While the phrase, “winter is coming” may be synonymous with a certain leader of the Night’s Watch, Jon Snow is a great reminder that the colder months are indeed on our doorsteps.
If your home is still in summer mode, it’s time to flick the switch to ensure it’s ready to embrace the chillier airs instead. However, you don’t have to break the bank to turn your home into a cosy, winter retreat.
Here’s a little home inspiration to get your living spaces feeling as cosy as can be this winter.
EMBRACE FAUX FUR
Nothing warms living areas up physically and visually quite like faux fur. The beauty with faux fur is that predominant colours tend to be those in the neutral range, such as creams, light browns and dusky greys. This allows homeowners to easily introduce faux fur into current decor schemes without running the risk of clashing. Whether you want to go all out or inject a small dose, introducing faux fur is incredibly easy.
Here are some of our favourite faux fur ideas:
Smaller white faux fur throws swathed over wooden stools or seats give a rustic feel and add an extra element of comfort to ordinary chairs.
OPT FOR AMBIENT LIGHTING
The right lighting in winter has the power to bring in added warmth, helping homes feel more inviting and cosy during the darker and colder evenings.
Before selecting the first light fixture or bulb you come across, it’s important to refer back to the Kelvin colour temperature scale. Here, light bulb colour temperature is represented in the unit of temperature.
Lighting used in and around the home usually ranges from 2000K to 6000K, however for the purpose of creating winter ambience, you’ll want to focus on the lower end of the scale. Lighting in the 2000K to 3000K range is what’s known as warm-white, which produces light ranging from mild orange to yellow-white in appearance. This is the best option for creating calm and cosy living spaces, perfect for use in bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms.
Another way to bring a sense of warmth to winter days is by introducing an array of candles and tea lights. Have fun creating your own arrangements with lights varying in size and shape around rooms of the home.
UNLEASH THE POWER OF COLOUR
Colour is more than just its attractive qualities – it has the ability to influence mood and physiological reactions. For example, the colour blue has been proven to boost creativity, while red has been found to increase attention to detail, according to a study from the University of British Columbia.
If you’re looking to have a colour revamp during the colder months, darker shades should be adopted to give the illusion of sophistication and warmth. Darker hues go hand in hand with colours synonymous with winter, such as oranges, greens and browns. Here’s how you can bring these cosy colours into your home:
Creating a cosy winter retreat is incredibly easy to pull off – trust us, you’ll never want to leave the house!