HAP­PILY HI­BER­NAT­ING

CO­COON TIME, FOLKS – AS WE RE­TREAT FROM THE COLD WE CAN MAKE OUR CAVES FEEL WARMER WITH­OUT A CAMP­FIRE

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | HOME - WORDS: SHAYNNA BLAZE SELL­ING HOUSES AUS­TRALIA

It’s that time of year again when we dis­ap­pear into our caves and have al­ready started count­ing down the days un­til next sum­mer. On go the jumpers all day, socks in­stead of thongs and we find it hard to make our­selves go out at night when it is dark by 6pm. But take a pos­i­tive out­look to win­ter and you might start to en­joy the hi­ber­na­tion in your ‘cave’ over the next few months.

LIGHT­ING

Lamps are the best way to cre­ate mood and at­mos­phere. If you think of win­ter with its rolling clouds and stormy greys – these too are mood cre­ators. If you have lamps in your bed­rooms and lounge ar­eas – whether floor or table lamps – try swap­ping them around or just change a few shades to get a dif­fer­ent mood or feel. In the lounge, cre­ate a cor­ner of light with a floor lamp, table lamp and can­dle­light on a cof­fee table nearby, then switch off all the over­head lights. This will cre­ate a dra­matic spill of light that will in­fuse the main part of the lounge.

COLOUR

You are stuck in­side any­way, so in­stead of go­ing on the tread­mill or gym, paint a room! For six months why not try be­ing dra­matic. Stick to the colour scheme you have but in­stead go three to four shades darker than the wall colour you have. If it feels too dark, do the light­ing trick and then add two to three light coloured cush­ions to the couch to cre­ate a bit of punch against the new dra­matic colour. By go­ing deeper in colour you are cre­at­ing a co­coon­ing ef­fect in the room with­out hav­ing to in­vest in all new fur­ni­ture and cov­er­ings. When spring comes along re­paint to your orig­i­nal colour and you will again feel like you have a new house.

FAB­RICS

I am a big one for hav­ing a stack of cush­ion cov­ers and throws high up in the linen cup­board that I can bring out and change the look in­stantly. When it’s win­ter, I like to have fab­rics that are tac­tile – like short fring­ing, raised vel­vets and a fur-like feel so you can run your fin­gers through the fab­rics. By hav­ing cov­ers with zips or but­tons, you don’t have to store the insert and you can save by not hav­ing to buy more cush­ions.

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