As you settle in for your first winter in your brand-new home, you’ll quickly see that it’s a lot warmer than any home you’ve lived in before. Despite this warmth, you’ll still look at the snow outside and think about how nice it is to be snuggled up on the inside - and these tips can really help you create a cozy feeling throughout your home.
1. Use Lights for Warmth
Low lighting has a tendency to make you feel warmer. As the nights get longer, place some candles around the home, and use those as lighting. You should also rely on smaller lamps in the room rather than a bright overhead light (or ask your builder to incoporate some adjustable lighting). The soft glow that they produce can make you feel cozy.
2. Create Some Nooks
A big, open space tends to feel cold, so try to create some nooks within your home (or have them built-in!). You might have a comfy chair in the corner with its own light for reading. You might arrange two chairs together to make it easy to sit and chat with a friend and a cup of warm tea. These nooks add a feeling of warmth.
Keep plenty of blankets around the home. There’s always at least one person in a family who runs a bit colder than the others, and this will help keep them happy. You might toss one over the back of the sofa or your favourite chair. You could keep a basket of blankets in the living room so family members and visitors alike will have warmth when they need it.
4. Keep the Fire Burning
Nothing adds warmth to your winter home like a fire burning in the fireplace. With the variety of new, high-end fireplace designs available, it's as easy flicking a switch to get a fire burning whenever you like.
5. Swap Out Your Drapes
Gauzy curtains in light colours give your room an airy feel in the summertime, but you probably want something a bit heavier in the winter. Look for thick drapes to use in the winter. Many modern versions are designed to keep the heat inside the home, so you have an added benefit of reducing energy costs.
6. Lay Down an Area Rug
Hardwood and tile floors look great, but they can feel uncomfortably cold in the winter months unless, of course, you have in-floor heating. If you don’t already have an area rug, consider purchasing one. You can also use runners in the hallways and an extra plush bath mat in your bathroom. Even if you don’t use these all year, you will appreciate the extra warmth under your feet in the colder months.
7. Choose Warm Tones
Certain colours have a warm or cool feel to them. Oranges, reds, and browns tend to feel warm, while blues and greens tend to feel cool. Use these warmer colours to give your home a warmer feel. You probably won’t want to make big design changes like replacing the sofa or painting the walls a new colour, but a few cozy colour schemes will make a difference.
8. Use Warming Scents
When thinking about creating warmth, most people think about the types of things you can see or feel, but your sense of smell can also make you feel warmer. Use a tart warmer or diffuser with some warming smells. Cinnamon, evergreen trees, and apple pie remind you of cozy winter days inside and will make you feel warm.
9. Incorporate Many Textures
Soft textures can make you feel warm and snuggly, so don’t be afraid to mix things up around the house. For instance, in the living room, you might have some velvet pillows on the couch, a faux fur rug on the floor, and a wool blanket draped over the chair. In the bedroom, throw some fleece or flannel sheets on the bed and top it off with a fluffy duvet.
10. Bring Out Your Books
Winter is the perfect time to catch up on your reading list, and there’s just something about a stack of books that can make a home feel warm and inviting. Put some out on the coffee table or end tables, or make the bookshelf more prominent. Freely lend your books to friends so that they’ll return the favour.
It doesn’t take much to make a home feel warmer. With just a few small additions to your décor, your new home is going to feel so cozy that winter might just become your favourite season.
Looking for more great decor ideas and tips? Check out our previous post "7 Decorating Secrets for Beginners" for more helpful info!