When winter chills kick up, the days get darker and Jack Frost starts nipping at your nose, one of the things many people like to do is stay indoors. Curling up like a bear in hibernation with a hot beverage and a warm blanket becomes a popular pastime. Because of this, and especially since many important holidays happen during the cold season, winter is a great time for gathering. So it becomes even more important to make sure your home is warm and welcoming—for yourself and any guests you invite over. Here are some tips to make your home a pleasant place to be when it’s cold outside.
Simple and Natural Decor
In wintertime, nature, though still beautiful, looks barren and has a much different feeling about it than during the rest of the year. To keep things lively in your home during these months, try adding natural design and decor to your home. Scandinavian aesthetic choices, such as traditional evergreen, wooden, woven and hemp-based decorations, are great options.
You can also try the recently popular hygge (hoo-ga) trend, a Northern European style which emphasizes simplicity, minimalism and comfort. This aesthetic includes natural light and warmth combined with comfort or nostalgic objects and activities with deep personal meaning. You could also take it your own direction with mugs, decorative dishes, plant arrangements and vintage items.
Since fall and winter are naturally the darkest times of the year, a natural way to make your home cozy is to fill it with light. Not harsh, bright light, but instead soft and warm light. You can accomplish this by using candles (scented, if preferred) and crackling wood fires in fireplaces, or you could bring out area lamps and string lights. Having a dimmer switch for your lighting to create a more intimate atmosphere can also help. Lightening up your space in this way will also physically warm up your home, as both fire and electric lighting add heat to the environment.
In the wintertime, using muted and minimalist color schemes and patterns is more likely to bring about the atmosphere of comfort you want to create. That’s not to say that bold and bright colors should not be thoroughly enjoyed, but leaning towards muted tones is usually a better choice for the season.
Since the cold season is the time for flannel, plaid and soft colors, you could add textile decorations to your home. These subdued but colorful patterns could take the form of throws, pillows, table cloths, wall-hangings and more. If these pieces of fabric decor look knitted, woven or otherwise handmade, so much the better, as this gives off a warm vintage and classic feel. Many modern homes also have wood and linoleum floors, so a good way to add both literal and figurative warmth to a room is to add thick carpets and rugs. During this time of year, a small pop of color here and there amongst the minimalism can work wonders.
Following these suggestions and keeping simplicity in mind can go a long way towards making your home warm and hospitable for the winter months. If this aesthetic suits you, it could even work with minor adjustments for the rest of the year, too. If you have any questions or need help with making your ideas take shape, we also offer free design consultations. Contact us today!