The Light Fantastic: Making London Homes Cosy In Winter

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Now autumn is upon us, many Londoners will be trying to make the most of autumn, with its stunning rusty colours, pumpkins and fireworks. But while summer recedes into the distance, one does not need to watch re-runs of Game of Thrones to know winter is coming.

That opens up questions about how your interior design might be tweaked to make your home look cosy in the coldest and darkest season of the year. London architecture lends itself towards features such as high ceilings and large windows, especially in Regency era properties, so it need to be something that makes the room feel intimate and cosy wherever the space is.

Few things can do that more effectively than lots of light. As every London interior designer knows, this matters enormously in an urban setting where there is limited space, shadowy corners and the reality that at any time of year the supply of natural light may be constrained by the high density of buildings, unless you are way out in the suburbs.

A simple option would be to go for light such as fairly lights and candles. This will all be very seasonal as Christmas approaches, but also brighten up January and February. To this can be added lots of cushions, throws and rugs. These will provide extra cosiness when seated and extra sources of insulation and warmth whenever needed.

That way of doing things would be strictly seasonal: The fairy lights and throws can go back in the cupboard when the warm and light days return.

An alternative is to include more permanent lighting, with warm, soft colours. These extra lamps and fittings can be stylish and elegant, making them attractive features of the room at any time of year, even when they are not in use.

Either way, the key is to balance both the practical and the aesthetic. There are lots of great ways to make your home look good in winter, but never forget that it needs to feel warm, comfortable and sheltered from the grim weather outside.