Who doesn’t love to come home to a warm, inviting and comfortable living room during the cold and icy winter months? During the cold month’s of winter you might want to try these ideas to cozy up your home.
Changing the positioning of your furniture. You can inspire feelings of warmth and togetherness if you move your furniture closer together in the room. Creating specific areas that lend themselves to close conversation is one plus of putting the pieces in closer range. You can have two or more pieces of furniture face each other or arrange your pieces in a circular shape around a center focal point. For a larger area, you can create the feeling of a more intimate and welcoming setting by putting a circular oriental rug in the area where the furniture is placed.
Use layering to give warmth to the room. When it turns cold outside, we tend to layer up our clothes to keep warm. You can use this same piece of advice with your decorating. Layering window treatments and table cloths is a great way to add warmth to the room. Valances for the windows and decorative fabric toppers on the table can add a touch of the season to your space. For the bathroom, layering towels with two layers or more will also work and it will give you some extra space.
Use elements inspired by nature in your design. The main things that are missing during the winter months are the elements in nature that we associate with warmer climes. Add some “green” decor from the outdoors to your home wherever possible. Some great ideas for incorporating this look are bamboo products, sculptures made of stone, and furnishings made from unfinished wood. Adding living indoor plants to the mix that do well in colder weather will also help to fill up an empty space with something green and natural.
Tip #4 – Add Candles Candles not only add an elegant and fashionable look to your home, they also provide an inexpensive source of heat and light. Try lighting several candles in your living room and avoid the lamps which will sure to be a great conversation starter. You can use candles as centerpieces on tables in smaller rooms. If you have a larger space to work with, consider placing candles on the walls as this adds to the lighting in your room.
Choose material that is cushiony and comfortable. By dominating the space with fabrics that are soft and thick, you’ll be creating a feeling of warmth in the room. The most commonly used materials during the winter season for slipcovers and throws are velvet, wool, and fleece. You can also add warmth to the room with area rugs. The way in which the majority of area rugs are constructed today are with good quality, thick pile so the only thing you’ll need to worry about is which style to choose. A less expensive alternative but equally useful is area rugs made of cotton or jute.
Tip #6 – Gravitate Toward Warmer Colors The colors that you choose for your living room will create a visual feeling of warmth. The color palette for winter should mainly center on colors in the red to yellow range. These warm colors are usually stronger, so consider striking a balance with some accent colors around the room. For example, winter colors can be combined with a blue throw or a green area rug or with earth tones such as beige or brown.