It’s almost hibernation time. And as the temperature drops, home becomes our haven. But is your home ready for those long winter nights?
If you’re like most people, the answer is probably “No.” We’re still clinging on to hopes of an Indian summer.
But winter can be a glorious excuse to add some oomph to your habitat—to make it so inviting and cosy you’ll be sad to see the first daffodil push up from the ground.
Make Your Home a Sanctuary this Winter
It may be cold outside, but follow our tips and you won’t mind a bit. Here’s how to create your own rejuvenating winter idyll:
- Add Colour: No matter how dark and gloomy it gets outside, a liberal smattering of colour in your home will keep spirits up. Rich, deep colours will add vibrance and vitality to your interior. Whilst gilt and metallic touches give a seasonal spin that brightens up any room. And the good news is that there’s no need to get the paints out. Use accessories—cushions, tablecloths, throws and ornaments—to liven up the dark evenings.
- Layer Fabrics and Textures: Winter is all about layers—in clothing as well as interiors. Use soft, warm, thick, luxurious fabrics and textures. Liberally scatter pillows, cushions and throws on sofas and in bedrooms to enhance the feeling of warmth. If you don’t have carpet, rugs are the essential antidotes to cold feet—layer these up to add texture, luxury and dimension to your home. For the ultimate winter home accessory, get some sheepskin rugs to make your nights in pure delight.
- Focus on Your Fireplace: We naturally gravitate towards a roaring hearth in winter. So if you’re lucky enough to have one, make it the focal point of your home. Hang a striking mirror above, and place a few choice accessories or photographs on the mantel. Mix style and function with a fireplace screen to make the most of its heat. We love Perspex—it’s insulating and chic. Get a Perspex sheet cut to size for your fireplace and watch your heating bills plummet. Once you’ve got it just right, arrange your furniture facing the fire to create a cosy winter gathering place for all the family.
- Make the Most of Your Lighting: When it’s dark outside, our lighting defines our habitat. We want to feel cosy, warm and contented—but some lighting makes us feel the opposite. So make sure your bulbs emit a warm copper glow rather than a blue glare. Use mirrors to maximise the minimal daylight. And when it gets dark, candles are a simple way to create a soft, calming atmosphere that’s feels almost sacred. If you don’t have a fireplace, use candles instead for natural light that casts a magical glow.
Readying your home for winter can be simple, fun and a great time to freshen up your interior. These are just a few ideas to get you started, but it all comes down to what a happy winter habitat looks and feels like to you.