1. Decorate with Warm Colors
Think fire-hued tones of gold, orange, terra-cotta, and red to give an instantly cozy feel to a room or home. Not sure you want colors this intense? Even the softer tones of yellow, gold, brick, and rust will have a similar warming effect. Are you stuck with white walls? Go for warm tones in your accessories!
2. Add the Glow of Firelight
Whether you light a fire in the fireplace or just set candles on the coffee table, this flickering light reflects intimacy and warmth. Though lighting a fire requires basic safety precautions, you and your guests will appreciate the glow and ambiance a fire provides.
3. Pull Up a Throw
Set cozy warm throws near chairs and sofas. These not only offer lovely color or pattern, but they will be close at hand to snuggle around chilly knees and feet. Throws are also a wonderful addition to bedrooms.
4. Cover the Floors
Bare hardwood or tile floors may be great for summer, but they can feel downright uninviting in winter. Switch to area rugs to give toes a warmer feel underfoot. Though patterned area rugs can be purchased, regular carpeting can also be cut into custom size and the edges bound to make inexpensive area rugs in any size you desire.
5. Insulate Against Chills
Is your favorite reading chair next to a window? You may want to consider adding an insulated window treatment, such as Hunter Douglas’ Duette Architella Honeycomb shades, to keep chills at bay. Or, look for a way to move the chair to a warmer spot in the room.
6. Accessorize for Winter
Banish the silk floral arrangements of tulips and daffodils. Instead, put out big baskets of birch logs, pine cones, or cozy fleece pillows. Even these small touches will make a room feel season-appropriate for winter.
7. Choose Warm Activities
Dig out your family photo albums, write letters, or play Monopoly by the fire. Roast marshmallows, pop popcorn, or plan a vacation. These activities are memory-makers that the entire family can cozy up to.
8. The Scent of Cinnamon
Fill your home with the warm scents of winter – apple, cinnamon, pine, or bayberry. Candles, food, and scented sprays are a few of the many alternatives for adding soothing scents to your space.