Cozy does not mean cluttered....
We have read all of the articles on de-cluttering your home and possibly tried it and found you enjoyed this pared down relaxed look for summer. Now that fall has arrived, we start to think cozy and warm. You can have a very cozy space without bringing all that clutter back into your space. If we look at the seasonal fashion trends, it is natural to remove anything but the essential for summer and bring back the layers for fall and winter.
This adding of layers can be translated into our homes without going too far and “cluttering” up the area. We need to realize that our homes are a reflection of our own personality so we should not be completely devoid of personal items.
How can we have a warm, cozy and inviting space without looking so cluttered you do not feel relaxed? A little knowledge of a couple of the basic design principles can help guide you to create a fabulous cozy home.
The use of color creates an emotional atmosphere and should complement or be in congruity with the design. Darker shades, high intensity colors and warm hues have more weight than lighter shades, cooler hues and low intensity colors. This in turn creates the “feeling” of cozy and warm.
Color works magic by communicating with our emotions. It creates an emotional atmosphere and should compliment the design. Color inspires, energizes, soothes, and enlivens. See how switching from a cool color scheme to a warm scheme changes the mood of a living room. This can easily be done with cushions, throws, candles and floral arrangements. Even the most modern space can be “cozy” in fall/winter by adding just these few elements. Perhaps a new area rug in a darker hue for winter. Books always add a wonderful feel to any room.
Texture plays an important part in creating a cozy atmosphere. Think of a nubby or faux fur throw. Add some really soft cushions. Texture is essentially a tactile characteristic, but may be perceived by either touch or sight. Texture may be rough, smooth, bumpy, fuzzy, grooved, or prickly. Tactile texture is felt, while visual texture is seen, imparting impressions of textures. Visual texture is often referred to as pattern. A pinecone has a texture one can feel as well a pattern one can see. Texture can be used to create different feelings in an environment—smooth textures seem cold and impersonal while rough textures seem warm and natural.
by Jeannette Wisby
Oakville Today, Fall 2008