I’m drawn today to this warm and cosy sitting room as the best antidote to the cold grey weather outside.
To me, it’s just the perfect combination of colours, pattern and texture and it has a few tricks up its sleeve too. So here are my top tips for creating your own little cosy corner to snuggle into with a good book.
- Keep the wall colour neutral so that the artworks and furnishings take centre stage. This grey is perfect for a background colour. It’s not as cold as white but it’s cool enough to handle the other hot colours.
- Choose a classic sofa in another, darker neutral shade. The style will never go out of fashion and you can ring the changes simply by changing the cushions and accessories.
3. Add colour and pattern with a rug. Sometimes the rug can be the starting point for a decorating scheme which may have been the case here. This one is colourful but not too bright and although it’s busy, the patterns and colours work together well.
4. A coffee or side table is more than just a piece of furniture. This pair is the ultimate in flexibility as they can be moved apart when necessary and yet work together perfectly.
5. The rule of three is always a good rule to follow. Here the three pendant lights at different levels create just the right effect for a seating area. Not too low and not too high. And the three framed prints inside the bigger frame are echoing that effect.
6. Pick out the colours of the rug in the cushions and by using stripes again as in the rug but differently the effect is of subtle co-ordination.
7. Use small accessories to repeat colours and effects. The gold bowl echoes the gold inside the pendant lights and the gold frames. The grey ‘string’ candle holders repeat the same grey as the wall and even the colours of the book covers are similar to the cushions.
The overall effect is one of perfect harmony. Nothing shouts too loud and it all appears effortless. My favourite kind of scheme.
Main image: Skona Hem
Ingredients: Tom Dixon Beat Lights, Conran Shop Oswald sofa, Tom Dixon bash vessels, gold frame from Antique Frames Eu, vintage patchwork rug from Bazaar Velvet, Hay Bella occasional tables from Nest, yellow cushion from H & M Home, patterned cushion by Jonathan Adler, knitted vase by Urban Cuckoo.