Winter is fast approaching, meaning it is time to get your home cozy ready. Decorating not your thing? Don’t worry! These 5 winter decor staples are not only easy to include in your own decor but won’t break the bank either! Create a cozy retreat your whole family will want to escape to!
Similar to our own wardrobe, when it comes to fall and winter, it is all about layering and using different textures to create a comfortable and warm area. Nothing says cozy quite like snuggling up on the couch against some pillows and under a warm throw. You can even cozy up outdoor spaces with throws. And don’t forget about the bedroom! You won’t want to leave your bed in the morning with the extra comfort of blankets and quilts.
Throws are a staple in today’s décor trends so when you are shopping around for the perfect piece for your design, your options are endless. To narrow your options down think about your own personal style. Do you prefer boho chic, farmhouse, or mid-century modern look? Understanding your own style will help you sort through the massive selection of throws on the market today. Keep your eye out for blankets that are 100% wool or cotton, and have a bit of weight to them when you pick them up, this will enhance the comfort factor.
Accent pillows are another staple in the design World and whatever can be said for blankets can be said for accent pillows in your space. With every season comes a great opportunity to update your space with some new accent pillows and winter is no exception. In fact, it is a great excuse to indulge! Decorating in the winter is all about creating a cozy and comfortable space so consider adding textures like Mongolian fur or sheepskin pillows for added warmth. Also, to create a space worth hibernating in, look for oversized 24” pillows and the increasingly popular floor cushions to lounge around on.
If you have anything other then carpet on your floors you will definitely want to incorporate a rug into your décor this season. Take the chill off of the bare floors and give your toes the relief they need! Aside from keeping your toes and feet toasty, incorporating a rug is also a great way to add more colour or pattern to your décor. A big trend right now, especially for the colder months is to layer two or more rugs. A great way to accomplish this look is adding a jute fiber area rug under a cowhide rug. Not only are you keeping your feet warm, both rugs add a natural and organic feel to the space.
The one common goal of winter decorating is to defend against the elements. And what better way to do this than by sprucing up your window treatments? Traditional window blinds just don’t cut it when it comes to keeping the warm air in and cold air out, which is why you want high quality and thick curtains. Similar to throw blankets, you want your curtains to have weight to them, none of that light sheer stuff! For added insulation and warmth make sure to have a curtain lining, this will keep things nice and toasty for you. Aside from the practical reasons for having curtains you can not overlook the aesthetic aspect. With the perfect colour, texture and pattern, there is no end to what curtains can do for your winter decorating.
Day light savings has come and gone leaving us with shorter days and less natural light. Because of this you will notice your lights working overtime compared to in the warmer months. You will want to complement your basic overhead lighting with smaller table and floor lamps. The basic rule of thumb when it comes to lighting is to include at least one of each type of lamp: an overhead fixture, a table lamp, a floor lamp and a task lamp. You will likely not use all of these at one time but it gives you a lot of options and ensures all of your lighting needs are covered. When days are gray and we’re snowed in, good lighting will help your room feel warm and inviting.