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...

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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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