Winter is a beautiful season, but the lack of sunlight, the stresses and strains that Christmas can sometimes bring, and the winter blues gnawing at your energy levels, you need a quiet space to come home to and unwind in.
We’ve compiled a list of simple tips to turn your home into a haven that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Chunky throws, blankets and pillows are a must when setting your room up for the winter. After a long day of shopping, you’ll want to come home to escape from the pandemonium. So bury your bed in a sea of velvet and fluffy cushions and soft furnishings and let yourself sink into comfort.
If you have laminate flooring, a faux sheepskin rug can also transform your room into an instantly cosier space you can truly relax in. Don’t let the cold underfoot make you dread getting up in the morning.
Your first instinct might be to opt for a brighter colour scheme during the winter to maximise space and bring light and energy in. If you have a small area, neutrals and sunny colours tend to make a room look bigger and although perfect for summer, they can make a space feel sparse in colder months. Darker shades on the other hand create an intimate and atmospheric vibe, perfect for hunkering down in to escape the winter blues.
You don’t have to go all out, however – a full decorating job this close to Christmas could turn into a last-minute nightmare! Golds and reds are wonderful colours to use; cushions, throws, blankets and heavy curtains, blinds or blankets are truly seasonal and accessible. They will also help retain some of that much-needed heat too – it’s a win-win!
Lamps are a great addition to your room and can relieve your eyes from harsh ceiling lights. Whether you opt for a nightstand light, or want to make more of a statement with a floor lamp, choose ‘warm white’ bulbs to create a cosier environment you’ll never want to leave.
Candles and tea lights add a homely glow throughout your room. Scented ones not only smell heavenly, but they can also have calming properties. Lavender is a favourite for those who need a bit of help getting to sleep, and ginger- or cinnamon-based concoctions will surely get you into the Christmas spirit.
Nothing says Christmas like glitter, and fairy lights. But we don’t mean those of the vibrant flashing variety! Subtle, dimmed lights that bring a splash of colour and a touch of magic to your room are perfect. Hang them over mirrors and curtain rails, and dot them around your shelves.
Fairy lights aren’t the only way to make your room festive. Sophisticated trinkets are an ideal way to show your love for the holiday season without compromising on your colour scheme. Keep an eye out for miniature silver trees, or painted holly. Or, if you’re the creative type, why not make your own ornaments? Dried flowers, seed heads and grasses spray-painted in metallic hues are low-cost and highly effective.
Here at Hartleys, we want your Christmas to be perfect – which is why we’re always here to help no matter how big (or small) the project might be. Just give us a call on 01756 700471 or contact a member of our friendly team today for more information on how to transform your space with bespoke bedroom furniture.