Win­ter is com­ing! Quick de­sign hacks for your home

Quick de­sign hacks for your home

The Luxury Collection - - Con­tents - -By An­dre Ca­mara

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.

Get Lay­er­ing

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.

Cozy Fab­rics

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.

Colour tones

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.

Wooden El­e­ments

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.

Be Ro­man­tic!

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!

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