There’s nothing better than having a cosy, welcoming house to come home to at this time of year, when it’s cold, wet and windy outside, and it feels as though you haven’t seen the sun in days.
Our homes are our havens during the tempestuous winter months - and how you choose to decorate it can make a huge difference to how comforting it is at the moment.
Home furnishings really can make or break any interior design scheme, so choose your fabrics, upholstery and soft furnishings with care.
What you need to think about when it comes to materials is making sure you strike the perfect balance between style and substance - you want upholstery to be practical, of course, since it’s covering your furniture, but you also need to make sure it’s attractive, so you continue to appreciate it for years to come.
There are two main types of fabric to choose from - natural and synthetic. For a truly cosy look and feel at home, natural materials are likely to be the best option and these come with the added benefit of having a smaller environmental footprint than synthetic fabrics, since they are derived from entirely natural sources.
Synthetics, meanwhile, are made from components like petroleum and plastic, so if you’re keen to boost your green credentials right now and reduce your impact on the planet, natural is the way to go.
Of course, there are pros and cons to both so thinking about your lifestyle and what practical features you’ll need can help you decide what to buy. Synthetics are very durable and they’re less porous than natural fabrics, so they’re less absorbent - which makes them easier to clean.
And, because of this, they’re also more resistant to mould and mildew, so from a hygiene perspective you may prefer to go down the synthetic route for some of your fabrics.
Also consider the overall look you’re trying to achieve. If you’re going for a shabby chic aesthetic, natural materials are a great choice, but if you prefer a contemporary look and feel, synthetics could help you achieve this.
It’s also worth noting that fabric production has advanced to such an extent that polyester can almost replicate the look and feel of natural materials like cotton, wool and linen, which could be the best of both worlds for some of you!
If you’re keen for the genuine natural look, go for fabrics like cotton chenille, 100% cotton prints, leather, linen, silk, velvet and wool. For a beautifully cosy feel at home that will help keep you warm and comforted this winter, opt for the likes of wool and velvet velvet throughout the house.
You’ll love nothing more than hibernating your way through the colder months if you give your home a few cosy touches here and there!
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