Normally, we might not have our sights set on winter just yet, but the recent weather patterns make it seem as if fall has left us for good this year! You might be trying to make sure all of your to-dos are crossed off your fall home maintenance list as quickly as you can before the REAL cold hits us. While we applaud your efforts in making sure you’re keeping the cold out and the heat in your home, did you know that there are other ways you can warm up your home as well?
From romantic lighting options to soft textures and cozy alternatives, you can transform even the sleekest, most modern home into a comfy winter weather getaway. Here are 8 easy things you can do to transform your home today!
Think Warm Colors – The cool hues of blue, green, and purple tend to take us away to a coastal paradise (or an arctic oasis in the summer), but they can really dampen the mood when winter arrives. To warm up your home instantly, think fire-hued tones of gold, terra-cotta, and mahogany. Yellow, brick, and rust will also have a similar warming effect. If you happen to have white walls (and don’t want to paint), you can always warm up your space with these warm colors in your furniture, rugs, and accessories.
Cover the Floors – Bare hardwood or tile floors are great for the summertime heat, but they can become very uninviting when the chill of winter creeps in. Cover your floors with area rugs to bring a pop of color to the space and give your feet a warmer feel. Runners in the hallways are an excellent addition as well!
Bolster the Windows – Is your favorite chair next to a drafty window? Don’t suffer all winter long (or avoid that cozy chair) – take the time right now to weather-strip your windows! You can find cheap but durable material at the local hardware store, and even the most inexperienced of homeowners can do this simple task. If worse comes to worse, consider moving the chair to a warmer spot in the house.
Pull Out a Throw – Throws don’t just help keep you warm – they can add color and pattern to a room as well! Be sure to keep a few throws near your chairs and sofas to snuggle with during the winter. Don’t forget to put a few in your bedroom and guest bedrooms as well!
Hang Heavier Drapes – Bid a temporary farewell to the light and breezy summer sheers and break out the heavier drapes for the winter season. These types of drapes will help block out the cold winds and keep your home nice and warm. Besides, the right drape can add a sense of opulence to your space!
Choose the Right Accessories – It’s time to put away the silk floral arrangements and seaside decorations in favor of baskets of pinecones, cozy-looking knickknacks, and fleece pillows. Even the simplest of decorations can provide just the right touch to help your home feel warm and inviting.
Add the Right Lighting – The glow of ambient lighting can make anyone feel right at home! Be sure to add some candles on the coffee table or light a fire in the fireplace if you have one. Your guests will especially appreciate the glow that this type of lighting provides.
Play With Warm Scents – Winter is the time for warmer scents! Cinnamon, apple, pine, or even bayberry can really elevate the mood in an instant. For extra warmth, try baking some of yummy treats with these scents (pumpkin pie and cinnamon rolls, anyone?!). You’ll get the aroma, warm up your home, and fill your belly all at once!
What’s your favorite way to give your home a warmer feel during the winter? Let us know on our Facebook page or tell us in the comments below! Remember, whether you’re in the hunt for a new home or need a reliable agent to help you sell your home, call the experts at the Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298!