Nest Pewter roman blind in a bedroom with a blanket and throw pillows on the bed

How to create a warm and cosy home

by Yvonne Keal

Product Management specialist

Published: 17/10/2022

Updated: 21/09/2023

Simple tricks for snuggly spaces

As the winter months bring darker nights and a drop in temperature, there’s nothing better than cosying up in a snug, warm home.

Making small changes like adding some soft and tactile textures or choosing warm colours for your décor can have a big impact on the feeling of a space, making it seem warmer without having to turn the heating up. Here are our top five ways to create an inviting home that everyone wants to spend time in this winter.

harkness vapour roman blinds in lounge

Pile on the texture

Layering soft furnishings are great for creating instant warmth and a cosy atmosphere.

Go for a mix of throws in chunky knit, faux-fur and felted fabrics to curl up in.

For an even more coordinated finish, choose cushions in the same fabric or one that colour matches your window dressing to create a finish that subtly flows through your whole room. All our curtain and Roman blind fabrics are available as cushion covers so you’ll be sure to find the perfect match.

Abigail Ahern, interior designer
Texture is everything when you want to feel cocooned in your home. It’s amazing in the cooler months when we want to snuggle in and keep the chill out.
Abigail Ahern, interior designer
Nest Pewter curtains in a lounge window next to the fire place

Warm colours for a warm feeling

Warm colours have the ability to lift the level of cosiness in any room, so go for a palette that’s soft and natural to create that snug, inviting feel.

The fabrics in our Calm Living collection of curtains and Roman blinds come in a range of neutral hues to help you create restful and restorative spaces throughout your home. With the option to add one of our specialist thermal or blackout linings they will also help keep a room cosy and warm.

black and white zig zag patterned roman blinds fitted to two tall large windows in a living room

Light it right

While nothing beats the warmth of natural lighting, adding string lights, table lamps, and even candles can make a space feel more relaxing.

Create a softer, more intimate feel by switching off the ceiling light and instead opting for lower level lighting, illuminating quiet corners and creating shadowy textures.

Sally Cullen, interior stylist
Lighting is often overlooked, but you can easily achieve a soft glow with lanterns or fairy lights strung about the place. It will make everything feel nice and cosy.
Sally Cullen, interior stylist
Mirage Rich Oak Blind at a bay window in a living room with a green sofa to the left and a small chair to the right

Add warmth with wood

Weaving wooden elements throughout your décor can instantly warm up a space. Creating a down-to-earth and natural feel, wood furniture like a dresser or coffee table, wood shelving or accents like bowls, pedestals and trays will add depth to your room and bring a sense of the natural world into your home. 

You can even take wood to your windows with our range of Wooden blinds. Constructed using real wooden slats in warm tones, they’re perfect for creating spaces that feel naturally warm and welcoming.

ivory lace full height shutters

Keep draughts at bay

Once you’ve created your perfect snug space, the last thing you want is the cold winter air creeping in through your windows and doors.

Shutters can help make sure your space stays wonderfully warm. Their excellent insulating properties provide a barrier at your window to keep the cold out and the warmth in.

Curtains with a thermal lining also help to reduce heat loss through your windows. They are extra-heavy, making a great defence against the chills of winter while giving your curtains a fuller, more luxurious look.

Discover more inspiration and advice

Find out more about how made to measure window dressings can help you keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.