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What is cosy
and why do we seek it in our homes?

What is cosy?

The definition of cosy is something that gives a feeling of comfort, warmth and relaxation. Cosy spaces give us a sanctuary in which to retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, invoking feelings of comfort and relaxation – perfect for making our homes truly feel like home.

How do you make modern design cosy?

Texture, colour and lighting are key to creating a cosy living space

Soft minimalism

Your ambition might be to be clutter free, but allow yourself decorative items in well placed groups to make the room feel lived in. Bookshelves filled with books you treasure or that you regularly refer to create great focal points. You don’t want your home to feel empty because everything is tidied away inside cupboards


Minimalism doesn't mean empty - let your space be inviting by inserting thoughtfully-chosen decorative items in key areas, like a bookshelf full of favourite books. A few well placed pieces can make all the difference as you curate an atmosphere that's both tidy and homely.

Get the lighting right

Good lighting is key to creating the right atmosphere. Think about the moods you want to create for relaxing, entertaining friends, watching TV. Creative lighting design uses a technique called layering. The technique combines multiple sources of lighting in different ways to create different moods of lighting. For example, in the kitchen, you would use downlights, pendant lights and undercabinet lights. Making use of different types of light such as wall lights, downlights, pendants etc is the key to an inviting environment that's warm and adapts to different uses and times of day.


Combine different types of light such as wall lights, downlights, wall washers, ceiling pendants and table or floor lamps for a layered effect that’s warm and inviting. Use clusters of pendant lights to light tables, wall washers to light pictures or concealed LED strip for a soft glow of of hidden background lighting.


To control the mood wire each into their own circuit and attach dimmer switches so they can be adjusted according to preference.

Neutral colours

Create a restful atmosphere with neutral hues, such as off-white and warm tones from floors, doors or furniture. Avoid strong colours as these may be dramatic, but rarely feel cosy.


Our ancient ancestors were captivated by fire and, to this day, we can still find a sense of relaxation while gazing into the flames. You can’t beat a fire for making a room feel snug. If you live in the country then a wood stove is a great answer but if you don't have the space or lack access to a chimney consider investing in environmentally friendly bioethanol fires. These don’t need a flue are are available in modern sleek designs that complement a contemporary interior.

The texture of natural materials

Create a natural aesthetic using timber and leather. Let some wood flooring be the foundation for warmth as doors and shelves bring subtle texture to every room. Wrap yourself up in the sumptuous comfort of richly-coloured leather furniture sofas and chaits you can sink into

Warm feet

In many homes it's possible to install underfloor heating. Not only does it warm the room effectively but it creates a cosy ambience. Feel the warmth on your feet and enjoy going barefoot once again! Go for deep pile rugs to add style, comfort and character — perfect for bringing that all-important focal point into any room while adding an exciting colour pop too.


So transform your minimalistic space into a cosy haven with these stylishly simple ideas! Keep the clean lines and uncluttered vibes, but add warm touches for the perfect place to relax.

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