Baby, it’s cold outside! Winter is the perfect time of year to give your interiors some love and attention as you bunker down for the season. After all, you are going to be spending a lot of time at home, so it makes sense for it to be as inviting as possible. Cosy is more than just being warm - it’s a state of mind. Here are some styling tips to make sure your home is hibernation-ready for winter.
1. Wintertime Hygge
With Australia on track to experience one of its coldest ever winters, let’s look to the experts to see how it’s done. The Danes know a thing or two about keeping cosy in cold weather, in fact, the Danish concept of ‘hygge’ is now widely known around the world as the art of keeping it cosy and snuggling up at home. In a country where dusk begins at 3pm and they still top the polls as the happiest people in the world - we think they might be on to something.
2. Let there be (candle) light
Candles are key to the hygge experience and too many is never enough. Picture individual candles flickering in the cosy nooks throughout your home, groups of candles on the table for dinnertime and more in the bathroom to create a calm ambience as you move through your bedtime routine. Some strategically placed lamps are also a good substitute for creating ambient light if candles are not an option.
3. Create a Sun Spot
Most homes have a corner that gets more winter sun than others. Make the most of it by rearranging your furniture. Move your sofa under a window or pair an occasional chair with some velvet cushions and a throw to create a wintertime nook that allows you to soak up some glorious winter sun.
4. Layers and Textures are always a good idea
Winter is the time to play with texture. Introduce some additional throws and cushions in warm, luxe fabrics to your space and watch it transform into a welcoming room that is perfect for hibernating. Keep the colours consistent and let the textures do all the work to create interest. And nothing says cosy like being wrapped up in a blanket fireside.
5. Bringing the outdoors indoors
Greenery is the ultimate colour pop when the skies are grey outside. Bring the outdoors indoors this winter and position some plants around your home. Studies have shown that even the sight of greenery reduces stress and increases alertness. If you have black thumbs, go artificial. Adding some plants is a simple and effective way to change the ambience – sign us up!
6. Refresh your Vignettes
A home overhaul isn’t just for Spring. Re-styling your vignettes for the colder weather can signal a change of season and will freshen up the overall feel of your home. There is a thin line between hibernation and cabin fever, and by changing some small details around your home on console tables and mantles, you can make sure you stay on the right side of it! Blooms, lamps, a mirror to amplify some light and some of your treasures are all you need.