Magazines welcome what they are terming ‘the new cosy.’ Some say it’s comforting, warm, wonderful and give us lessons in layering with soft linens, sheepskin and rugs. Other headlines declare a bolder comfort with a move away from cliché twee tartan towards a simple contemporary cosy that sooths the senses.
‘The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes’ is the ode to staying in. It redefines comfort as ‘elegantly warm, the untouched and the original’ favouring softer low lit interiors, considered design in naturally tactile materials and warmer colours. As well as the seasonal woodland grey, this season sees seventies toffee brown and russet orange with velvety midnight blue.
This nod to seventies shades chimes with the great British carpet comeback for colour on floors and comfort with wall-to-wall carpet. And the return of the drinks trolley.
‘We’re increasingly asked to use carpet by clients. I think they are bored with floorboards. Interior design is influenced by the Seventies. It won’t be long before we are all carpeting the walls and ceiling.’ Ben Pentreath
Being bored with boards is why we love the luxury of wool on our floors. Patterns are for bold comfort while Wool Barefoot by Alternative Flooring, with its deep luxury pile is the ultimate eco carpet that invites you to tread softly.