Winter is here (brrrrr!) and with it
comes ice, wind and snow! It’s the perfect time to “nest” at home! But is
your home a friendly and cozy place for those you love? Or is your décor
so gloomy that people go outside just to warm up? Here are some ways to
make your home a warm and inviting shelter this winter:
1. Add pillows
and accessories with splashes of rich warm colors such as reds, oranges and
2. Bring in some fall foliage or pine boughs in wreathes or table
arrangements. They are especially effective over the fireplace.
cozy, soft and plush fabrics in cushions and upholstery that you want to
snuggle up to – velvets, mohair and chenille.
4. Throw warm afghans,
quilts or down throws over chairs and sofas to invite cuddling. The layering
of fabrics adds richness and texture to the room.
5. Place candles
with spicy scents around the home – vanilla or cinnamon evoke feelings of
comfort. Place mirrors behind the candles to magnify the candle’s warmth and
reflection. Candlelight always softens and warms a room.
6. Place a
colorful welcome rug at the front door. How about a bright red one?
Layer oriental or kilim rugs on the floor to add texture, dimension and
8. Add rich drapes to create a “cocoon” of warmth in the
room but make sure you leave them open during the day.
9. Move your
sofa and chairs closer to the fireplace to maximize the warmth and intimacy
it gives the room.
10. To combat the extra gloom of winter, add extra
lamps with warm incandescent light bulbs. Use lamps instead of
overhead lighting for a more intimate ambiance.
11. Use more gold,
brass and copper in accessories. You can even change the hardware on
furniture and cabinets to add an extra spark!
12. Be sure to keep
arrangements of fresh flowers to remind your family that spring is
13. Make a cozy reading corner with a comfortable,
over-stuffed chair, table and lamp. Curling up in a cozy corner with a
good book is one of the best things about winter!
14. Warm up your
furniture with slipcovers in soft colors and fabrics. When spring comes, you
can cool the room down again by removing the warm covers.
treasured pictures of family in warm wood frames around your home.
If you want a larger project, paint your walls in rich shades of red, orange
or yellow. What a wonderful way to brighten long, grey days!
you have high, stark ceilings, try lowering the ceiling with darker, warmer
hue to establish a more intimate space.
18. Arrange furniture in groups
for easy conversation. A small table and a couple of chairs or footstools
will encourage people to gather together.
19. Pamper your guests and
yourself with big thick towels on a towel warmer. Just think of getting out
of the tub on a cold night and wrapping yourself in the soft warmth of
Adding warmth to your home can be accomplished easily and
with only a few dollars. But the best way to make your home a welcoming
20. Laughter. Smiles and laughter will warm up your room
and your heart. What better way to chase away the
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Bring Outdoors Inside For Holiday Decor
Winter is a great time of year to be outside enjoying nature -- especially if you're interested in putting together some hand-made holiday decorations or just picking out the perfect tree.
Nature offers a variety of seasonal decorations in the form of aromatic greenery, colorful dried blooms and seedpods that add extra "spice" and personality to home decorating projects.