How to make your home both look & feel warmer.

With colder months upon us, and energy prices about to soar, I thought it might be helpful to share with you some Interior design tips and tricks to help make your home both look & feel warmer. There really is no better excuse to give your home a facelift, and it doesn’t have to mean a major renovation. Hopefully the following show some ways you can make your home both look and feel warmer.

Lighting

Winter is the perfect time to light up your home. With the decrease in daylight hours, it means our lighting becomes even more crucial. Soft, warm lighting really helps to create a cosy and enticing interior. One golden rule of lighting is to make sure you have overhead lighting, (preferably on a dimmer) task lighting, and ambient lighting. You won’t necessarily use all sources at once, but it is important that you have these options. In the darker, colder months, its your ambient lighting that helps create atmospheric light. So perhaps add a table lamp or two? Making sure you pick a warm bulb.Try an LED battery operated lamp, which are great for placing on book shelves or in little corners where you might not have a socket. They will create lovely little puddles of light, highlighting lovely little nooks.

Layering

Come the winter, we are well used to adding layers to our wardrobe. Well the same applies to our interiors. As soon as the temperature starts to drop, instead of reaching for the thermostat, we should be adding layers to our home. When I say layers, I mean first off simply add more cushions and throws. (I also mean rugs and window treatments – but comes later) Look to be adding weight and textures. Just as you want big woolly jumpers or thick cosy sweatshirts, you need to think in the same way about your soft furnishings. Think about velvets, chenilles, wools, sheepskin and faux fur. Consider the mood and style you want to convey – bohemian? Scandi? Country-living? Modern? Whatever you go for, the addition of a few more cushions and throws, really will have you itching to curl up with a good book and a cuppa.

Rugs

All of a sudden those nice cool wooden floors of summer, are now painful and can make anyone hate these winter months. It makes getting out of bed in the morning something to be dreaded! Rugs area great and immediate way to improve the overall feeling of warmth and physical warmth – whether over draughty floorboards, or layered over carpets – or even layering rugs!

Curtains

In terms of physically keeping the cold out and the heat in, the best thing you can do is invest in  a pair of thick/heavy, lined and even better inter-lined curtains. Again think about texture. Fabrics like velvets and wools, drape beautifully and have great thermal properties. Its also a great opportunity to perhaps add an accent colour, or some pattern to your room.

Seasonal Scent

Candles instantly give a warm, glowing atmospheric glow to a room, but don’t forget about the opportunity to add scent into the equation. Scents such as cinnamon, vanilla, and sandalwood, also help to make a room seem warm and inviting.

Inviting Vignettes

Fill unused corners of your home with inviting displays/vignettes. A little side table, with a lamp, some books, a candle and a plant creates intriguing focal point. The little pool of light coming from the lamp and the candle drawing us in like a moth to a flame.

I hope the above tips & tricks on how to help make your home both look and feel warm, have been of interest to you. If this has given you inspiration, please follow me on social media for more design chat, and if you want to be first to hear about my new blogs please sign up to my newsletter through my website.

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