When it’s hot outdoors, you want your home to be as uncluttered and comfortable as possible, without any additional layers that could trap moisture or heat. Yet when the weather becomes chilly, you’ll want to put on those layers again so that the house will feel warm and inviting. The good news is that it won’t take much effort on your part to transform your home into one that is warm and welcoming during the winter.
Turning your house into a cozy getaway for the winter requires only a few minor adjustments, such as putting a basket of slippers by the front door and using dimmer lights. Here are some simple suggestions for making your home feel more inviting.
Bring Your Bedding Up to Date
Cotton and linen are wonderful fabrics to wear in the summer, but when it comes to winter, flannel is where it’s at! Make the switch from your cool sateen sheets to ones made of a material that will keep the warmth in, such as flannel or jersey. While doing it, fold a comforter or blanket over the foot of your bed and keep it there so you’ll have something available for the coldest nights.
Make the Switch to Cozy Throw Pillows
At long last, a justification for spending on a plush, opulent pillow! Put one or two throw pillows with a different texture on your couch, or switch out the covers on the pillows you already have to make the room appear and feel more inviting. Also available are fabrics with a nubby boucle texture, wooly cable knit, and luxurious velvet. And don’t forget to bring the faux fur throw!
Put Some Heat on Your Feet
While it’s warm outside, a sisal or flat-weave rug is perfect, but you’ll want something with a little more pile in the winter. Consider stacking smaller area rugs in strategic locations such as next to the bed, under the coffee table, or in front of your favorite reading chair if you do not have the funds for a large area rug.
Think about Using Dim Lights
Since it gets dark earlier in the evenings, your bed may start to look more appealing to you before it is actually time to go to sleep. If you have adequate lighting, you will be better able to fight off that temptation and keep to your regular sleep routine. Installing LED lights with a warm tone gives table lamps a brightness similar to that of a candle that isn’t overbearing but is yet bright enough to keep you awake.
Bring Some Coziness to Your Windows
Consider replacing your sheer linen curtains with velvet drapes or any other heavy curtain with a thermal lining if you currently have sheer linen curtains. In addition to giving the impression of coziness and warmth, they will prevent chilly air from entering the room through drafty old windows.
Consider Replacing Your Couch Slipcover
If you already have a couch with a slipcover, or even if you don’t, but your sofa is a standard size, you might consider getting a new slipcover for it when the cooler weather arrives. If you want the living room to have a warmer atmosphere, choose a fabric that is softer than the typical pristine white cotton and paint it in a deep jewel tone.
Kitchen Linens Should Be Layered
Start small and work your way up: place a small kitchen rug in front of the sink, cover the breakfast table with a runner or tablecloth, and cover your metal or wooden cafe chairs with linen slipcovers. When you have anything to place between yourself and the bare wood or tile, the temperature will feel a little bit more comfortable.
There are many ways to make your home cozier. By adding personal touches, like photos and plants, and making sure your furniture is comfortable and inviting, you can create a space that feels like your little oasis. Additionally, paying attention to the lighting and temperature in your home can go a long way in making it feel cozy.
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