I don’t know about you guys but I want my pad summer or winter to feel the cosiest on the planet. I want it to feel like I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole into this other worldly space that I just want to hunker down and hibernate. In winter when it gets dark early, I want it to feel super-cosy and tantalising. I should add it's not mutually exclusive to the colder months, even when the doors are flung open and I’m pottering outside way more in the summer I want my outdoor spaces to feel the same as my indoor spaces– i.e. having lots of plonkable cosy nooks all over the place, with the coolest lighting and a big dollop of scale thrown in. Here are some ideas of how to create them:
GOOD TO TOUCH
Here’s the thing, so many people underplay (or totally neglect more like) texture. The minute you mix up your textures inside or out you will create the most tantalising of spaces. Wicker with concrete, metal with wood, velvet with linen etc. etc. Instantly cool just remember not to match anything!
ADD SOME BLACK
Add in a black table, a black bowl, a painting with black in it, a chair, and a rug. One of, all of the above no matter the fact is that black things turn spaces around. Same goes with fashion you cannot go wrong by adding doses of black it adds a super sophisticated edge.
THROW IN SOME LARGE
Every area needs focal points; if you come to one of my AA Design Classes you will know that I think there should be at least 3 large pieces in a room not one. 3 focal points lets your eye travel around and feel more invigorated.
Lazy days can only be lazy if you get the lighting right. Lots of overhead bright light will make you feel like you’re in a hospital waiting room (I was in quite a few of those towards the end of last year and they depressed the hell out of me) so add more lights than you necessarily would. Like at least 8 (I say no more)!
MIX UP THE VIBE
When you mix modern with trad it’s the balancing of different eras that creates such interest and intrigue. Remember if you reign in the colour palette you can mix anything with anything as I say in my classes all the time!