heat in your garden this winter!

Dark Hues Rule the Study

Colours can influence your mood, which is why colour matters when furnishing a space. Choosing a colour palette is the first step to styling a room. If you are unsure where to start, Kerrie-Ann advises selecting colours that are meaningful to you and are already part of your life and personal style. 

“I look at my wardrobe and think about which colours I like to wear, and the colours I connect with. That’s a good place to start.” explains Kerrie-Ann.

“Then you can choose one or two colours and go warmer and or softer within that tonal colour range to create your palette.” 

When it comes to winter, darker hues help with adding a sense of warmth to any space. If you’re looking to upgrade your home office this winter, the King Eto Desk is the piece to invest in. Sleek and compact, this chic desk comes in three darker wood finishes, including a deep American Walnut Brown, a darker Smoked Oak and a charcoal Congo wood.

If you have space, a reading nook adds an extra dimension of comfort and utility to your bedroom. Kerrie-Ann’s go-to reading chair is the King Oliver Tub Chair, a classic style with supreme comfort. 

“I love tub chairs. It’s a very on-trend shape and also very ergonomic. They cocoon you in, it makes you want to sit in there and read a book all day." 

Like all King furniture, the Oliver Tub Chair has removable covers that make it easy to clean or replace for a new seasonal look. 

And to dial up the winter warmth further, adding a woven throw to your office chair or armchair is a sure-fire way to bring instant warmth to any space, over and above the warmth it provides you when you’re chilling out reading your favourite book or chatting with colleagues over a video call.

 Feeling inspired to warm your home this winter? Explore the full range of premium furniture from King and invest in your favourite pieces for less with their winter sale. The seasonal sale runs from Saturday the 18th of June to Sunday the 31st of July, so there’s plenty of time to find the perfect piece. Looking for more storage tips? Check out these storage solutions for every room of the house and make your apartment feel extra cosy with these clever design tricks.