We dress our bodies for the cold weather, we should do the same for our homes.
I have 5 steps on how to make a warm and inviting environment for this special time of year.
1. Add Layers.
Add extra rugs on the floor. You can do this one on top of another or in areas you don’t normally have rugs. Add heavier and cosier throw blankets.
**This picture shows that you can still have a festive feel without the traditional colors or furniture pieces.
Add an extra layer of window treatments.
This has not only been proven to add to your energy efficiency of your home (around 25%), but it adds a feeling of cosiness and richness. You can make them very simply and inexpensively by visiting your local Home Fabrics or similar store. You can always find great deals on pre-made panels as well at stores like TJ Maxx, Ross, or Marshalls. Try to use the warmest colors in your home for the fabric color.
2. Add Richness and Depth.
Take your color palette and deepen it up a little. Accentuate the deepest colors in your palette. For example if you have a tone on tone white palette, add in some more creams and light beiges. Use thicker textures and heavier weight fabrics. This creates heaviness and warmth.
3. Add Sparkle.
When I think of the holidays past, it felt so magical. I think of lots of sparkle… from the twinkly Christmas lights to the crackling fire… this is a tradition that should definitely continue.
If you don’t have a fireplace, candles are a good back up.
Add sparkle with your favorite metals. You can use 1 to 2 different kinds. I love mercury glass (or even mirrors)… and I also like oil rubbed bronze. This will catch the light and scatter it around the room.
4. Add Nature.
Bring the outdoors in. Evergreens, hazelnuts, apples off the trees, branches will all add to the ambiance. Around Thanksgiving it also reminds us of the bounty of the season and all the blessings we are fortunate to have.
5. Add Scent.
Something I have talked about before is using the five senses in decorating. Something can look extremely beautiful, but if it doesn’t smell good, then it just doesn’t seem as nice…. so when you aren’t actually baking for the holidays, still feed the ambiance with candles or boil cinnamon and vanilla in some water on the stove.
These are just a few ideas to add a little warmth and sparkle to your holidays. More fun holiday projects to come!!
Making the house you have, the home you want!