Summer may still be very much in full swing in some parts of the United States, but in many spots, cooler temperatures have begun to arrive to remind us that autumn and winter are not far ahead.
As the season changes, we are inevitably drawn inside more and more. In our homes, we crave cozy, warm environments—but that can be difficult to achieve if our homes are arranged or designed in a way that doesn't afford the feeling of warmth. This includes everything from warm colors to cozy blankets and accent pieces, to the use of wooden furniture and fireplaces.
Find out how to ready your home for the winter months with a new, winter-friendly interior design from the Reflective Designer.
Warm colors for a cozy winter
Think of summer sunsets. Which colors do you see? Glowing oranges? Radiant reds? Explosive pinks? These colors—along with varying hues—bring summer’s warmth into our homes during the coldest months of the year, and add a touch of comfort even when the temperatures outside have plummeted.
Combining these colors helps make larger rooms feel warmer and cozier, helping keep the winter chill at bay. While these colors are easily applied to walls and accent pieces, furniture in these shades is an excellent option, too. Rich, deep colors make it easy to sink into a sofa covered by a thick blanket, lazing away the year’s coldest months.
Blankets, throws, poufs, and pillows
One of the best parts of winter is that it’s a months-long excuse to spend time indoors lounging, especially if you have a new, warm-colored couch that’s begging to be broken in. What really helps give your new couch or lounge chair that worn-in feeling is giving yourself, family, and guests options for covering up under a range of textiles.
Some of the most popular items include:
- Thick, cotton quilts
- Wool, animal skin, or faux fur throws
- Flannel sheets
- Cashmere throws and blankets
- Cable-knit weaves
Each of these covers comes in every color of the spectrum. But choosing equally warm, complementary colors to your warm walls or furniture can add an additional sense of comfort during winter. However, opting for neutral colors like gray, white, or light blacks, work just as well, and create depth in even the snuggest rooms.
Whether you choose warm or cooler colors to snuggle up under, be sure to weigh whether or not they complement each other. If you’re unsure, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for a consultation. We can help you find the perfect palette to settle in for your coziest winter yet.
You don’t need a fireplace or a log cabin in the mountains to feel the warmth of wood. Even subtle pieces (think: end tables, coffee tables, media stands, frames, blinds) can add a peaceful, warming feeling to any room. However, opting for a brand new wood floor or wall panels can transform your living room, kitchen, bedroom, and virtually any other room into a warm environment.
One of the latest trends in the world of wood is using reclaimed pieces to add a unique, personalized feel to any space. This could be anything from a treated tree stump used as an end table, larger pieces such as a coffee table, or even a neat pile of cut wood for a rustic feel. With wood, even small pieces can go a long way.
Get ready for winter with the Reflective Designer
While it can be difficult to say goodbye to summer, autumn and winter give us the chance to embrace each season and to appreciate the environment our homes provide us. Give your home the winter redesign you deserve with the Reflective Designer. Get in touch with us today to get started.