It’s that time of the year again! Winter is upon us. Not everyone can handle snowy, cold winters, but here in Wisconsin, we thrive when the temperatures drop. But, no matter how much you love getting outdoors in winter, it’s always wonderful to return to a warm, inviting home. Now is the time to have the fireplace swept and pull on a pair of cozy slippers.
And, with a couple of small changes, you can transform your living room into a winter oasis.
Pillows and Blankets – Soft furnishings always invite people to snuggle up and unwind. The more pillows and blankets, the better. Pull any that you have out of the cupboards and give them a good clean. If it’s been awhile since you updated your throw pillows, you may want to consider updating them – either with new fillers or new covers.
Feel the Fire – A roaring fire is the reason you return home in the afternoon. Although your couches and chairs may be turned towards the television during summer, consider shuffling everything to take advantage of your fireplace. (You can always move the TV for Packers games, right?)
Floor Runners and Rugs – Let’s face it, snow melts – and a lot of it will melt in your mudroom. But that doesn’t mean you should leave all your rugs in the entrance. Add some color and warmth with a few rugs or an extra runner. It will add instant warmth to your living room and help maintain your floors.
Add Some Light – It may get dark before you leave the office, but your living room should never be dreary. Add an extra lamp to dark corners and look for light bulbs with a strong, warm glow. If you already have as many lamps as you can handle, consider new shades, perhaps slightly smaller or lighter than your current ones.
Play with Color – Don’t be afraid to play with bold colors in winter. Seasonal reds and greens offset with strong whites add a touch of tradition to your living room. But, you can always add more white (for a lighter feeling), work with natural, neutral tones (to bring the outdoors in), or try some light blue and gray (for a modern winter appeal).
A few changes, a hot cocoa, and your family nearby… what more could you want this winter?