5 ways to create your own cosy nooks at home


Humaira says it’s important to create an inspiration board for specific spaces such as the living room or kitchen. Photo: Humaira Zainal

Here are some pointers shared by home decor enthusiasts when it comes to sprucing up certain areas in your home:

1. Determine your style

It is important to find out what style you love best and figure out what other people are doing with that style. “Create an inspiration board for specific rooms such as a living area or kitchen, then pin everything that you want, such as pictures of sofas, rugs and curtains, before you find a common theme and colour. Once you have this guide, stick to it and do not buy anything that is not on the board, ” advises home decor enthusiast Humaira Zainal.

2. Create intentional spaces

It all depends on individual preference but fellow enthusiast Atika Omar says, as a general rule of thumb, try to create intentional spaces that cater to your needs and aesthetics. “Set up comfy spaces with a calming, comforting ambience that would be the perfect spots for you to curl up with a good book, enjoy your favourite cup of tea or open a bag of potato crisps while watching Netflix!”

Couple Safina and Naqiuddin feel it is important to visualise a space before decorating it. Photo: Instagram/rumasafinaqiCouple Safina and Naqiuddin feel it is important to visualise a space before decorating it. Photo: Instagram/rumasafinaqi

3. Think green

Adding plants at nooks and corners can really transform and brighten up the look of your living space. “Some plants are also known to have air-purifying qualities like the pothos plant. If you are a plant beginner, a pothos would be perfect for you, ” says Atika. Philodendrons are another good beginner plant to have, with easy maintenance. “I absolutely love philodendrons and the way they trail.”

4. Shop around for budget buys

Decorating your home does not have to be an expensive ordeal. There is a variety of choices and good bargains at home furnishing outlets, home decor shops and also online. “If you have a bigger budget, then you can always splurge on more expensive items. There are lots of personal shoppers for famous overseas brands too. It all comes down to your budget and preferences, ” says Atika. Learning how to DIY can also save you quite a bit of money, Humaira adds.

5. Visualise your space

Couple Safina Razak and Naqiuddin Afiq feels it is important to visualise a space before decorating it.

“Take screenshots of spaces you love, study the colours, patterns and items you like, and try to visualise it before actualising it. It is much easier to visualise your idea than imagining it in your mind.

I use the Coohom app to visualise my idea in 3D. It helps us a lot when discussing how to place our furniture based on our floor layout, ” they say.

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