The seasons are changing, and now we have longer nights and shorter days. The holidays will be here before you know it. It’s the perfect time to make sure that your home remains vibrant and welcoming for residents and guests alike.
First thing’s first, you need to have ample lighting. In the winter, natural light is out the window (no pun intended) after about 5:00 p.m. Consider adding table lamps, a chandelier or recessed lighting to brighten your room after the sun goes down. Or you can add battery-powered candles to safely add soft light and scent to your room.
Another great option for lighting is a fireplace, which gives off both heat and light and really creates a warm ambience in any room. If you have a real working gas or wood-fueled fireplace, give it a good cleaning and take full advantage of it. If your home doesn’t have one, an electric fireplace is an excellent substitute.
Next, update the room’s decor with warmer colors (think reds, oranges, and yellows). Start with the paint and window treatments, and then branch out to your accessories like wall art, decorative pillows, and knickknacks.
Finally, make your room cozy. Comfortable seating (or bedding if you’re working on a bedroom), fluffed pillows and soft sherpa throws are not only inviting, but they will make your family and friends want to stick around longer.
These simple updates will turn any room into the warm and inviting room you’ll proudly show off to friends and family.
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Interior Designer Remya Warrior is a business owner and space planning expert who has specialized in kitchen design for over a decade. She spoke with us about her work, what inspires her, and some tips for homeowners who may be taking on a design project.
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