Winter doesn’t just come around. It’s already on our doorstep asking us to light the fireplace, put on a sweater, and enjoy. However, preparing for the upcoming winter is more than changing your wardrobe. You should also consider customizing your home.
In winter everything revolves around comfort, vacation and positive feelings. Can you imagine a nicer December evening than the one when you brought back childhood memories by a glittering Christmas tree? Indeed, winter is a domestic season, and we have a list of tips on how to turn your home into a comfortable fairy tale. Ready to start
What better color to greet the snow season?
It’s true, ultramarine feels like the most welcoming of all shades of blue. This shade is usually associated with strong, bold feelings and will go perfectly with your romantic moments.
The cozier, the better
Appropriate fabrics and textures are a very important characteristic of winter magic. This season is just the right time to indulge in a seasonal treat and snuggle up with some fluffy blankets. Warmth is just as visible as it is tangible. So make sure that your space looks like a real winter corner. Remember to freshen up your beds with fur, wool, or velvet. Throw some squishy pillows, drape puffy carpets, and enjoy.
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Provided you’ve saved up appropriately for seasonal shopping, you can even decorate your bed with fancy cashmere covers. Remember that the “fabric rule” applies to the whole house and not all “comfortable goods” should be left in your bedroom.
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Inspire some ‘hidden log cabin feelings’
A log cabin effect can easily be achieved by adding more wood to your interior design. A wooden desk or folding coffee tables are excellent and affordable choices that will make your living room a charming getaway. For those lucky enough to have a proper fireplace, we recommend a rustic wood arrangement. Feels cozy, doesn’t it?
A gentle touch
Soft and fluffy carpets contribute significantly to the feeling of warmth in your living area. They look elegant and inviting, creating the illusion that the cold is miles away from your home.
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Houses with hardwood floors can be complemented with warm, fluffy carpets in front of the fireplace. It’s a whole new level of winter fun indeed!
Wooden furniture and accessories
Enriching your living space with wooden furniture is always the right choice. Wood is a natural material that is equally suitable for beautiful decorations and furnishing warmth. No wonder it’s the hallmark of log cabins!
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Choose New Curtains
Thin and transparent curtains are an excellent choice for the summer season when there is a need to distribute a lot of sun inside. However, in winter we want to keep the warmth around us and stay away from the freezing cold and blurry sky.
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So we should consider hanging a pair of Christmas-themed curtains and heavy drapes. It is a movement that instantly changes the entire appearance of our living space, but also creates a sense of protection.
For those who prefer simplicity over traditional decorations, we recommend warm and vibrant tones such as rosewood, Venetian red or mulberry purple.
A luxurious touch in the bedroom
The elegance of the bedroom is particularly important in winter. You can always improve the winter touch in the sleeping area by introducing different layers of bed linen, warm covers and fluffy pillows. The atmosphere can also be enriched with trendy furniture and a few silver-white accessories.
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However, there can be some side effects. You might be tempted to skip work and stay in bed.
The fireplace: a must for the winter season
Is there anything better than spending crispy evenings in front of a bursting fireplace? We would say nothing compares to the delicate nostalgia of drinking hot chocolate and reading a romantic book in the firelight!
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Installing a fireplace in your living room is the ultimate winter solution, not only because it looks adorable, but also because it is more pocket-friendly compared to other heating devices. Even if it is not used, a fireplace is powerful and warming. You can equally feel calm surrounded by the glow of less aromatic candles.
Prepare your ceiling bunker
Regardless of how beautiful, breathtaking or scenic winter can be, its main association is cold. Making sure we’re warm is still the most important prep process.
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Recognizing that there are many of you who are not big fans of heavy sweaters (or move around in the cold), we recommend purchasing a few extra blankets for your living room.
Thermosensitive people would agree that a blanket is more than a blanket – it is your best friend that you can wear and drape anywhere you want to sit and relax.
Correct the drafty window
Cold winters can turn into real nightmares for those who don’t have energy efficient windows installed. With a drawing window, your home will be exposed to the cold and the heating will seem completely inefficient.
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So it is time to take over the cracks in the window and simply seal them. An hour of polystyrene upholstery or plastic tapped holes costs far less than additional heating and keeps the heat inside.
Balance out the whites with vibrant colors
Winter’s fairytale white looks best when balanced with passionate and bold colors. Hence, recreating the blanched atmosphere inside is not a good idea, as this also creates a feeling of heaviness and coldness.
It doesn’t mean you have to remove your favorite white accessories. Styrofoam snowflakes, pine cones or glittering tree trunks are still welcome as long as you inspire life energy by contrasting them with bright purple, fire orange or cherry red tones.
Don’t forget that winter is a time of the year with little sunshine that requires serious light creativity. The inviting environment of your living room must be complemented by efficient lighting solutions such as reflective lamps or large candles.
Whatever you do, make sure that your home creates a completely different atmosphere from the cloudy and foggy weather. To do this, we recommend adding gold accessories to your Christmas decoration and making sure it looks glamorous, festive and extravagant.
Leave the cold outside
Despite the grandeur of your decorating plans, you need to be aware that they are second on your winter to-do list. The first is to protect yourself from the cold and keep the heat inside for as long as possible.
Don’t waste any more time! Check for leaks on your windows and doors, start the fire, and make sure you have enough blankets.
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This type of precaution will help you enjoy more while getting smaller energy bills.
The outside is just as important as the inside
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When you have verified that there are no problems inside, take a walk around the house and appreciate the state of its structure. The first thing to do is to ensure that the roof is solid, that all the tiles are in place, and that the drainage and vents are not seriously damaged. Finally, pay attention to the gutter and estimate if it can withstand heavy rainfall.