As temperatures drop outside why not add some warmth into your home this winter. Our guest blogger Tracey Clayton shares her top tips for revamping your living space this season…
Cold weather, snow and grey sky – that doesn’t sound so inviting, right? But, a warm and comfortable living room where you come back after hard day’s work – that surely sounds delightful! You don’t need to spend big money to turn your living room into a comfortable area for hibernation during weekends. Even though it’s cold outside, you can add a few romantic and warm touches and turn your living room into a magical wonderland!
Light your living room
Along with low temperatures, snow and wind, winter is also known for grey days, when the sun is stubbornly hiding behind the clouds. That’s why you will need some extra lighting in your home. However, be careful not to use too many or too bright lights! Your living room should be like an oasis where you can relax, drink a cup of coffee and nibble on chocolate while you are watching your favorite movie on TV. Therefore, consider getting warm light bulbs or even put string lights close to your couch. String lights are not just New Year’s decorations – they can be a great way to set up the atmosphere for a romantic dinner with your sweetheart. And, if you want to make your living room more alluring, then light up a few candles too.
Celebrate the winter with DIY decorations
The Christmas tree and decorations are back in the box and you can’t help but feel a bit blue about it. Who says you have to take all the decorations down? Actually, you just need to adjust them a bit. Fake snowballs can look beautiful hanging in garlands over your firelight mantel or inside the basket on the table. Put some cinnamon sticks, pine cones and vanilla grains inside a Mason jar and you will have a timeless decoration with a wonderful scent for your table in the living room! Wrap a piece of cloth at the end of a fir branch, tighten it with a silver or gold ribbon and place those tiny ornaments on your shelves.
Bring in the softness
Nothing feels better than having your feet warm all day long. Underfloor heating is a great option, but just isn’t visually enough, right? If you have wooden floor tiles, then half the job is already done. Now all that is left to do is get yourself a few fluffy, soft round rugs and spread them all over the floor. The best part is that you will be able to sit on the floor as well and enjoy a glass of wine in front of the fireplace while you’re comfortably leaning on a couch.
Play with the colors
If your living room is painted white and you can see snowy hills from your window, it is time to break that frostiness with some colors! Get vibrant blue, red and gold pillows and spread them on your couch. Add a light beige, soft blanket at the edge of the couch so you could keep your feet warm while you are munching on popcorn and reading a book.
A piece of tradition
If you are a book lover and have quite an impressive collection on your shelves in the living room, then it’s time to give some final, traditional touch to it. Bring in an upholstered armchair and place it in front of your home library. You can make it even more beautiful by having a small pillow and a blanket in the same color close by. Once you choose a book for this afternoon, sit down, sip on warm tea and relax.
Knits all around
One of the things that remind us of winter and the holiday season the most is a knitted sweater, but who says that it has to end with that? Surround yourself with knitted stuff in your living room as well! Instead of an ordinary blanket, snuggle under a knitted one. When you are sitting in your armchair, rest your tired feet on a knitted pouf. And, by all means, wear your favorite knitted sweater!
Even though it feels that winter will last for eternity, it just isn’t so, and if you do all the things mentioned above then you may actually enjoy it and prolong that holiday atmosphere until spring comes around.
About the author:
Tracey Clayton is a working mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home décor and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”