As the darker and colder months of the year roll in, we find ourselves spending more time indoors, especially in our own homes. Many people choose not to renovate their homes in the winter since they are at home more often, but that doesn’t mean that you have to live in the same old setting. There are small tips and tricks that can make your living room, bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen feel like new.
- Rearrange Your Furniture
You can make an entire room look like it was remodeled with rearranging your furniture. We recently posted a blog about Feng Shui, the movement or flow of your home decor, to help you in deciding where to place your furniture by room. Sometimes your home can begin to feel static after having the same things in the same places for long amounts of time. Give your major rooms a small makeover by switching the placement of your couch and tv, or rotating the placement of your shelf top accessories. You’ll be surprised how big of a difference this small step can make in your home!
- Bring Out The Cozy Blankets
There’s no better way to enjoy a cold winter evening than cuddled up on the couch with some tea or cocoa and a big fuzzy blanket. Blankets are a great way to temporarily add more colors, patterns, or texture to your existing furniture. You can add a basket of blankets to the edge of your fireplace, or drape them over the backs of your couches and chairs for an added aesthetic and easy access.
- Warm Your Toes With Rugs
Many people have moved away from carpeted living rooms and bedrooms, but it makes for colder feet in the winter. If you haven’t invested in a nice area rug, this might be the time! Rugs can help reduce the early morning chill when you get out of bed and slow down pet hair tumbleweeds. Wood, tile, and linoleum floors can hold the cold making your home feel cooler, even when the air is warm. This is a great way to add coziness into your aesthetic and warmth for your toes and furry friends!
- Hang The Lights
Christmas lights and candles offer a warmer light than most overhead lights in bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens, and living rooms. The orange glow (instead of the blue-green lights from LED and fluorescent lights) will give the room a warmer tone. Candles allow for the perceived warmth of the flame and can come in delicious & inviting smells. If you’re worried about the fire hazard, battery powered candles can still offer a similar effect! Table and floor lamps typically run with warmer-toned incandescent lights. You can level-up the feel of your evenings with lighting lamps and candles and turn off the overhead lights.
*Bonus* One more extra tip for keeping your home warm without feeling stuffy! If you have a ceiling fan, flip the switch to make the fan pull air up from the floor and towards the ceiling. This trick can help keep circulation in the room with your heat on without you feeling like you can’t escape the cold wind!
If you’re looking to do more in your home this holiday season, check out our Kitchen & Bathroom Design Galleries, and play around with the Virtual Kitchen Designer. Reach out to us at Galaxie Home for more information regarding your specific home needs!