It might seem crazy to be thinking about winter when we’ve only just passed the Summer Solstice, but it’ll be with us before you know it, and it’s worth planning in advance if you want to make sure your home looks perfect in time for party season. Making your room as cozy and warm as possible can help you save money on extra heating costs, so it’s definitely something to consider. So, how do you go about creating a snug haven to fend off those winter nights?
The number one thing to think about when you’re designing a room for warmth is the fabric. If you’re thinking about upgrading your three piece suite, now is not the time to go for cold leather. Instead, go for a good quality fabric. Alternatively, if you have a leather suite that doesn’t need replacing, cover it in chunky woolen throws and thick, luxurious faux furs. In winter, it’s more than OK to go all-out opulent, and if this means layering lots of throws and cushions, all the better for it.
Winter also calls for different colors. Ideally you’ll be working with a neutral color scheme which you can update with new furnishings. Beige and brown work very well in winter, especially the warmer shades such as chocolate and chestnut, and they can be embellished further with gold and bronze. Cool colors will make a room feel cold, so steer clear of blues and blue-tinted purples in the colder months.
A good room designer will be able to advise you about a good layout to retain the heat in a room and how to make best use of the heat sources such as fireplaces and radiators, but if you want to go it alone there are some simple measures you can take. A draught excluder along the bottom of a door can be surprisingly effective, and check that windows are properly sealed. Ideally, arrange seating close to the heat sources, but not so close that it will be a fire risk, and organize the rest of the room around this so that you don’t need to keep cranking the heat up.
Rugs and curtains are an easy way to make a room winter-ready. If you don’t have carpet, find some big, fluffy rugs to place on the floor to keep feet cosy and to absorb heat, and make sure your curtains properly fit your windows. A bespoke curtain-fitting service will help you get curtains or drapes that perfectly fit the shape and size of your window to keep the cold out in the most effective way and keep you safe and warm all through the winter.
Marianne Medina is an interior style blogger who loves nothing more than chasing the latest trends for beautiful home designs