Tips for cosy winter decorating
THE chilly mornings and evenings are a precursor for the colder winter ahead. And even though winter is not here just yet, it’s never too early to start planning your winter décor.
With all the rain that we’ve been experiencing around the country, chances are we are in for a cold winter. With the high cost of electricity and the possibility of load shedding, homeowners can warm up their homes without using a single watt of power.
It’s amazing how décor alone can make any room feel warmer. Homeowners can use assorted bold textures, layers of fabric, warm woods and cushions to warm up this winter.
Here’s how to keep your home warm…
Add layering Layers of texture can add a level of warmth to an otherwise sterile room. What’s important when layering textures is to look for a common thread that will tie all the elements together. This can be a colour, a pattern or the use of neutral colours to highlight colours that are already in the room.
Make use of rugs Layers of rugs not only define the living space, but the varying textures can be used to tie furniture and flooring together. A mix of shaggy and woven rugs can lighten dark wood floors and create a warm, cosy seating area.to soften hard edges, homeowners can use woven rugs with tassels.
Additionally, they can get neutral coloured rugs that provide a neutral backdrop. These go well with pale coloured upholstery.
What’s nice about using textured rugs to add warmth during the colder months of the year is that they can be stored during summer months, or put to good use elsewhere in a home.
You also have the option to shop around for affordable rugs that won’t wreak havoc on your bank account. Stores such as Mr Price Home, Sheet Street and other home décor stores stock a variety of smaller rugs, and larger shopping malls have a rug shop or two.you might not be a fan of real fur, but there are plenty of fabric stores that stock a variety of plush faux fur fabrics that you can use to replicate the look of furniture. Let’s be honest, a sheepskin does add a luxuriously warm- ing effect to a room.
Insulate windows Leaky windows can make a room chilly unless you have double glazing. Applying weatherproofing strips around window frames will cut down on draughts. Windows also let out a large amount of heat during the colder months so it’s always a good idea to have a set of winter drapes on hand to keep
Opt for wood pieces Not only is wood a natural insulator but it also makes a room feel warmer. Nowadays, you can find inexpensive alternatives to real wood if you don’t want to go through the hassle of cladding walls. For example, now you can buy wood-look wallpaper or vinyl planks that look almost as good as the real thing. These are
Accessories are a must Apply the layering method to floors, walls and furniture. Layers can help you decorate your home and keep it warm throughout the colder months without switching on the heater. Use throws and knitted rugs to keep warm when relaxing in the evenings.
leaky windows can make a room chilly unless you have double glazing.