Winter is coming! Quick design hacks for your home
Quick design hacks for your home
Winter is coming! The season everyone’s been waiting for has finally arrived! Its that time of the year that happiness lurks around every corner. Festivities, lights & sounds know absolutely no bounds this season! But there’s another aspect everyone awaits for this season. It’s the thing that wraps it up all together! It’s the thing that sets the prelude to it all !It’s what makes it all better! It’s Winter!
Being in the Indian sub-continent, winter isn’t exactly how it is described in most parts of the world! In most parts of India, and in South India in particular, winter is almost like what some in the west may call a summer day. But for us southerners, this season offers refuge after the torrential monsoons and scorching summers, and provides just the right mood with pleasant days and cool nights. At times, for some coastal folk such as me, the nights even call for an extra layering over the duvet! Overall, it’s the gorgeous setting that’s been so naturally orchestrated every year that everyone has etched into their souls. Coupled with the memories of joy and festivities, every single one of us longs for this time of the year!
That being said, getting your home ready for this season is no different from the way you prepare yourself for the cold. Getting your jackets out means just as much as getting your home decked up for the season as well. Be it welcoming in the festivals or curling up in a nice warm couch with a best-seller you’ve been putting away all year long. Either way, it’s time to start planning for the season ahead! Incorporating one or more of these interior design trends will help you create a space that is sure to feel warm and welcoming for family and friends.
Very much like our bodies, the space we live in also requires a change in attire when it comes to winter. It goes without saying, but layering is one way to make your living areas look warm and cozy without going too overboard on the budget. In bedrooms especially, it’s time to get the quilts and comforters out of the storage and get layering. Throw pillows used as accents create the perfect ‘comfy & cushy’ bed you will be yearning to get into after a long day.
Don’t restrict yourself to just the bed, but make sure the rest of the room also gets a winter makeover. For those with larger bedrooms, make sure the corners get filled with either a comfy arm chair or a floor lamp. The idea is to fill the space with layers to make you feel as snug as a bug!
The living areas use very similar principles. Put a contrasting throw over the back of the couch as both a décor accent, and an extra layer you can pull over you during those quiet evenings in front of the television. Doing this gives the feeling of warmth and comfort that appeals to the senses.
Fabrics play a very important role in the overall mood of the space. Subtle weaves are out and bold knits are in! Winter is the time to pamper yourself with soft & cozy textiles. Fabrics can be either used as upholstery or even as accents around the house. Use fabrics that incorporate wool, sheepskin, faux fur or even velvet. Don’t restrict yourself to just the basics. Fabrics can be used as decor elements in bits and pieces too, that way you won’t go over the top in order to achieve the look. Stools, pouffes and rugs are another way to add that fabric to your home without changing too much which would require a makeover after the season ends. Faux fur stools or knitted pouffes are great for added seating for the festive season while knitted rugs offer a warm under foot on a winter night.
Colours set the tone right away and are a very easy tool to help spruce up a space giving it a whole new avatar at a very low budget. Inspired by nature’s palette, there is no doubt that grey is a winter favourite. Subtle and inviting, hues of grey mimicking charcoal, fog or even natural stones make the perfect base for the main pieces of furniture. You may think that grey tones invite the winter blues, but in hindsight, what grey does is, set the perfect base for infusing your spaces with pops of cheery color! A bright yellow pillow or a pop of blue painted side table will be sure to make your space look happy and inviting at the same time. Another advantage with sprucing up using pops of colour is that it also works as a great decor tool for your springs and summers as well, and can easily be worked in all through the year.
Deep blues also work wonders as a design palette. Again, inspired from the natural setting, for a richer look, hues of blue mimicking the midnight blue sky, natural water bodies or even a hint of turquoise paired with wooden accents works wonders with a space. An easy way to incorporate deep blues in your home decor is through solid curtains, rugs and holiday decor. Remember, it’s the darker tones of blues you want to be going for that speak of a sense of sophistication and class.
As I mentioned earlier, pairing some of the colour tones with wooden accents will do the trick. Wood, essentially, single handedly can be used as a great tool for items around the house that work right round the year. Wood is always a great material and so very versatile as a décor tool. From larger pieces of furniture to smaller artefacts and accents, wood finishes give a space a warming effect while fitting into your décor right through the year. Flooring and wall panelling make for larger, more bold
interiors. However, simpler, low budget hacks would include decking up the walls with pieces of art made from either intricately carved pieces or even reclaimed wood items neatly framed or finished for the occasion. Have an old door or window? Hollow out the center, throw in a mirror, give it a distressed paint finish and you’ve got yourself a large wall hanging. You know how they say old is gold? Well here’s your chance to get your hands dirty and try out some DIY decor and have fun with it.
Add some green!
Add some flora into your home. Now I am not talking about turning your home into a tropical garden, but small subtle hints of green around the house not only add cheerful colour, but also help balance the air when most of your windows remain shut due to the cold drafts of winter air. A small glass bottle with a drooping money plant or a hand painted vase with a choice of your favourite seasonal flowers add to the cheer of your home. Remember, gentle greens is the key word this season. Keep the bulk of the indoor landscape for the summers, this season is all about being subtle in your decor and a hint of green does just that.
Lastly, but most importantly, add a touch of romance into your home! It’s that time of the year where stress levels are at an all time low, and your friends, peers and colleagues are all unanimously in a better mood, so bring some of that joy back home! Candles are a great way to make a room more passionate! Throw in just a few candles to add charm to your home. Now I’m not talking about the candles you find in your local corner shop! Invest in some nice long white or coloured candle sticks (you could pick a fragrant one if you are in the mood for it). Mount them on holders that can again be an interesting decor tool. You could pick out brightly coloured candle stands to pop out from the rest of the room or go for traditional carved wooden ones that are versatile right through the year.
That being said, getting your home ready for winter starts right about now! Our country’s festive season has already begun and there’s nothing stopping you from going that extra mile to ready your home to welcome in the cheer. Remember, this season is all about warmth and affection, get that into your home and your decor will speak for itself!