5 Sensory Tricks for Making Your Bedroom Feel Extra Cosy This Winter
Ah, cosiness. It’s that simple feeling we all crave, especially when the weather is grim but sometimes, it can seem elusive or hard to come by.
The pyjamas that felt snug and cosy yesterday can feel annoying today, while the music that seemed soothing this afternoon might seem utterly hollow tomorrow – and that’s because cosiness is never achieved with just one thing; it’s a totally sensory experience.
That feeling of being cocooned in a state of utter cosy bliss means satisfying all the senses at once so if you really want to curl up in your bedroom and indulge in a state of tranquillity this winter, try these 5 sensory tricks to make your hideaway feel extra cosy:
How your bedroom looks will have a huge impact on how cosy it feels. This is a space that should be a haven away from the house, no – the world at large, so don’t allow junk, technology or anyone else’s stuff to dominate it.
If you do have a Smart TV or desktop monitor in your bedroom, use it to your advantage by downloading a super-snug ‘Virtual Fireplace’. You can install this in seconds via Google Play for free.
Put clothes, accessories and toiletries away in attractive storage boxes and keep clutter to a minimum. Decorate using warm and neutral tones. Use black-out curtains to keep the cold, grey winter light at bay and cosy up the interior with ambient lighting using lamps, fairy lights and candles.
When it comes to provoking a particular feeling, your sense of smell should never be underestimated.
Keep the air fresh by opening a window for at least half an hour a day and putting any odour-producing socks, shoes, laundry baskets or pets somewhere else. If you eat in the bedroom dispose of any dishes, leftovers or wrappers straight away and use a scented fabric conditioner on your sheets.
Now for the cosy aroma. Plug-ins are effective but candles give you the additional bonus of a real, soothing flame. Try burning autumnal or festive scents that include tones of vanilla, sandalwood, bergamot and musk in wax or oil burners to help you feel calm and relaxed.
Tactile furnishings are essential for cosy comfort and that means getting a variety of soft, squishy, warm and fuzzy fabrics that feel good.
Think brushed-cotton bedding, cashmere and chenille cushions, chunky cable-knit bed throws and blankets and the sort of plush, soft-tread, shaggy rugs you just cannot resist rubbing your toes in.
If you’re going to retreat to your bedroom to get cosy this winter, you’ll need some comforting supplies.
If, after all the excesses of the festive season you’re concerned about calories, take soothing herbal teas and fresh fruit but if you want to treat yourself, opt for milky drinks or a hot toddy and a box of deluxe chocolates instead.
The way noise enters or travels around any given space will change how it feels. External noise such as passing traffic, excitable kids in the local park or the general hubbub of your family or housemates can really hamper your cosy time so block it out.
Turn up the sound on your virtual fire, play a compilation of classical, ambient or chillout tunes or get some ear-plugs and indulge in a little silence with a good book.
Master the senses for true bedroom cosiness this winter and you’ll never crave the summer again!