It’s that time of year again. Old Man Winter is nipping at your nose, chilling down your toes and—perhaps most distressing of all—driving up your utility expenses with the increased use of your indoor heating system. But wait: instead of automatically reaching for house renovation, consider alternatives to heating the entire house at night. After all, the only room in use is the bedroom, so stay snug, lower your utility costs, and reduce your energy consumption with these easy ideas. Beat the chill: 10 tips for cozy winter interiors
Plush Rugs for the Floors
Got cold, hard floors? Ceramic and laminate floors can feel especially cold during winter. Add a few lovely area rugs that not only keep your feet warm, but also bring in color and character. Choose rugs that fit the existing style and color scheme of your home. Even better, layering several will create a cozy and stylish barrier that will keep toes toasty.
Hang Tapestries on Icy Walls
If your walls feel cold to the touch, then it means that up to 33 percent of the heat you pay for is escaping through conductive heat loss. If you have inadequate wall insulation, wall tapestries are an easy decor fix that will warm up walls. The heavier the material, the better. A quilt will also work in winter interior.
Create a Sofa Den With Pillows and Throws
Creating a snuggle-worthy sofa is a winter must. It’s also an ingenious way to disguise a comfy couch that’s a bit of an eyesore. The trick is to keep comfort at the top of your mind when picking pretty pillows and throws. Also, stick to fabrics that are machine washable for easy cleaning.
Luxurious Layers in the Bedroom
This one probably goes without saying, but there are plenty of ways to make your bedroom look warm and fuzzy without going overboard. While several different layers of bedding (including quilt covers and comforters) often work for the bed, make sure the rest of the room also gets a winter makeover. Add some interesting lighting and fill the empty corner with a stylish new accent chair. Winter is a season when you realize that having a small bedroom is not necessarily a bad thing!
Warm Colors for the Walls
Many of us feel that paint is the best way to prepare for the season ahead. From both an aesthetic point of view and an economic one, this choice is often spot on. Most of us cannot make major changes to furnishings ahead of every season, and hence a simple paint job does the trick. Your home looks instantly trendy, and it will not burn a hole through your pocket. Fire-inspired tones are the way to go this winter with gold making a grand comeback.