Unfortunately, we’re still some way from being free of winter, and for many that’s a rather depressing thought. Don’t despair though, while outside remains an unappealing place to be, your home should be a refuge from the cold and the darkness. Here are a few winter decorating ideas that are sure to make being at home during the chillier months far more enjoyable.
What better way to foster a warm and cosy feel in your home than by creating lots of layers. Add quilts, thick knit blankets, and extra pillows to beds, and a mix of sheepskin rugs, faux fur and wool throws in the living room. Having layered textures in a space gives it a visual warmth, as well as a luxurious look. Nothing will make you forget the inclement weather quicker than a soft rug underfoot and a comfy blanket wrapped around you. This layering is a design approach commonly seen in Scandinavian homes, and when you consider just how cold their winters are, they can’t be wrong!
Create a Cosy Nook
Squirrel yourself away in a cosy nook this winter and forget all about the wind, rain, and cold, if only for a few hours. Whether it’s a window seat, the space under the stairs, or just the corner of a room, use the layering technique above with a few throws and pillows to fashion your own little winter den.
Focus on the Fireplace
There’s nothing better on a cold winter night than a roaring fireplace. Since time immemorial humans have drawn warmth and comfort from gathering around a hearth. This winter make the fireplace/woodburner the focal point of your room by rearranging your furniture so that it faces towards it. Include a soft rug in front and you’ll have a cosy spot in the home where everyone can snuggle up.
Light a Few Candles
If you don’t have a fireplace or woodburner, you can recreate that warm, comforting glow with candles. A non-functioning fireplace can be brought back to life with some candles, or, alternatively, you could place a few tea lights on your coffee table, or pillar candles of varying sizes in the corner of a room for that hearth-like look.
Add Winter Scents
Combat winter’s grip by engaging all the senses, including smell. Fill your home with the soothing scents of the season with some potpourri or scented candles. Cinnamon, mulled wine, sweet orange, and pine are just a few of the fragrances available – let these aromas wrap themselves around you the minute you walk through the door.