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