Winter is coming. The weather outside will be frightful heading into the cooler months, and we will all most likely be gathering with family and friends inside to warm up during the holidays. Don’t let the dropping temperatures drag you down, here are some tips to help you redecorate your space to bring some warmth inside your home and create your own cozy winter refuge.
1. Warm up those windows
If you are feeling a chill in the air, insulate your windows! Dress them up with drapes using heavy fabric that matches your existing style. When drawn during cold weather, drapes can reduce heat loss from a warm room by up to 10%. To reduce heat exchange or convection, hang them as close to the windows as possible a let them fall onto the windowsill or the floor.
2. Fuzzy floors
Hardwood, tile or stone floors are great in the summer months but during winter…. not so much. Add a fluffy area rug in your living area – or any area you see fit really – to warm up those feet and make the room feel much cozier.
3. Fire it up
If you have a fireplace be sure to rearrange your furniture towards it. This will create a warm and cozy gathering spot for friends and family. They will surely appreciate the warmth and ambiance the fireplace provides. To give it an extra flare add textured pillows and throw blankets to stay warm and snuggly regardless of whether there is a fire going or not.
Don’t have a fireplace? Have no fear. Candles are great too. Place candles strategically around the room to achieve the same warmth and glow.
4. Bring nature indoors
Bring the outdoors inside, because why not enjoy a touch of nature in the warmth of your own home. Think sprigs of evergreens, birch branches, twigs of bright red winterberries, pinecones, etc. There are so many ways to display and arrange these items inside your home during winter. Whether it be a DIY or store bought decor have fun with it!
5. Warm inviting smells
Décor and accessories can go a long way towards cozying your home, but filling your home with smells of the season is important too. A bowl of potpourri consisting of cinnamon, pine needles or evergreens can do the trick or you prefer diffusing essential oils PaLoHa Essentials has a post about wonderful winter essential oil blends you can try, here. Additionally, there are so many scent options offered in candles from various brands, they can range from earthy scents to sweet candy cane, the hardest part is picking them out.