When it's hot outdoors, you want your home to be light and airy, with no extra layers to trap moisture or keep heat in. When it becomes colder, however, you'll want to put those clothes back on to keep the house warm and comfy.
If you have lovely floors, ceiling beams or panelling, divided wood windows, a lovely mantle, and/or thick panelling or plaster on your walls, consider yourself blessed! You've got the comfort built-in, so you can let the architecture take centre stage. However, if your architecture makes you feel cold, or if you simply want to fill your room with all things warm and fuzzy, you can use comfy fabrics, furniture, and accessories.
Here are a few pointers on how to create the perfect warm and inviting atmosphere.
Update your bedsheets
For the summer, crisp cotton and linen are ideal, but for the winter, flannel is the way to go! Swap out your pristine sateen sheets for flannel or jersey linens that will keep you toasty.
Small luxuries, like cushions and throws, can be brought in. Changing your pillow covers is one of the simplest ways to update the look, feel, and seasonal design of your room. At all times of the year, blankets and throws are a must-have in our home! If you don't like the look of draping across an ottoman, sofa, or chair, simply keep them in a nice basket while not in use. They create an instant feeling of cosiness in your home!
Rugs can save your warm feet from contacting cold floors. Using rugs on your extremely cold floors is one of the most effective ways to warm up your home. If you don't have the funds for a large area rug, stack smaller rugs in key locations such as next to the bed, beneath the coffee table, or in front of your favourite reading chair.
Lighting plays an important role
Fit table lamps with warm-toned LED lights to provide a comfortable candle-lit glow that will keep you awake without the harsh overhead lighting. When contrasted by brilliant light, textures will feel much warmer and cosier! Battery-operated candles and string lights will add a touch of Hygge to your space. Arrange them on shelves or in glass vases. To create a romantic atmosphere, use table and floor lamps or plug-in wall lights. Mirrors can also bounce light back into a space, making it feel cosier.
Try a new slipcover for the colder months if you have a slip-covered couch—or even if you don't, but your sofa is a standard size. To make the living area feel cosier, choose a deep jewel tone and a softer fabric than your normal pristine white cotton.
Consider replacing your sheer linen curtains with velvet drapes or any heavier curtain with a thermal liner if you usually have sheer linen curtains. They'll not only make a room look warm and inviting, but they'll also insulate it by preventing cold air from pouring in at night via outdated windows.