How to Make Your Room Cosy This Winter

A cosy room is a must for winter. But sometimes it's difficult to turn a drab student room into an oasis of comfort.

Elizabeth Meade
14th February 2022
Growing up in the woods, I have plenty of experience with cosy winters. There's nothing like sitting in front of the fireplace with a warm drink and a view of a snowy forest out the window. However, we don't all live in the forests of northern Virginia. How can you make your room cosy in winter, no matter your location?

While Pinterest may lead you to think that every university student has a twin-size bed that is half bed and half throw pillows, that's not practical for most students. Instead, I have a couple of inexpensive pillows I ordered in first year, plus two small, square throw pillows with fuzzy green and orange pillowcases. They add some colour to my grey-and-black duvet cover and I can sit up against them while I'm working.

Fleece pillowcases are also amazing. I have two with woodland creatures on them and a similar blanket with moose on it. My mother made these for me as a gift, but you can probably find something similar online. The warm material makes a big difference on cold nights.

Besides the nice finishing touches, I think it's important to have a warm fluffy blanket and a good duvet.

While small LED lights taped to the wall might seem very 2012 Tumblr to some, I think they are timeless. I have some above my desk and they give the corner a gentle glow and a charming character, especially when I don't want the brightness of the overhead light. Some residences do not allow the type that plug into the wall, so I recommend the ones that come with a battery pack.

Residences also typically don't allow candles, so I use the battery-powered tealights. It's not the same as having a roaring fireplace or my favourite candle that smells like green winter plants, but the flickering lights are still very relaxing.

Residences also typically don't allow candles, so I use the battery-powered tealights.

Besides the nice finishing touches, I think it's important to have a warm fluffy blanket and a good duvet. These are essential to staying warm in Newcastle's cold winters. While I do like the cold weather, that ultimately does not stop me from burrowing under the blankets like a snake in hibernation.

While you may have different opinions on how to make your room cosy, I recommend focusing on warmth and a few touches of brightness during this bleak season.

Festure image credit: @ShashiChaturvedul, Unsplash

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AUTHOR: Elizabeth Meade
(she/her) Head of Current Affairs (News, Campus Comment, Comment, Science). Chemistry major. Avid reader. Chaos theorist. Amateur batrachologist and historian. Rock fan. Likes cybersecurity and cooking. Wrote the first article for Puzzles. Probably the first Courier writer to have work featured in one of Justin Whang's videos.

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