Interiors: Beat the Winter Blues
As the winter gloom sets in, make your home feel super cosy with splashes of colour, warm lighting and soft furnishings...
The cold and dark winter nights can really dampen your mood, but studies have shown that natural light, inspiring colours and plant life, among other things, can help to enhance positivity. As we tend to spend a lot more time than usual inside during these months, we’re bringing you our favourite tips and tricks on how to easily add some brightness to your home this season.
Embrace colour A great inexpensive way to brighten a home is to add colour. Contrary to what is often thought about white, it doesn’t actually brighten things up but instead turns quite dirty on a cloudy, dreary day. The best accents to add are yellow and green. Yellow represents the earth element in Feng Shui, while green is the colour associated with patience.
Wood warmth Dress up your home this season by using logs to create an autumnal centrepiece. For homes with open fires, place a basket of wood beside your hearth or alternatively, if you don’t have a fireplace, try stacking cut logs into a built in book shelf for a chic focal point that brings a little of the outdoors inside during the chillier months.
Make use of wall space A blank wall is a wasted opportunity so try to fill any blank wall space rather than letting it go bare. Family photographs or colourful artwork can make a great display on an accent wall as bare walls can make your living space appear cold and unwelcoming. Try out multiple sized frames or mounts to add character and make a room feel cosy. Create a seasonal ambience Ensure your living space is full of warm tones and soft lighting to add a seasonal ambience, says Lisa Broad, Head of Buying at Harveys. For example, a single, concentrated light source is a sure-fire way to neutralise any natural cosiness a room might have. Instead, consider spreading light by using various lamps or fairy lights. Similarly, by using a lower wattage bulb, you will create a softer, less intense light that will give off a much cosier feel.
Give your guests a warm welcome Swap out summer flowers, such as marigolds and hydrangeas, for autumnal accents. A bouquet, with shades of fiery red and burnt orange with leaves and red berries, displayed in a vase is an easy yet inviting way to welcome the new season and incorporate warming tones without breaking the bank.
Natural wood Using natural wood in a room, instead of glass furnishings, brings an instant feeling of warmth and creates a cosy atmosphere, according to Thomas Sanderson. Its versatility means that it can be used as furniture, flooring, or even as a wall fixing. Something as simple as a wooden dining table dressed with colourful accessories can create a feeling of warmth instantly.
Try a fresh, clean colour You don’t have to re-do your entire kitchen but the easiest way to transform its look is with a fresh coat of paint. Why not take this time to refresh the room with a new colour scheme? Light colours, such as duck egg blue or pale yellow, are your best bet if you want to open the space up and make it appear airier.
Switch up any metal It’s time to do away with cool metal tones, such as silver or chrome, and welcome warm metallics like copper, brass and rose gold to furnish interiors. As with wood, changing the colour of any metal furnishings can naturally evoke warmth and add a sense of luxe to a room.
Get the most out of your plants Little things like adding plants to your kitchen also help to brighten up your living space. While it’s difficult to keep most plants alive during colder months, ferns do well because they don’t require much light since they’re used to being surrounded by trees. However they do like to be watered frequently!
Lighten up Swap bright white bulbs to warm white bulbs to help make the bedroom feel cosier. Place lamps around the outside of the room to make the room feel more spacious, rather than putting lighting in the middle of the room which can make it appear smaller and darker.
Cover up bare floorboards Too much empty space can make a bedroom feel cold, so if you have wooden flooring rather than a carpet, opt for a rug in the winter months to add an element of comfort and create a warm ambience.
Add soft furnishings Drape soft blankets or a luxurious bedspread over the end of your bed and layer cushions of differing sizes to instantly transform your bedroom into a cosy burrow. This will warm the room and make it a more welcoming place to come and relax on a cold winter evening.
Heaven scent Candles not only bring light into the home but also help create a sense of intimacy and enhance relaxation. Pick scents such as sandalwood and cinnamon for the perfect autumnal scent.
Mood lighting Bathroom lighting tends to be bright out of necessity, which isn’t ideal for creating a calming atmosphere. If it’s possible, put your lights on a dimmer switch or arrange an array of candles, which are a great source of ambient lighting. Alternatively, you can also try some smaller chargeable lamps - just make sure they’re positioned away from the water.
Serene sounds Chargeable bluetooth speakers are a relaxing way to create the ultimate spa experience. Listening to calming music whilst in the shower will help transport you to a place of tranquillity, says Lucre Marketing.
Calming colours Choose earthy, natural colours to set the mood such as pale greens, browns and creams. A soft stone colour would be perfect for a smaller room where neutrals better create a sense of calm and space.
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