Add warmth to your home with these cosy winter decorating ideas.
The grey skies and wet mornings of winter are beginning to set in, and with the cooler weather comes a need to spice up our homes and make them cosy. The change in season provides us with the perfect excuse to give our homes a little makeover, and it can be as easy as laying down a few rugs and incorporating some warm hues. Here’s five quick cosy winter interior decorating ideas that will help you feel snug as a bug in no time.
1. INCORPORATE COLOUR & TEXTURE
If you are considering purchasing some new homewares for the winter, re-evaluate your interior colour scheme. This season calls for rich, saturated colours such as dark green, jewel tones, reds or oranges. Similarly, fabric selection echoes the opulence of winter, with velvet, wool, cashmere and (faux) fur being the options of choice to channel warmth and texture into a room.
2. ADD GREENERY
In South Africa, winter is the season where our cultural desire for outdoor living is suppressed by gusty winds, frost-bitten lawns and icy evenings. Bring a little of the outside in by way of hardy indoor plants, or buy a bunch of flowers every week at your local farmers market to bring a sunny disposition to the dreariest of corners.
3. REARRANGE AND RECONSIDER
Change is as good as a holiday, and winter can have even the jolliest of snowmen dreaming of exotic places. Cast an eye over your living, dining and bedrooms and examine if there is any other way the space could be laid out. Could you rearrange seating to encourage conversation, or to gather around an open fireplace? Create new vignettes of vessels and trinkets on the sideboard in your dining room. Maybe you want to cozy up your bedroom with a textured bedhead? Sometimes rearranging a space, or simply the accessories filling it is enough to breathe new life into an old arrangement.
4. LAYER UP
One of the quickest ways to cozy up your home is to introduce layers. Things like throw rugs, cushions, faux sheepskins, floor rugs and heavy curtains all bring an element of coziness to a room and you’ll have all creature comforts within arm’s reach.
Winter days are shorter than their summer counterparts, but don’t be discouraged. Use the lack of natural light as an opportunity to create atmosphere with different kinds of lighting. Try lamps, candles and look for bulbs with warmer tones for overhead lighting to give a warmer overall cast to a room. If your lamps have exposed bulbs, perhaps try integrating vintage decorative ones.