Winter is upon us in the Southern Hemisphere and while you may be turning up the heating and adding an extra blanket to your bed, your home may still be feeling cold. The layout and decor choices in your space play a big role in the ambience of your home and can be used to create warmth and energy over the cooler months. We understand it’s not realistic to entirely redecorate each season, so have compiled a few simple tips to create a cosy aesthetic for your home this winter.
For the living room, we recommend creating a space that encourages rainy days on the couch with a good book and cosy movie marathons with the family. Our picks not only create atmosphere, but make an inviting place to sink into on those chilly evenings.
Try experimenting with chunky throws and adding some extra cushions to your sofa. A mix of textures and layers creates a sense of visual warmth and are easy to change up between seasons.
Lighting changes can also be considered. While bright overhead lights create energy over those long summer nights, incorporating lamps and candles can add a sense of intimacy over winter. Choose tall, standing lamps for the lounge room and smaller table lamps for cosy reading corners. When purchasing globes, make sure you pick warm, yellow options over cool blue to increase your winter aesthetic.
Flooring & Layout
For those who have floorboards or tiles, adding a rug is not only stylish but practical. Opt for plush fur or soft hide to add warmth underfoot. Choosing deeper colours and varying textures will also aid the visual appeal. For those who are ethically conscious, faux options provide equally appealing substitute that will likely be more affordable.
It is also worthwhile monitoring the change in natural lighting. Consider moving couches and chairs into sun-filled spaces to make your home look and feel warmer. If you normally have couches and chairs against the walls, pulling them to the centre of the room can make for a cosy, inviting space. This can also be beneficial for older homes that experience cold draughts. Take note of where airflow comes from and move furniture accordingly to ensure your living room is more comfortable over the cooler months.
When it comes to winter bedroom styling, selecting new bedding is a necessity that will allow you to easily introduce a new style of decor. When purchasing sheets and doona covers, natural materials such as cotton and linen will help keep you warm but will still breathe. Gone are the days of waking up hot and uncomfortable in that flannel bedding!
Thick, fluffy doonas create the look of a luxurious, toasty escape, while heavy throws in materials such as fur and velvet incorporate a range of warming textures. When selecting your colour scheme, choose trending winter hues such as warm greys and textural black. For a highlight colour, we recommend either mustard tones which exude much needed warmth, inspiration and vitality or deep purple hues known for calming the central nervous system. Not only will this help you to feel warm, you will sleep better too!
Simple changes to your interior decor can make a huge change to how your space looks and feels as the seasons change. Focusing on textures, colours, layout and lighting will ensure your home maintains aesthetic appeal and practical comfort year round.
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