How To Create A Warm And Cosy Home

April 22, 2024 - 4 min read 


There’s nothing quite like curling up under a comfy throw on a blustery winter’s night. But did you know that there’s science behind why certain textures, colours and shapes make our surroundings feel cosier than others?

“In winter, your home should feel like a big, warm embrace,” says Sydney design psychologist Kylie Sandland. “That’s why interior design strategies to promote comfort and calm are just as important as heating for creating a cosy, welcoming home.”

With some expert tips from Kylie and Melbourne interior designer Emma Holmes, we’ll show you how to create the ultimate feel-good winter retreat, inspired by this year’s big decor trends. We’ve also got the top electric heating essentials from Dyson, Delonghi, Dimplex, Rinnai and Noirot to keep you toasty all season. Now… let’s get your home winter-ready!

a woman sitting in bed with her cat and her book

Step #1: Hone Your Heating 

All the scented candles in the world won’t make you feel cosy if your house feels like a fridge. One of the fastest, easiest and most cost-effective ways to thaw out is with a portable heater. “The big benefits of portable electric heaters are their plug-in-and-go convenience and their energy efficiency,” says Scott Bazley, The Good Guys Buyer – Seasonal. “You can heat rooms as you need them, rather than the whole house, and many heater models now come with electronic climate control to maintain precise temperatures.”

“One of the fastest, easiest and most cost-effective ways to thaw out is with a portable heater.”

Step #2: Portable Heaters For Winter Comfort 

Settle in for snugglier nights indoors with the De'Longhi 2400w Dragon 4 Oil Column Heater with Timer. This heater delivers long-lasting heat quickly and has a thermal cut-off to prevent overheating. Like apartment living? The Dimplex 2kW Tall Ceramic Heater is also a great option for smaller living spaces.

When it comes to creating a cozy atmosphere, don’t forget about colours and textures you use in your décor. Earthy colours like rich browns, tangy tumerics, and deep greens can make a significant difference when creating a calm and inviting space. “We’re all innately drawn to colours found in nature because our connection to nature is wired into our DNA and we find them very calming,” explains Kylie Sandland.

Whether you’re curled up with a book or entertaining guests, a warm and inviting home is the perfect place to spend the winter season. Deck out your space with earth tone bedding, blankets and decor and keep those cosy vibes coming with a handy portable heater to ward off the chill.

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EWT 2.4kW Cocoon Oil Column Heater

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Step #3: Cosy Up To Curves

Everything from curved sofas and tables to mirrors and sculptural heating appliances are on trend this year. Introduce an inviting softness to your home with a few sensual, curved accessories, suggests Emma Holmes. “For a really warm and cosy space, you want your eye to trace the edges of a soft, circular rug or an outsized ceramic urn,” she says.

Clear The Air With A Purifier

Winter’s closed windows can lead to stale, stuffy air. Freshen up and enjoy purified, heated air in any chilly room with a sculptural Dyson purifier, such as the Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool HP07 White/Silver or the Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool HP07 Black/Nickel.  

“Delivering medical-grade air filtration, the Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool removes those microscopic culprits that can cause respiratory health issues and unwanted odours,” says Scott Bazley. “You can also control it from anywhere, via an app on your smartphone.”

a mum reading her soon a book while they have the air purifier going

Step #4: Embrace Your Soft Side

“Soft materials like fur, velvet, silk and leather are linked to calm and happy emotions,” says Kylie Sandland. “To create a cosy, happy home, decorate with layers of soft textures in the form of rugs, curtains, cushions, leather chairs and throws.”

“And switch out your accessories seasonally to celebrate winter,” suggests Emma Holmes. “You might go from a handwoven jute rug to a shag pile rug that’s a lot warmer and softer underfoot, or bring out a chunkier throw for your bed.”

Better yet, snap up a machine-washable Homedics Heated Throw Blanket Grey and take the heat with you from the couch to your bed. Bliss!

Step #5: How’s The Serenity?

Working at home through winter? A discreet panel heater will let you work, study or rest in peace thanks to the electric element that operates without a fan to thaw out frosty fingers and toes.

The Rinnai 1500W Panel Heater lets you enjoy the warmth in comfy silence – set the 24-hour programmable timer to turn on before you get home to take the edge off the cold.

The Noirot 2000W Spot Plus Panel Heater will keep your set temperature within a precise 0.1 ℃ for ultimate comfort. Fix it to a wall, or move it around your home on the easy-glide castors.

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Rinnai 2200W Panel Heater

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Step #6: Light For Happy

“Studies show warmer lighting reduces heart rate and helps us feel relaxed,” says Kylie Sandland. “To create the soothing experience of cosiness in your home, decorate with candlelight, lamps with warm-coloured globes or a fireplace.”

Enjoy the luxury feel of a working fireplace without the fuss – the Dimplex 2kW Casper Black Electric Fire uses a lava rock-style fuel bed and an LED effect for a warming glow.


Ready to welcome winter? Visit us in-store or online for the best portable heaters to beat the chill. For more advice on home heating, check out our detailed Buying Guide.

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