Nothing’s better than coming home to your cozy, zen and elegant little world during those icy cold winter months. Your Airbnb & co guests are sure to agree with you after a long day of sightseeing! Without further ado, transform your interior into a cozy and authentic refuge that will offer your guests a warm welcome. Discover these 10 decorative elements that will help create that cocooning atmosphere…
1. Omnipresent Wood
In Scandinavian countries where the cocooning spirit is a way of life, interiors evoke nature with rustic materials in harmonious combination with soft elements. Wood is the key ingredient here, and you should follow their example by showcasing this material to bring warmth to your seasonal rental: light wood flooring, a low coffee table, a light fixture or any decorative item.
2. Light Hues
The cocoon world is synonymous with serenity, so avoid walls and furniture in florescent and flashy colors. Go for neutral and timeless colors, like grey, taupe, beige and auburn and elevate them by adding decorative items or textiles in bold colors. For a softer décor, opt for pastel colors: Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue by Pantone, for example, but also almond green or pastel mauve.
3. Thick Curtains
Dress your windows with double curtains to create an intimate interior that also protects you from the cold. You should favor woolly and suede-like materials, and velour, which will contribute greatly to an overall feeling of well being.
4. A Soft Rug
Some decorative items are indispensable to give warmth to a place and a rug is one of those items. Thick, smooth, soft, long-haired or wool, a rug can be placed on the ground, overlaid if possible, or hung up on the wall like a tapestry.
5. Comfy Chairs
In the spirit of home comfort, cocooning calls for rest and tranquility. Invite your guests to sit back and relax by offering them a comfortable rocking chair, cozy stools and footstools to indulge in!
6. Bouncy Cushions
Add some volume with a series of large wool, cotton or velour cushions to set on the sofa, the chairs and the bed. Keep it varied while sticking with the same color scheme.
7. Cozy Blankets
Just like cushions, blankets add to the feeling of being enveloped. Choose ones in wool, fleece or faux-fur and feel free to mix them up. You can also use a sheepskin on a sofa or a chair for a feeling of ultimate softness.
8. Subdued Lighting
Add multiple sources of light for a feeling of tranquility in each room. Lampshades add to this intimate atmosphere, but you can also play with floor lamps, table lamps, or even garland lights to filter the lighting. To bring it back to nature, try to opt for lighting that incorporates wood elements.
9. Scented Candles
You can never have too many candles. On top of adding a warm ambiance to your home with their soft lighting, they'll add pleasant fragrances throughout the house. Be careful not to go for fragrances that are too strong and could potentially bother your travellers. Choose candles in the same color scheme but of different sizes and bring them together for a theatrical effect.
10. Soft accessories
Designers are always trying to one up one another for decorative cocooning-themed items. You can now envelop your mugs, frames, mirrors, vases or even storage boxes in wool. Wood is also being used for its softness and is being used to create trendy design accessories.
You’re now ready to decorate your interior with wintery decorations that will make your Airbnb & co guests feel so cozy that they won’t want to leave your house!