White and bright spaces may be our jam. But lately, I must confess to being drawn to photos featuring a more cozy, moody interior. Maybe it's because of the shortened days in fall (and even shorter in winter!). Or maybe it's because Halloween is tomorrow! Who knows?! All I know, is that, as of late, my priority is to make spaces as cozy as possible and embrace the darkness. Here are some tips for creating a moody, yet oh so cozy, interior for yourself.
Obviously, darker colours are a straight shot to a cozy, calming moody interior. But, believe it or not, you can absolutely have a moody white interior too. It has a lot to do with your lighting (see next point) and what colours FEEL calming to you. A deep red wall may never feel restful and cozy to some, and others will swear that white is not boring whatsoever! Everyone associates colours with different emotions. Just keep in mind that when choosing colours in your home, think about the tone and saturation. And consider more than just the walls. I love to keep my walls white but then bring in moodier colours in my accessories.
When creating a moody interior, you want just the right amount of natural light filtering through. Embrace the shadows. And when natural light isn't an option (the sun goes down sooo early in the winter here), have pockets of light that can create those intimate spaces. Dimmer switches are handy, as are candles, task lighting and even twinkle lights accenting an accessory or doorway.
A space can become so moody with the right kind of tactile additions.Things that look, feel and smell good are the best to play with. For instance, a cozy leather couch looks even more restful with a soft pillow or two. Curling up in your favourite chunky knit feels amazing and smelling cookies baking in the oven just makes a home feel like home. All of those things create that "stay awhile" mood. I would be remiss to forget sound too - a great itunes playlist while you bake those cookies is the most comforting.
Typically, a more eclectic style will lend to a moodier space. The objects you bring into your home reflect your personality but also contribute a great deal to the coziness of a room. Think about the collections you own, the books on display, the art on the walls. With Justine, has an incredible collection of records, and having that stack on display instantly creates a cozy vibe. Not every object needs to be shiny and new. A little bit of history is great in any space and definitely adds to a moody interior.
A touch of the unexpected or a moment of quirk are what every home needs. I love it when things aren’t styled perfectly, or 100% neat. Having those imperfections throughout your home is the best! For instance, a linen duvet gets all creased and lined. Rather than trying to make it look perfect, embracing the lived in look makes the bed more inviting. Imperfections like this are exactly what a cozy space needs...something genuine and real.