If you dread chilly winter evenings creeping in, consider cheering up your family home with some simple design additions to add a warm atmosphere during this time of the year. In fact, up to 20% of us suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), so prepping up your house, especially the decor in your bedrooms as they’re the primary refuge during the cooler months, is a great idea for beating the winter blues.
Despite the San Francisco climate barely freezing over, the drop in temperatures and wet weather can still contribute to our mood so making small changes around the home will give you a welcome retreat to kick back and relax in.
Add warmth to your home
Who doesn’t like the idea of cozying up in front of an open fire on a cold, winter’s evening? With the lack of daylight hours, fire is our closest source to natural light. Unfortunately, not all of us have the option of a fireplace inside our homes but there are some great alternatives to a traditional fire which use ethanol and don’t require a flue. Install a stunning ethanol fireplace that doesn’t produce the mess of smoke or soot, but will still add a terrific focal point and a homely welcome to a room. Think also about adding decorative candles around a room to boost a glowing atmosphere which will add both light and warmth.
Bring in the light
The importance of natural light is often overlooked as we draw heavy curtains to keep the cold draughts out but it’s key to maintaining a positive well being. On a practical level, make sure your windows and doors are adequately insulated with no leaks. Keep your windowsills free from obstructions although plants can be a welcomed addition to perk ourselves up when there are so few daylight hours. If you’re thinking a coat of paint, use light, warm hues to make your home brighter and strategically use mirrors placed in front of windows to reflect the amount of light in your rooms.
Indulge in accessories
Take the chill off winter by pampering yourself with warm and comfortable textures throughout your home. Choose soft fabrics like faux fur, sheepskin or wool for throws and stock up on some extra cushions to make your comfy areas as snug as possible. Additionally, place rugs on bare floors or add to a carpeted one which will not only keep your feet toasty and your kids happy to lounge on but it will also enhance the character of a room.
Preparing your family home for winter starts as early as possible to give you plenty of time to find the right look and feel you want. By the time Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas comes around, you’ll be all wrapped up in time.