Source: Pioneer Press
Enhance Your Coziest Room For the Indoor Season
We all know which room it is; that room in the house where everyone goes to read, put their feet up, sip a cup of tea or watch the weekend sports event of choice. Typically, the coziest room in the house is a room at the end of the house; one that does not lead to another room beyond or, in other words, a destination location. People like to gather in these spaces. As the weather turns cooler and drives us indoors, why not enhance your coziest room in the house.
The most important elements in a room where people will hang out include comfortable seating and since here we’re creating essentially a wish list, I’ll say that a full length sofa is ideal. There is always a time when someone longs to stretch out and fall asleep. It is possible that this can occur in a comfortable chair with an ottoman but it isn’t quite the same. If, however, the full length sofa won’t work, the chair and ottoman combination are the best alternative. The next essential is an ample ottoman or coffee table where feet can rest. A glass top coffee table isn’t the best solution for a room like this. The slightly distressed look is a good one for this kind of space or at least a finish that is not highly polished and will show daily wear.
Good lighting is another important element. While colored lamp shades are attractive, especially in the daylight, the darker shades really cut down the light you get out of the lamp. Consider floor lamps, wall sconces or other types of lighting if table lamps don’t appeal to you or the space. End tables or other occasional tables for drinks are key elements. Also, window treatments to control the sunlight if there are many windows and a television in this space will enhance the enjoyment of this space.
Again, since this is a wish list, the item that will pull all these other elements together, anchor the room and make it feel warm and inviting is a well-chosen rug. It need not be an heirloom quality Persian Rug but a good quality, well-made, soft rug large enough to anchor the furniture will make a world of difference. Aside from the specialty rug stores, Thomas Price has a knowledgeable staff in the rug department who can help you chose a rug that’s right for your room and your budget. In addition, the home furnishings stores such as Restoration Hardware, have some good quality rugs as well.
Essential accessories would include at least one, possibly two, soft chenille throws in a warm, richly hued color for the inevitable nap. Obviously, the color is irrelevant when it comes to comfort but if this item is something you would be buying, the eye is drawn to warm, rich colors in a very satisfying way this time of year. I’ve just seen these in Pottery Barn’s fall catalog or www.potterybarn.com. I’m sure many places carry these now. Coasters for cups and glasses are important to have on hand as is the oversized coffee mug–it makes for fewer trips into the kitchen. A sturdy, handsome tray in a style that compliments your décor would be great to have and get lots of use. There were several styles advertised recently at Crate & Barrel. If traditional is more your style, go online to www.wisteria.com where there are a number of lovely trays.
So, as the light of summer fades and the days grow shorter and colder, make your coziest room in the house a little warmer and even more inviting by adding one of these essential elements. Get a good book, brew some tea and head to your destination location room. Chances are you won’t be alone for long!.