Do human beings hibernate? The question deserves to be asked when autumn arrives. Dimmer light, single-digit temperatures and increasingly early nights are all good excuses to spend the day at home. Or really want to do it. It's also the ideal season to add small (or large) cosy touches to the decoration of your room. Here's how.
COSY, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
If the adjective evokes a day spent under two or three plaids, close to a cup of tea that is always hot and scented candles, it is also a style of decoration in its own right, with its origins, its codes and of course, its clichés.
Just like the word itself, the images associated with the cosy style come to us from across the Channel: a family home surrounded by greenery with walls, sofas and chairs covered with floral prints. The furniture is hand-made by local craftsmen or chinés and brought up to date. The colours are soft but present, as is the patina. As a bonus, wooden beams on the ceiling and a fireplace in the living room.
Since 2016, the cosy design has gained in simplicity and popularity thanks to its Danish version. The term hyggeAlthough it refers to a lifestyle more than a style of decoration, it evokes the same scenes of cosy and cozy interiors, with perhaps a little more white on the walls. Just thinking about it makes you feel good.
And it's precisely the idea of comfort that matters here. More than a list of objects, a palette of colours, a green field in the English (or Danish) countryside, a home is cosy thanks to the warm, pleasant feeling it gives to those who live in it. You can therefore do without flowery wallpaper and matching cushions, or even cushions at all, to make your room a haven of comfort.
HOW TO PUT COSY IN HIS LIFE (AND ESPECIALLY IN HIS ROOM)?
Starting by asking this question: what is a comfortable room? A room where there is an abundance of light? A huge bed covered with satin sheets? A quiet place, free of distractions day and night? The answer will greatly influence the choices of decoration, from the colour of the walls to the presence or absence of plaids.
IF ONE SEEKS APPEASEMENT...
• YOU CREATE SPACE, even in a small area. We separate ourselves from the bedside table that is used to collect dust, from the armchair that we always leave for the bed, from the carpet that we got stuck in yesterday. Anything that is not (or no longer) needed is asked to leave the room, which we obviously take care to keep. row.
• On the walls, we choose neutral colours that rest the eye and reflect daylight: white, beige, light grey...
• Natural materials are preferred. Parquet on the floor, linen for the bed linen...
• We surround ourselves with depolluting plants such as philodendron and spatiphyllum. To absorb electromagnetic waves, we also think of the cactus.
• We take the opportunity to adapt our habits to the atmosphere of the room. That means no (too many) screens in front of your eyes. This can be achieved by making a commitment not to use them in your room after a certain time, or by limiting the number of screens in the room. Ok to send some "good night" from your smartphone, but we'll watch Netflix on the couch rather than in bed.
IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR COMFORT
• We create a familiar environment, where each object evokes a memory, an image, a reassuring feeling. A lamp that already watched over our nights when we were children, books that we loved to devour before going to sleep, an embroidered cushion brought back from the end of the world...
• We use the COLOUR to create an enveloping atmosphere. Now is the time to dare darker tones - a beautiful midnight blue for example. Far from darkening the room, it will evolve with the light, from bright during the day to deep in the evening.
• For the materials, we let ourselves be guided by touch to find the softest bed linen, carpet or cushion.
IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR CONVIVIALITY
• We're making his room a living space. An armchair for reading, a dressing area with a large mirror for fittings, a desk by the window for inspiration or a bookcase to display your favourite books and objects. Why would a room only be used for sleeping?
• LIGHT SOURCES are varied, from ceiling to bedside lamps, not forgetting a garland of light, so that the room is always bright and adapts the atmosphere to the mood of the moment.
• We keep a few of the ones that matter in front of us. We decorate the space with the children's drawings, photos of those who count, memories of the last holidays with friends. Being well surrounded is still the best way to feel at home.