Create Warmth And Texture with Rich Colors
Many interior decorating schemes rely way too heavily on light colors that include white and various shades of cream. Because these colors are often thought of as cool colors, they can actually contribute to fostering a chillier looking interior. Warm things up by using a variety of warm colors throughout your rooms. Warm colors can include everything from red to orange to brown and purple, and can be utilized in things like carpets and tapestries to throw pillows and wall art.
Thicken Up Your Window Treatments
During the spring and summer, many home owners like to encourage a lot of cross flow and ventilation through open windows. This also fosters well lit interiors and plenty of sunlight. But as daylight hours begin to wane and windows need to be shuttered up, consider swapping your light linen window treatments with thicker, warmer drapes. You can even find window treatments that feature insulating materials that will keep warm air inside, where it belongs.
Remember those quilted throws that your grandmother got you for your birthday a couple years back? The ones that you've kept in your closet ever since? Well, winter is the season to bust these out, along with all of your other throws, quilts and various blankets, and use them for winter decor. Feel free to use throws to add texture and depth to your furniture pieces, such as your couches or love seats. In addition to looking cozy, they can also keep you warm when the time comes to snuggle up!
Nothing says warm and cozy quite like a roaring fireplace, especially in the midst of chilly and inclement temperatures. The weather outside may be frightful, but the fire makes sure that things are delightful. Whether or not you have a working fireplace, you can make sure this vision is a reality. You can find a virtual fireplace quite easily at your local home improvement store. These units feature realistic flames created by moving lights, and also often include heating units to double as space heaters. Use one of these units in a chilly room to warm things up both visually and temperature-wise!
Use Seasonal Plants for Decoration
One way to really bring out a holiday feel is to use plants that are traditionally associated with the holidays in your decorative schemes. Take a small pine tree, for example, and place it in a planter or clay pot by the door to your home. For a festive twist, add some small ornaments or tinsel to the tree. You don't need to stick to the holidays in using these plants, either. Try wrapping a garland of holly around a table centerpiece or place red poinsettas in a clear vase on a side table for an inspired look.
Replace Accents with Season Appropriate Replacements
A particularly easy way to update your home for the winter is to simply replace some of your smaller accent pieces with something more seasonally appropriate. For instance, if you have a framed photo of your family at the beach on a living room wall, consider replacing it with a similarly framed photo of your family at a ski resort. You could also take this idea to things like carpets and linens.
Center Furniture Around Warm Spaces
When winter starts to roll around, you would be remiss if you only redecorated your walls. Use the cold weather as an opportunity to reformat your current furniture layout. If you have a fireplace, consider pulling your furniture out from the walls and gather it around the hearth. Similarly, if there is a spot that gets a lot of light and warmth from the sun, place furniture around that area to keep warm.
Use Wreaths All Winter Long
Wreaths are not just for the December holidays. You can actually get a lot of mileage out of decorative wreaths all winter long. Wreaths can come in a variety of different decors that use creative winter-themed materials and plants. Try finding a wreath that will correspond with your current winter decor.
Get Some Extra Winter Bedding
The cold weather that naturally comes along with winter often involves higher heating bills and chilly nights. Be prepared for the cold weather with some extra warm blankets that double as stylish winter decorative pieces. Some particularly warm types of blankets include wool and polyester filled quilts.
Place Candles in Strategic Locations
In addition to providing warmth, a candle will create a soft and cozy glow that enhances any winter decor. Try to use candles that feature scents that remind you of the season, including pine, cinnamon and cranberry. Find strategic locations to place the candles. Side tables, coffee tables and fireplace mantels are perfect locations for a few candles.