Not a minimalist? Designer Abigail Ahern’s trademark style is – in a nutshell – “elegant cocoon”. Here are her tips for cosying up...
You can’t create a cocooning nest with just a couple of lights. “I have more than 10 in each room: beautiful glows and shadows create drama and intrigue.”
Adding texture softens a space. Create visual friction: pair opposites such as metallic leather with slubby wool; put seagrass matting on a shiny floor. You can’t overdo it.
Move furniture away from walls – yes, even in the smallest rooms. It’s more nest-like and inviting, rather than doctor’s waiting-room-like.
Show your stuff
Lots of layers – flowers, candles, ornaments, pictures – make a place feel lived in and loved.
Made in the shade
Charcoals, greys and slates make a room cosy.
Try this on for size
Play with scale: supersized pieces in small rooms or vice versa create an Alice in Wonderland vibe that intrigues and invites.
Scent adds cosiness as it makes you feel relaxed. Put a favourite pot pourri in tea-light holders and dot them all around the house; the smell is phenomenal. – The Independent