As we head into the cooler winter months, most of us will be spending more time inside our homes, which makes winter a great time to redecorate. We’ve compiled some decorating tips to help make your home more comfortable and appealing this winter.
ADD A SPLASH OF COLOR — There’s nothing like a nice bright color to lift your mood in winter. Set off your neutral shades with woolen throw rugs, and colorful cushions and wall hangings. The calming effect of green, makes it a popular decorating color while purple can give your room an air of sophistication. Blue, particularly the deep ocean variety, is undergoing a resurgence in popularity with interior designers and bright blues are the perfect complement to a white or wooden color scheme. Yellows, oranges and reds are considered warm colors and can help to lift a bleak winter’s day.
DRESS UP YOUR WINDOWS — Natural light is essential to our sense of well being. Try to maximize the most of the winter daylight by keeping obstructions away from your windows. Daytime coverings should be sheer to allow natural light through. Wooden shutters are great for winter nights because they help to retain heat and insulate against the cold. Curtains help to keep your home warm in winter but they can also set the tone for a room. Depending on which room you’re decorating, and your personal taste, why not experiment with a quirky pattern in the kitchen or bathroom or your favourite block colour in your living room?
LUXURIATE YOUR BEDROOM — We tend to sleep in a bit longer in winter so why not make your bedroom your sanctuary? Add a few luxury items and creature comforts like a soft throw rug, aromatherapy diffusers and high-quality bed linen. Create ambiance by adding lamps to your room that offer soft lighting and refrain from using your downlights. Move your bed to the middle of the space to make your room feel cozier. Switch your duvet set or bedspread for winter. Floral patterns are in fashion right now but if that’s not for you, patterns that reflect your childhood can add a sense of nostalgia to your room. Alternatively, choose a neutral shade and dress it up with a colorful throw and pillows.
COZY UP YOUR LIVING ROOMS — Dining and living rooms can be a great meeting place on a cold winter’s day. Make your dining room chairs more inviting by adding slip covers. In the living room, a sheepskin rug and soft blankets can enhance the visual appeal of your room and will help to add warmth. Since you can’t be outside as often, bring nature in. Fresh winter flowers including roses, tulips and lilies can lift a room. Incorporate natural elements such as pine cones, smooth pebbles and stones or wooden logs, which integrate beautifully in most living rooms. Warm metallics such as bronze and copper, faux fur or cow hide rugs, and leather are all on trend for winter decorating. A delightful winter smell such as cinnamon, pine or orange can help to lift your spirits when you walk into your living rooms.
KEEP YOUR FEET WARM — While your wooden, stone or tile floors help to keep you cool in summer, in winter there’s nothing worse than jumping out of a warm bed onto a cold floor. Invest in a fluffy rug for beside your bed and runners for your passageways. You can make existing rugs cozier and more visually appealing by layering a thinner, smaller rug on top. Rugs with irregular patterns are currently in vogue. If your guests generally remove their shoes before coming into your home, why not leave guest slippers at your doorstep for them to use? They’re sure to be delighted. As with curtains, having good floor coverings helps to keep your rooms warm and your energy bills down. If you’re selling property in winter, some of these tips can also help to make your home more welcoming for prospective buyers. When selling your property, it should be warm and inviting but try to keep your interior decorating style minimalist and neutral. It’s important for people to be able to visualize themselves in your home.