The nights are short, the temperatures are getting colder and colder, and all you want to do is crawl under the duvet with a good book or watch your favourite series. That's what cocooning is all about: the art of transforming your space into a haven of peace and softness where you can take refuge when the need arises. The good news? There's no need to spend a fortune or rethink your entire interior design to follow the Scandinavian trend of cosy minimalism. Between soothing colours, elegant furniture and small comfortable extras, we tell you everything.
Clean up your act
We've already told you about Marie Kondo and her famous tidying method. Without going on a spring cleaning spree in January, why not start by airing out your room? Open your cupboards, rummage under your bed and get rid of what you no longer need or what doesn't bring you joy. Because the accumulation of useless objects is anything but soothing.
Let's go with the colours
You've probably heard of "hygge", the Danish and Norwegian term that's been on everyone's lips for the past few years. The (untranslatable) idea? To feel a sense of well-being while enjoying the simple pleasures of life. Just like when you're reading a magazine by the fire or under the duvet. And one of the strong principles of the trend is to adopt a so Scandinavian minimalism in its decoration and in the choice of the colors. Neutral and soothing colours that are reminiscent of nature are used to create a cosy atmosphere - off-white, cream or chocolate. Don't hesitate to add notes of colour, but opt for pastels for a 100% cocooning decoration from the North.
A touch of Feng Shui
Without going into too much detail, you can follow some basic principles of this ancient Chinese practice to think of a room as cocooning as possible. One of the main ideas of Feng Shui is to reorganize the elements of living spaces to create harmony between an individual and his environment. This is based on the principle of dominant position, or how to determine the essential object in a room and its ideal location. As you may have guessed, the bed is the key element of the room. We advise you to place it as far as possible from the door without being in front of it - you must keep a clear view of the room to circulate the energies and ensure absolute calm.
To the carpet
If you live in an apartment, the temperature is often subject to the goodwill of your neighbours or the collective heating of your building. It's hard to find the benefits of cocooning in a very cold, draughty room. But don't lose hope, there are solutions. Choose a large, thick carpet that will add a touch of softness to your room... while protecting your feet. For the more adventurous, we love light-coloured faux fur rugs for a chic chalet atmosphere in the heart of the city. We won't judge you if you decide to lie down to meditate or read a book.
If you've spent time choosing the perfect bed and invested in a quality mattress, it would be a shame to neglect your bed's case. For a cocooning decor, you should choose a thick blanket or duvet, soft pillows and - of course - quality sheets. We love white or cream wool plaids that warm and dress your bed in an instant. For the pillows, choose a model adapted to your sleeping position and don't hesitate to add many cushions to complete the decor. You may find it harder to make your bed, but the cocooning spirit is worth a few sacrifices. For the sheets, La Chambre has thought of everything. If you've fallen for an XXL thick mattress, choose our fitted sheets which fit all models. Why not opt for a satin bed linen set? It's hard to find a softer and more refined material to brighten up your winter evenings.
Let there be light
When the days are short, light is one of the most precious commodities that we often neglect. In the bedroom, opt for dimmable bulbs to adapt the light to your mood. Don't forget to use a nice scented candle for a cosy atmosphere (but don't forget to put it out). If you have trouble waking up in the morning when it's still dark, a dawn simulator alarm lamp - and a good mood and vitamin D booster - is the ideal solution. There's nothing like waking up gently with a light that mimics the sunrise... while you wait for spring.