With winter on its way, you’ll probably be spending more time at home, so you’ll want to create a comforting space. The great thing about interior design for the colder seasons is that there are lots of inexpensive elements that you can add, without having to completely redo your layout.
10 Ideas and Ways to Create a Cozy Home This Winter
If you’re stuck for ideas and want to transform your home into a winter wonderland of coziness this year, then here are 10 ideas and ways to do just that.
Transforming your home doesn’t need to be expensive, simply bring the wintery outdoors inside with some of these great ideas. Read on for more interior inspiration ideas for a cozy winter weekend at home.
1. Add More Lighting
Winter time also means shorter days so you cannot rely as much on daylight to keep the house bright. Adding more lighting to all the rooms in the house is not only good for your eye health but can also create a cozy atmosphere.
A few extra lighting ideas are a standing lamp in the living room corners or by a chair and a table lamp on the side tables. You can also set candles on the coffee table and dining table for a romantic evening.
2. Place a Rug in the Bathroom
Your bathroom is likely the coldest place in the house which you might have already noticed after you step out of your shower in the mornings.
You can easily feel less cold by placing a colorful and thick rug, that can handle moisture, in the center of the bathroom. This will not only keep your tootsies warm but will also bring that cozy feel to your bathroom.
3. Drape Your Windows
Are you the kind of person that always keeps the curtains open? Well, winter nights are the time to pull your drapes closed because the thick material can actually reduce the loss of heat.
Windows are a big contributor to heat loss in a house so your drapes are acting as a barrier. Do remember to keep them open during the day though – you want as much sunlight coming in as possible.
4. Keep it Green
There are plenty of strong plants that can survive indoors, even when it is cold outside. Plants like succulents or English ivy are a great low-maintenance piece of green that makes your home feel fresh and relaxing.
Just because the outdoor nature is not green anymore, does not mean you can’t have green indoors. Plus, green is known to help with lifting up your mood and calming you down which we can all use during gloomy dark days.
5. Swap Your Shoes for Slippers
Keep the sludge of snow and rain outside by taking your shoes off as soon as you come home and putting on house slippers.
These will keep you warm and comfy but also helps to keep out the dirt so that you don’t have to clean your floors as often. Win-win.
6. The Comfort and Color of Pillows
A few throw pillows are a quick way to add color to your couch, plus they add comfort. If you already have small pillows then just swap out the pillow covers for something winter-themed or soft rich material like thick wool or faux fur.
7. DIY Seasonal Decorations
There are lots of DIY projects that you can do to welcome in the winter. Think of making a wreath, table ornament or string light decorations.
Take the downtime that your spending indoors to also prep for Christmas by making your own Christmas ornaments. Christmas never comes early enough.
8. Create a Reading Nook
Nothing is as cozy as snuggling up in a comfortable corner with a good book and hot cup of cocoa. Make this winter the time that you finally get through all the books you have been meaning to read for the longest time.
Elements that make your reading nook even more appealing are soft pillows, a thin blanket, and a small stool to rest your feet if you are using a chair. Place a scented candle next to you and you will never want to leave.
9. Actually Use the Fireplace
If you are blessed with a fireplace, you must enjoy it to the fullest, even if you think it is a hassle to get it started. Nothing says wintertime like a good warm fire.
Make the atmosphere even fancier by using scented fire starters like pine cones or orange peels. Not only will you be enjoying the warmth but also a pleasant smell.
10. Keep the Draft Out
If you live in an older building, chances are that your doors and windows let in a draft. Go shopping for draft stoppers in bold colors or fun pattern so that you are not only keeping out the cold but also adding to your aesthetic.
Think of the days leading up to winter as your time to upgrade your home. Bring out all the soft materials and warm colors to keep the cold outside and cheer inside.