8 WAYS TO WARM THE HOME
Combat the cold with these quick and easy styling solutions.
Beat the chill by building on your already existing look. There’s no need to reinvent your entire home, instead: drape a plush throw over the couch, scatter additional cushions to cosy up to, and replace those light kilims with sheepskins to create a cocoon-like living space.
2. SNUGGLE UP TO TEXTURE
With the above point in mind – don’t forget to play with tactile finishes for added interest. We’re drawn to wood furniture with a rough-hewn look this winter. It adds instant warmth with rich shades, and complements other touch-me textures such as dense velvet, soft shags, knits, and buttery leather.
3. LET THERE BE LIGHT
In a country that beams with natural light 365 days a year, the glow of task and mood lighting is often a last thought in the home. These dreary months are the best time to put your table and floor lamps to work to create cosy areas in large, open-plan spaces. Dot rooms with tea light candles or faux candlelight for instant mood.
Sheepskins are beautiful underfoot warmth
for kids in bedrooms or play rooms.
4. STYLE WITH WARM COLOUR
Watercolours and pretty pastels that dominated during spring and summer aren’t doing your cosy cavern any favours. Heat things up with warm and earthy shades such as: chocolate, terracotta, wine, and forest. Midnight blues, moody greys and charcoal are always welcome touches during the cool season, but don’t go too heavy on the shadowy shades – no one wants a dark den. Think small accents such as cushions, or accent colour in floor rugs.
5. CREATE A COSY BEDROOM
Don’t fight icy layers when you’re trying to sleep. Replace light sheets with indulgent flannelette in the bedroom. Swap out your summer quilt for weight-free warmth found in one that features a high down-to-feather ratio. The loose structure of down conforms to the body and traps heat, keeping you cosy while feeling light and fluffy.
Dimmer switches make it easy to create cosy
living rooms. Perfect for movie nights!
6. RUG UP
Tired of stepping onto cold floorboards every morning? A plush rug is your instant fix. Frame your bed with a cosy underfoot design that pops out at either end. Add a textural rug to living spaces and hallways to add colour and warmth to rained-in days.
7. PLAY WITH SCENT
Scented room diffusers and candles create a cosy, welcoming feel to winter retreats with warming notes such as: sandalwood, cinnamon, orange, and mulled spices just to name a few. A quick online search offers a multitude of DIY natural room scents for a weekend project.
8. INVEST IN QUALITY
Opting for natural fibres as opposed to synthetic fibres is a worthwhile investment. Natural fibres defy the cold while being softer on the skin, less likely to cause irritation or allergies, and longer lasting than acrylic or nylon materials.
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