by Sara Costi
The increasingly watery sunlight, the chill in the air, the leaves falling from the trees and the lengthening shadows remind us that winter is approaching, and with it, the desire to retire within our own four walls, whether we feel protected and pampered.
The home is the setting that welcomes us in and takes care of us for much of our lives, so it’s important that our domestic settings are a happy place: not just a roof over our head, but a place where we can feel at ease, a place where every moment is unique and precious and in tune with our essence. This whole concept can be summed up in a four-letter word, Cosy, which describes the welcoming sensation of comfort and well-being derived from spending our free time in pleasant, calm environments able to sooth tension and recharge our batteries.
A warm woollen blanket, the fire crackling in the hearth, the fragrance of moss, a candle or two, soft lights, a cup of herbal tea and a good book or film, a comfortable corner for some pleasant me time. All this is part of the Cosy style living philosophy: a furnishing style that originated in the cold lands of the North and is taking hold as a furnishing trend all over the world, to give a special, magical touch to the home and help us make the most of our living spaces during the chilly days of winter.
How to give your home a Cosy style
The most suitable colour range to create a Cosy style is made up of light, neutral shades: from white and cream to beige and vanilla, as well as different shades of grey and dove grey and pastel tones of pink and blue, they’ll be able to bring a glow to your settings, transmitting a sense of calm and serenity and accompanying the winter season in style. If you’re looking for a Cosy style to furnish your home, go for soft, natural fabrics such as cotton, wool or linen, which are perfect for covering cushions or poufs, or to use as blankets, covers and rugs.
Lighting is another essential element: if you’re looking to furnish your home in a Cosy style, the ideal choice is a warm light as similar as possible to natural light, to give settings a sensation of warmth and positivity, so you should opt for decorative candles, lanterns, bedside lamps, floor lamps, table lamps or wall lamps.
To create settings that transmit a sense of calm and well-being, the cosy furnishing style places the accent on decorative elements of natural origin that can be used to create beautiful compositions by combining leaves, pine-cones, berries and bark with candles and fragrant, balsamic essences in keeping with the natural elements typical of winter, such as pine, musk, vanilla and cinnamon. A tray decorated with branches from the forest and woodland fragrances brings a touch of sophisticated elegance to the setting.
Which flooring to choose for a Cosy furnishing style?
Cosy style is enhanced by light-coloured floor and wall coverings and warm essences with a soft texture, such as wood, concrete or stone effects able to bring a calm, relaxed touch to settings.
The main feature of every home, the living area is the perfect place to create a cosy style, whether you prefer a total white look or opt for coloured details. To create an inviting atmosphere, all it takes is an element such as a hearth with a crackling flame, a comfortable sofa, soft cushions, a warm blanket, some wicker baskets, fragrant candles, a book of two and a cup of piping hot tea, some little trunks of wood, large windows to admire the landscape and a floor with a soft texture.
Soft duvets and pillows, simple furnishing accessories, a ladder resting against the wall and used to hang clothes on, a wooden bench, creative lighting elements, soft, slightly shaded stone-effect colours tiling the floor and one of the walls come together to create a gently romantic atmosphere.
Casalgrande Padana porcelain stoneware ceramic tiles are versatile and functional, made exclusively from natural raw materials and do not contain plastic, silicone or toxic substances; they are non-allergenic, anti-bacterial, fire-resistant and completely recyclable, making them perfect for both floors and walls, with their warm tones, soft textures and continuous surfaces, able to create beautifully sophisticated settings with a softly enchanting atmosphere.