Right now is the time. The. Time. You know what we’re talking about. Bookended by a restless, relentless summer in the rearview mirror and the demands of the Christmas party season not long round the corner, this little part of paradise just after the clocks have gone back represents the year’s most perfect excuse to stay in. Nights are suddenly dark, there’s a bite in the air, and that sofa, blanket, PJs arrangement from this time last year needs bringing off the sub’s bench and into the game once again. There really is nothing better. With that in mind, here are 5 tips for the IDEAL cosy night in.
The changing of the seasons, the light and the temperature also seems to enact a certain change in our food cravings. Who wants a salad in these conditions? Not us, that’s for sure. Instead, it’s time for a heartier, more wholesome diet, big on game stews, low and slow braises, autumnal root veg and dark, deep sauces. And who can judge you for seeking a little comfort in the sweet stuff too? Channel those autumnal spices like cinnamon, clove and nutmeg and the most popular vegetable of the season in a classic pumpkin pie.
C’MON BABY LIGHT MY FIRE
No cosy night in is complete without a crackling fireplace; something to stare into and think about all your mistakes, or smell nostalgically, or appreciate the erratic, explosive soundtrack of. A multi sensory experience, that’s for sure. Indeed, curling up in front of the fireplace is part of the very fabric of ‘cosiness’. If you have a fireplace you’ve long since neglected, it’s time to fire it up in time for the winter season and make the most out of it.
Or, if you’ve seriously considered a fireplace to make the cold months bearable, put it on the top of your home improvement list. There are many designs to choose from if you’re not a fan of traditional: Marble Hill Fireplaces offer a range of stylish and efficient fireplaces, which can easily be positioned in any home, however you like.
LOW LIT OR NO LIT
A cosy night in with cold and harsh strip lighting or glaring overhead bulbs simply don’t belong in the same sentence or room; we’re sorry for even bringing that image to mind. Instead, opt for warm-coloured bulbs and turn on the strategically positioned lamps. If they’re at different levels and casting diverse shadows, all the better. You could even adorn the room with fairy lights if you’re looking for a more magical feature; I think we’re all in agreement about the cosy factor they bring.
Go a step further; candles can go a long way to creating a homogenous, harmonious atmosphere. For full relaxation, opt for a scented variety. Certain fragrances will work better for a warm snuggle down, such as clove or pine, which bring to mind Christmas and as such, offer the ultimate comfort blanket.
THE RIGHT SET UP
You want your designated space to be the pinnacle of relaxation, which means eliminating any risk of distraction and interruption, and ensuring that everything you need is within arm’s reach. It’s all in the set up. Choose your perfect spot in your favourite chair or sofa, surround yourself with comfy cushions and throws, and make sure refreshments are by your side and within reach. Prepare everything you need in advance and place it in the room so that you can truly lock yourself away and avoid getting up at all costs.
Anybody who can relax at home still wearing a pair of tight jeans is worthy of admiration; a mean, mean feat in these troubled times and one we have no intention of attempting. Indeed, if you’re someone who can’t (understandably) even countenance thinking about chilling out inside in outdoor clothes, then it’s an oversized winter sweater, loose jogging trousers and thick, soft socks from here on in. We’ll see you in spring!