Our experts have put together their top 10 festive decor tips:
Of course, winter brings Christmas where lights are put out in their thousands. But you don’t have to save the lights just for the tree. Ash Read, interior expert and founder of Living Cozy, says: “string lights are a great way to make your home feel cozier and, with the dark nights, a great way to bring more light into your home. For those Instagram pictures, you could even consider getting a curtain of string lights to adorn your walls for a festive, temporary, and easy feature wall.
As we all begin our Christmas shopping, you’ll see a lot of storefronts with perfectly laid tables, with beautiful decorations. Rather than break the bank, consider making your own decorations.
Ash says: “All you need is a plain garland, and then get the family outside and look for natural, cold-friendly plants such as holly and spruce, and even pinecones to create a unique table decoration.”
3. Winter Scents
One of the best ways to transform the ambiance of your space is with a gorgeous scent. Whether you opt for a mulled wine candle, a winter spice wax melt, or even a gingerbread air freshener, it will make your home feel welcoming and cozy.
4. Add Layers
It doesn’t just have to be your clothing you layer up this winter, consider adding layers to your home to make it feel cozier. Think cozy knitted throws and blankets, faux sheep’s skin, warming hints of natural reclaimed wood, and new cushions to create a snug, wonderland for cuddling up in this winter.
Ash adds: “and it’s not just textiles, consider layering your lighting. By adding multiple layers of lighting, from floor to wall lights, you will elevate even the dullest of rooms.”
5. Add Warmth
Summer is all about neutral and soft tones, but as the nights get darker and the weather gets colder, consider embracing warm and rich hues such as dusty pink, to create a cozy sanctuary.
If you have wooden or tiled floors that are cold underfoot, it’s a great time to buy a rug. Ash comments: “rugs are a great way to warm up a room while also adding a decorative touch. Choose a rug that matches your decor or add a pop of color, either way, it’ll transform the look and feel of your room this winter.”
7. Restful Retreat
Don’t forget about your bedroom. Ash says: “One of the best feelings in winter is getting snuggled into a comfy bed when it’s cold outside. To make your bedroom even cozier this winter, change your light cotton bedding for something a little warmer such as fleece, and then layer on an extra quilt or blanket for ultimate comfort and warmth.”
8. Light the Fire
While some people are lucky enough to have a log-burning stove or fireplace, other homes just don’t have the space.
Ash says: “A fireplace is a great addition to a home and it instantly makes a room feel warmer and cozier. However, if you don’t have one do not worry. You can buy a portable fireplace that you can switch between rooms for a cozy feel, or, you can simply find a video of a real fireplace on your TV. While it won’t produce any heat, the look of it will make the room feel welcoming and more homely.”
9. Bring the Outdoors In
While outdoors may look a little bland, with leaves falling off the trees and plants not in bloom, the inside of your home doesn’t have to be. Getting some decorative house plants will instantly add vibrancy to your home.
10. Update your curtains
When winter comes around, those translucent panels that keep your home filled with natural light are not going to keep your home warm in winter. Ash suggests: “Switch to a heavy fabric and find curtains with thermal backing. These curtains will instantly make your home feel cozier and keep it warmer.