5 ways to create a chillout corner at home

Fact: there are still 21 days until spring. But bring on the snow, wind and rain – because in winter, home’s where we hibernate. Make the most of your space in the colder months by creating a chillout corner. Here’s how.

1. Set up your spot

Pick a chair

A comfortable armchair should be your starting point. Interior designer Alexandra Valla recommends tactile materials: “I love the blush pink Frame armchair. I completely fell in love with the velvet - it’s such a comfy and cosy fabric.”

Design alternatives

Feeling decadent? Make like Cleopatra with a facing chaise. Pouffes are an option if you’re working with reduced space, and a bedside table is a neat place to put your book. Shiny metals like brass, copper and chrome contrast perfectly with the opulence of velvet.

2. Get cosy

Treat yourself

Take your space to the next level of snug with cushions, textiles and candles. Choose a few pot plants to add greenery. Accessorise with sheepskin throws, a rug, and voila! Your corner oasis is well on its way.

Get the light right

When it comes to lighting, mix it up, says journalist and author Kate Watson-Smyth. “You need to layer lighting in your home. Don’t rely on just one overhead light. You should have a floor light over your sofa for reading, as well as task lights throughout your home.”

3. Make the space your own

Fill your spot with your favourite novels, magazines and art. “It’s nice to look round your home and be reminded of something from your childhood, or see treasured travel finds, or something you were given for a birthday or Christmas present”, says wedding planner and founder of Knot & Pop Susie Young.

4. Keep your favorite books and magazines tidy

Copper wire bins and baskets make cheap, stylish storage for your reading material. “I have too many books and no library to display them properly”, says web editor-in-chief Katrin Swartenbroux, who displays her favorite magazines on a carousel.

5. Relax

Mood music

Get into the right frame of mind with some chill-friendly tracks. Here are a few to get you started. The musical trip continues on Spotify:

1. Father John Misty - Nancy From On Now

2. Beach House - Space Song

3. Bonobo - Cirrus

Book hunting

If you’re on the lookout for your next page-turner, Bloomsbury’s London Review Bookshop is bursting with literary gems. Or check out the carefully curated selection at Pages of Hackney. For second-hand, you can’t beat Bookmongers in Brixton.

Literary adaptations

Still stuck for inspiration? The 2018 Oscar nominees list is full of literary adaptations that’ll have you itching to read the books that inspired them - including the powerful Call Me by Your Name and Mudbound (on Netflix now).

Article written by: Manon Folligan

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