Cosy Lounge Ideas For Winter
During the spring and summer months, lounges are often stripped back. The good weather outside means that we tend to spend less time in front of the television, and more time doing things we enjoy in the great outdoors to make the most of the warmer, lighter evenings. When it comes to creating a cosy lounge for autumn and winter, it’s all about adding extra accessories that will boost the comfort factor in preparation for you and your family spending more time in the room. Take a look through some of our cosy lounge ideas below.
In this guide on how to create a cosy lounge we’re exploring different lighting options for your living room and other simple ways you can achieve top level snug during the colder months.
Embrace the hygge trend
Firstly, as we head the slow and steady descent to winter, we are also approaching the prime time to experience hygge. If you aren’t aware of the Scandinavian blanket term for all things satisfying and cosy, then let us share you into the secret. ‘Hygge’ (pronounced hue-guh) is what the Danes and Norwegians refer to when they are describing the ultimate feeling of contentment. Winter is the perfect season for all things hygge – dark nights, open fires, copious amounts of hot chocolate, watching films with the family under blankets and what ever else you would consider cosy! Getting the setting just right to experience hygge as the Scandinavians do can be as simple as switching on a light…
A big part of how to create a cosy living room is down to the lighting. With darkness falling as early as 4pm on some days, we’ll be living with the lights on for much longer than we did in previous months. Here at Dusk Lighting we’ve got an exceptional range of lounge lighting options that can be added to your home in time for winter.
The perfect reading light
What is better on a cold evening than curling up on the sofa with a great book and a steaming mug of tea? For this fantastically hygge pastime, you’ll need a reliable reading light so you can get to the end of your book, wherever it takes you. We’ve got some excellent smaller lighting options suitable for reading or having on in the background to give your lounge a soft glow.
Floor lamps and table lamps
Lamps that can sit on side tables are absolute living room lighting essentials. Depending on the space available, we love the look of two table lamps in different areas of the room that can be used simultaneously or muted down to just one being switched on for a low lighting look. Multiple lighting options in the lounge can create different ‘zones’ to the room, without any effort or long term commitment. The collection of EGLO beige fabric lights are ideal for lounges, and the brushed aluminium base is contemporary and decorative.
Revel in the space-saving benefits of floor lamps that can be positioned anywhere in the room, and gives a wide reach of illumination. Place a Mother and Child floor lamp from Dar Lighting next to an armchair and make use of the adjustable task lamp which is perfect for your evening reading. The uplighter will tilt to allow the light to wash the wall or ceiling with light, and for extra accessibility, both lights have their own switches. We stock plenty more of this popular style of light in our range of floor lamps which features different designer lighting solutions that can be added to your home to make your lounge cosy for winter.
Stark and bright lounge lighting is not an option when it comes to creating a cosy living room area; the key is soft ambient lighting conducive to relaxation and, quite possibly, an afternoon nap. Our range of wall lights at Dusk Lighting provides various suitable designs that can be perfect alternatives to a main ceiling light. We stock modern wall lights and traditional wall lights that both offer stunning decorative elements as an additional bonus! If relaxing by candlelight is your favourite pastime during the winter months, then you’re bound to favour the Elstead Lighting Finsbury Park two arm wall lights in polished nickel which can hold beautiful candle light bulbs for that candle effect (without the flickering). This particular light is also dimmable, meaning the light can be turned down low for optimum cosiness.
We’ve taken you through ways to use lighting to add a pleasant feel to a living room going into the new season. Here’s some more cosy lounge ideas for the winter:
Lots of soft furnishings – Get yourself some fleecy throws and an abundance of cushions with various textures such as faux fur, waffle print and faux Mongolian fur cushions that will all add to the cosy feel of the room. You’ll want to dive onto your sofa and never get up again!
Buy plenty of candles – When you want to snuggle down with a good film or boxset, turning off the lights and lighting a few candles can really bring the right ambience. Scented candles in sweet fig or vanilla will also add to the ‘hygge’ evening.
Swap to heavy curtains – Long blackout curtains can appear to add an extra layer of warmth to any room, so even if you’ve got blinds on your windows, put up some wonderful fabric curtains to block out the chilly weather.
Invest in a thick pile rug – Whether you’ve got a carpet or wooden floorboards, there’s no better feeling than sinking your feet into a lovely thick pile rug. Rugs are ideal for injecting a winter feeling into your lounge.
So if you’re looking for cosy lounge ideas in time for winter, we would firstly suggest rethinking your current living room lighting; lights that facilitate a relaxing environment should be chosen. It’s also worth boosting the snug factor with extra home accessories, such as rugs, cushions and blankets. Make your lounge a sanctuary this winter with Dusk Lighting and browse our ranges of lounge & hall lighting for season-suitable lighting solutions for your home.