Make Your Home A Winter Sanctuary

Wouldn’t it be great if your home was nice and toasty during the winter months?

With it being the middle of winter now, the desire of staying in bed all day is just getting stronger. Cold weather and its oozing cosy feeling is one thing we cannot escape. One of the best feelings during this time is getting into a bed that exudes warmth, fluffiness and cosiness at the end of a cold day.

Following are a few winter decorating ideas that will make some of your rooms perfectly cosy this season.

Warm Up The Living Room

As we prepare for colder temperatures we look forward to spending time in cosy living rooms, warming ourselves near the fire or under a heavy blanket. The following winter decorating ideas are just a few tips and tricks on how to make your home feel soft and comfortable.

Light a fire

Imagine this,

The roar, crackle and glow of a fire when it’s cold and dark outside. The glow of a fireplace adds a sensational centrepiece to a room – and will keep everyone incredibly toasty.

Also, cuddling up in front of the fire on the sofa is one of life’s greatest luxuries. If an open fire is a tad too traditional for your taste, why not invest in a contemporary, sculptural fireplace.

Swap out summery accessories

Give some thought to year-round options for the space. You could replace lightweight summer curtains with heavyweight drapes in winter.

To top it off add a thicker rug and layer that with a furry rug for extra cushioning underfoot.

Think about this,

What could be more inviting than the thought of wriggling toes into a plush faux fur rug?

Play with fabrics

Imagine for a moment;

There’s nothing quite as inviting on a chilly evening as soft, warm textures to sink into and snuggle up in.

Want to know the best part?

Going for a mix of throws and cushions in chunky knit, faux-fur and felted fabrics will guarantee ultimate cosiness. You can also add in wool and silk for a fabulously indulgent and luxurious effect. The key is in the layering.

It sounds simple. And it is.

Add metallics

When paired with a neutral palette, the shine of metal studs adds a touch of luxe and warmth. Copper and brass are strong interior trends and work especially well with grey and navy walls.

And remember

You can introduce a bit of sparkle if you go for small highlights such as tea light holders and picture frames. If you want to go further, opt for a wallpaper or curtain fabric with a metallic element in the design.

Cosy Up The Dining Room

As the days become darker, it’s time to take advantage of cosy evenings at home either with loved ones or friends. Having a dining space that feels warm and inviting is what this season calls for and updating your home has never been simpler with our winter decorating ideas.

Cast a soft glow

With fewer daylight hours in winter, it’s important to ensure your dining room is well lit. Aim for soft background lighting that are dimmable.

A fireplace will add a warm glow and candlelight of varying heights give an appealing flicker that flatters everyone and creates a cosy atmosphere.

Mix it up

To keep the look cohesive, find furniture with complementary colours and patterns. If all your chairs are the same style, add interest to their display by upholstering.

And you know what?

For a truly distinct look, bring several styles into the mix. It will give your dining area an eclectic vibe that will lessen its formality.

Layer textures

Bare tables, while perfect for breezy summers, are too stark for winter. Cover them up with seasonally appropriate runners. As it is an easier way to dress up a table.

Modern spaces look best when balanced with handmade elements.

For example,

An oversized terrarium and colourful art bring personality while still fitting with the modern aesthetic.

Heighten the drama

It’s a fact that dark rooms look more cosy! And there’s still time to get out the paintbrushes and add some deep colour to the walls.

It’s bang-on-trend to cover walls, skirtings, window frames and even ceilings in an enveloping shade and it will look even better once the sun goes down. Paint walls deep, rich colours to create the feeling of a cocoon-like embrace.

Turn The Bedroom Into A Restful Retreat

We all need a place where we can go to relax — place where we feel comfortable and secure. We want a place that is calm and welcoming. And, we want a place where love can flourish. Our winter decorating ideas are sure to transform your bedroom into that sanctuary of tranquility, peace and love.

Dress your bed

Think about this for a moment.

Just as you layer an outfit before going outside to keep warm, you should top sheets with a comforter or a duvet, then accessorise with decorative pillows and a throw.

The first step towards creating an ideal winter sanctuary is your bed. Go for luscious bedding in white or grey colour but always keep it simple as it is a great way of bringing warmth in your bedroom.

Create more intimate lighting

Choose opaque lamp shades over white, ivory, or paper versions for winter. If you go with black, navy, or chocolate – select a shade with a metallic interior as it will help for reading in bed.

And guess what?

If you are lucky enough and get natural light in your room, use it to the maximum and let your room glow in glory.

Up the comfort factor

Wooden or marble flooring looks spectacular and is a desirable part of your bedroom but in winters, these flooring ideas will freeze your feet.

So what’s the answer?

The silver lining is that you could include a soft patterned rug in your space. Faux fur rugs are a great example for creating a style statement and adding a lot of glamour in the bedroom.

Make it personal

Your personal items are vital to giving a space character – even more so than paint colour and lighting – so surround your bed with a few of your favourite objects.

Surround yourself with everything you need at arm’s length. A side table to rest your drink, piles of winter reading, a box set or two and a scented candle to make sure all the senses are engaged.

Make The Entryway Welcoming

The entryway is the first thing that guests see as they approach and enter your home. It should be inviting for everyone. These winter decorating ideas should reflect both you and your home’s personality, creating that first note of harmony. Use these decorating tips for transforming your entryway.

Cover up

Bare floors can be cold; however, a soft but durable rug will withstand the heavy foot traffic and keep the entry feeling warm.

But you know what else?

A long hall runner will draw guests into your home. Keep it clear of the furniture so the space has a feeling of openness. And don’t let it extend the entire length of the hallway: You want to be sure that the front door can open freely.

Go bold in this smaller space

Dramatic wallpaper can be a great way to make a statement and bring character into your home. Also, bold primary colours provide an exciting entrance.

Do you see where we’re going with this?

Wallpaper with a flocked-inspired design adds texture, but if you prefer paint on the walls or if your wall space is full of art, you could look upwards and try a bold-print paper on the ceiling.

Customise the lighting

Sometimes bright light is necessary, and sometimes muted is preferred. In small spaces, beautiful lanterns and table lamps create lighting options for different moods.

These lighting fixtures each can add a unique style to the space in addition to the glow. This works beautifully with ornamental mirrors, which has an especially dramatic effect on a dark wall.

Hang artwork

Give people something to look at when they enter your home. The photos and prints will give your entry a warm-and-fuzzy feeling.

Let me give you some examples:

A collection of old photos or memorabilia is one option. However, framed wallpaper makes an abstract art statement. No matter what kind of entry way you have to work with, make sure it inspires and uplifts.

Now make it happen!


Thank you for reading! We hope that these Winter Decorating Ideas have been beneficial to you and your home.

How do you plan on staying warm at home this winter? Let us know in the comments, below.