Winter is actually one of my favourite times of the year, I love wearing cute boots, pretty scarves and lovely warm coats. The cold hard truth is though, it is an expensive season. If you are anything like me, you probably spend more on keeping your home warm and toasty than you’d like. When the weather turns cold and bleak outside, our home becomes a refuge. It is easier for me to hide out from cold winds and rain when my home is warm, cosy and stylish.
I have a few little interior design tips to share with you, to make every moment you spend at home in the colder months enjoyable.
CHOOSE A PLUSH CARPET FOR YOUR HOME
While I absolutely adore the wood flooring we have through most of the house, nothing makes a house feel warmer or my feet happier, than a nice thick carpet. When we were building our home, we decided to have the bedrooms carpeted for the colder months.
Look for natural fibres such as wool to provide a cosy space to curl up and relax. Wool is incredibly durable and resilient, with superior stain resistance and texture retention. Using wool carpet also softens the acoustics of the room and the natural fibres reflect light. While it can be expensive to purchase, it is well worth the investment.
USE WARM COLOURS IN YOUR DECOR
While using whites and those greys that are so “in” at the moment can make a room appear larger, but it can also make the room feel cold or sterile. Adding warmer colours that you find in nature can add instant feelings of warmth. These colours can also be energising when used in the home, so moderation is the key, either stick to areas like the hallway and kitchen, or use muted warm colours in the bedroom and lounge. Another way to add these colours through your home can be through your furnishings and decor items.
LAYERS ON YOUR BED
Beat the winter blues by adding layers to your bed. A fluffy blanket, soft cushions and a thick quilt can make your bed feel like heaven when you turn in on a cold night. These different textures add design elements to the bedroom, as well as making it feel cosy. After a day out in the cold, curling up under blankets and resting against cushy pillows will feel like the best design idea ever.
COVER UP THOSE WINDOWS
Make your home warmer and more energy efficient by installing window coverings. In winter, cold air is absorbed by the glass of your windows, drawing that cold into your home. Blinds or curains can keep warm air in and block out the cold air infiltrating through the windows. This can also help keep your heating bill down in the cold weather. Try to choose curtains that have a thick backing.
Do you have some tips to share for decorating your home in winter? I’d love to hear them, comment below 🙂