If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll already know just how much I love the changing seasons. Autumn especially is a truly magnificent time of year. The air is crisp, the trees are red; everywhere you look there are signs that winter is on its way.
With the weather getting cooler and the days growing shorter, now is the time to make your home feel as warm, cosy and comfortable as possible. Bearing in mind that warmth is perceived as well as felt, these are some simple ways to add warmth to your home:
Much like we wear extra layers of clothing in winter, adding layers to our interiors makes our homes look warm. Think cushions, rugs, and throws – these soft furnishings add texture, colour, and depth.
These images, taken from Bianca Lorenne Fine Linens, are a great example. The layers create a definite feeling of warmth.
(View images on the Bianca Lorenne website)
Good quality drapes add warmth both literally and perceptively. Thermal coated fabrics are supposed to keep heat in, but to really help prevent heat from escaping through glass and aluminium joinery, fully lined curtains are the way to go. Two layers are better than one, after all!
If your home is more traditionally styled, you might consider including a bumph (a sort of interlining which sits between the curtain fabric and the lining). This would add considerable warmth as well as volume to your drapes.
When it’s cold outside it feels especially luxurious to sink down into a deep, soft sofa, or to curl up in a cosy armchair. With long evenings ahead of us, comfortable furniture to rest and relax in is a must.
This David Shaw sofa, George, has a feather-wrap seat and back cushions for comfort and luxury, making it ideal for winter. Add a throw and some cushions, and you’ll never want to leave your living room!
Furnishings made from synthetic fibres might be more affordable, but the quality and comfort of natural fibres certainly makes the added cost worthwhile. When you’re looking to add warmth you can’t go wrong with wool and feathers. Wrap yourself up in a feather down duvet, or rest your feet on a sheepskin rug – nature really knows how to keep the heat in.
Interior Designer, Tauranga
If you’re interested in any of the furnishings featured in this blog post, or you’d like assistance adding warmth to your home this winter, just give me a call. I’d love to hear from you.