If you’re not lucky enough to live somewhere where it’s warm all year, you may run in to the same problem I have lately. Christmas and New Years are over, so we need to put decorations away, but it’s still FRIGID outside (especially here in Chicago!) and we still want our space to feel oh-so-cozy. Here’s some ideas I’ve found to help.
- Blankets. Everywhere. Not only are they a good thing to have around when you or guests get a bit chilly, they are a super easy way to add a feeling of warmth and welcome to your space. A big basket of blankets next to the couch, one thrown over the end of your bed, or over the back of a chair, they invite someone to sit and stay a while.
- Candles. I think this one is pretty self-explanatory. What’s more warm and welcoming than literal flames and some good smells? Invest in some beautiful ones like mine from Anthropologie and they double as coffee table accents. Win win.
- Extra lighting. A number of lamps rather than a few big lights add warmth easily. Multiple sources of soft light feel cozy and inviting. The other plus is that those energy-saving and eco-friendly LED bulbs come in traditional warm light now! (I found that out through this article on apartment therapy.)
- Warm colors. Here’s the art teacher side of me. Warm colors are are…well,…warm. Most commonly, this means reds, yellows, oranges, and pinks, but it can definitely include creamy whites, rich, earthy browns, and fun stuff like gold and royal purple. Even modern design with its angles and blacks/greys at every turn still needs warmth if people are going to feel like they’re at home. The great thing about this is it can come into your design anywhere. Furniture, rugs, throw pillows, paint, and artwork are all places you can quickly warm up a space.
Winter in your home can be beautiful without having to be a never-ending holiday. However, if you are one of those people who can’t stand to take those decorations down before February, more power to you.
How do you change your space in this time of year? I’d love to know!
In my living room:
Candle – Anthropologie (my favorite smell!)
Tray – wedding gift
Chest – antique market
Blanket – handmade by my grandmother
Artwork – left painted by me, right from a tiny store called Climate here in Chicago (If you know the area, it’s in Lincoln Park)