Styling your home to ensure it’s ready for winter
Winter has arrived at our doorstep here in Aus! This signals the perfect opportunity to share my top recommendations for preparing your home for the colder months.
Layering up with cushions & throws: When it comes to winter, the saying “less is more” takes a backseat, especially when it comes to our beloved sofa and Netflix subscription. If your sofa doesn’t already resemble a cloud, it’s time to add more layers!
In the realm of cushions, there are a couple of personal favourites that perfectly capture the essence of winter comfort. The Heavy Linen Hazelnut Cushion and the Vintage Linen Fringe Cushion in Tobacco by Aura Home are top contenders. Their warm tones are simply perfect for creating a toasty and inviting ambience in your home during winter.
Don’t be shy about layering up with cushions and throws. Pile on a variety of textures, patterns, and sizes to create a cosy haven for relaxation. Experiment with chunky knits, soft faux fur, or plush velvet materials to enhance the tactile experience.
By indulging in cushion and throw layering, you’ll transform your sofa into an irresistible sanctuary. You’ll want to snuggle up, unwind, and fully embrace the comfort and warmth of winter.
Make sure you rug up: If you haven’t already invested in a rug for your living room, you’ll likely find the cold months more challenging. Particularly if your flooring consists of hard surfaces such as timber, tiles, or concrete instead of carpet. Adding a rug to your living room can have a remarkable impact on the temperature of your home. It will insulate the floor and reduce heat loss. Not only will it help maintain a comfortable environment, but the warmth of the rug will also keep your feet toasty.
While less common, incorporating a rug into your bedroom can also make a significant difference. Imagine the joy of stepping out of bed on freezing cold mornings and having a plush, cozy rug beneath your feet.
By introducing rugs into your living room and bedroom, you’ll enhance the overall comfort of your home. You’ll also create a welcoming space that shields you from the chill of winter. So, rug up and enjoy the added warmth and cosiness they bring to your living spaces.
Think about your colour palette: The colours that surround you on a daily basis play a significant role in shaping the overall atmosphere of your home. As winter sets in, it’s important to create a cosy and warm ambience. One way to achieve this is by introducing warmer tones into your colour palette. Say goodbye to the light and airy summer colours and welcome earthy hues that exude a sun-kissed warmth.
Consider replacing cool shades with inviting warm whites, comforting beiges, and tones reminiscent of sun-drenched landscapes. These earthy hues will infuse your space with a sense of coziness and create a soothing environment during the winter months.
By carefully curating your colour palette, you can transform your home into a sanctuary that radiates warmth and comfort, making it the perfect retreat from the cold outside.
Layers in the bedroom too: If your bed only consists of a fitted sheet, it’s time for a change. Particularly during winter, incorporating additional layers is key. While it may take a little more time to make your bed each morning, the ultimate reward comes when you slip into it at night. So, do yourself a favour and create a cosy sanctuary. Here’s how:
Start with a fitted sheet as the foundation. Add a top sheet for an extra layer of comfort and warmth. And of course, don’t forget your quilt, which you can even upgrade to a heavier one if needed. This will provide the perfect snuggle-worthy cocoon for those chilly nights.
To enhance the cosy vibe, find a textured throw that complements your bedroom’s aesthetic. In winter, knitted options or faux fur throws can add a touch of luxury and warmth.
By incorporating these layers, you’ll create an inviting haven where you can unwind and enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep, surrounded by comfort and style.
Create mood lighting in your home: When it comes to those cozy Netflix and chill evenings, having the right mood lighting in your home is essential. Whether it’s a striking statement lamp nestled in the corner of your living room or investing in beautifully scented candles, you can effortlessly create an atmosphere of warmth and relaxation.
By carefully selecting and arranging your lighting elements, you can elevate your Netflix and chill nights to a whole new level of comfort and enjoyment. So, sit back, relax, and immerse yourself in your favourite shows and movies, enveloped in the perfect mood lighting.
To learn more about how to choose the right lighting for your home, check out my top tips to decorating your home.
A day spa in your bathroom: With the extra time we tend to spend at home during these months, why not treat yourself to some well-deserved pampering? Among all the rooms in our homes, the bathroom often gets overlooked. We view it primarily as a functional space, neglecting its potential for stylish touches. However, by following the aforementioned tips and incorporating a few additional ideas, you can transform your bathroom into a haven of relaxation.
Start by layering towels and bath mats, adding depth and texture to the space. Introduce warm tones and enhance the ambience with extra candles for those blissful bath nights. Consider investing in luxurious products that not only cater to your self-care needs but also serve as stylish elements. For instance, explore the exquisite hand and body wash bundles offered by Al.ive Body. These bundles boast captivating colours that can be seamlessly incorporated into your bathroom’s existing colour scheme, elevating its overall aesthetic. Treat yourself to this delightful combination of self-care and design.
Invest in your cosy nook: Many of us have an armchair tucked away in our bedrooms or living rooms, but often it remains under-utilised. Sometimes it even becomes a hidden treasure beneath a pile of clothes awaiting laundry. It’s time to break this habit and truly appreciate the potential of that chair. I’m willing to bet you absolutely adore it too. Perhaps it’s that eye-catching statement chair you simply couldn’t resist, even if its primary appeal was aesthetic rather than functional.
Now, let’s enhance its functionality by pairing it with a side table where you can place your glass of wine, tea, or coffee. Add an ottoman where you can rest your feet and delve into a good book. By investing in this cozy corner of your home, believe me, you’ll find yourself gravitating towards it more and more.
Do some DIY: As winter keeps us cosy indoors, it’s the perfect opportunity to dedicate some time to DIY projects. Embrace the fun side by grabbing a canvas, paints, and unleashing your creativity to craft a personalised artwork that you can proudly frame and display on your wall. For families with children, this presents an excellent chance to embark on an enjoyable group project and engage everyone. If you feel uncertain about your artistic abilities, consider exploring the idea of painting a captivating feature wall with a moody ambience.
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By following these nine tips, you’ll transform your guest bedroom into a warm and inviting sanctuary, ensuring that every guest feels right at home.