Winter has been with us for a month now which means we’ve got two to go. Embrace the chill and make your home even more inviting with simple design changes to your living room which guarantee a cosier climate to snuggle up in.
Jeff Andrews worked an interestingly contradictory vibe in the living room of Kourtney Kardashian’s previous home. It’s both desert chic and winter retreat proving that every style can be warmed up for winter. The fur throws and cushions, richly covered walls, sheer but patterned drapes, folky rug (as well as a roaring corner fireplace) instantly add warmth to the space.
Image Credit: Jay Jeffers (Photography: Matthew Millman)
2. Use warm colours
If you don’t know already, colours can be felt. meaning that they have an actual physiological influence on us. Warm (and dark) colours appear physically warmer – which is why they’re used so much in ski chalets – whilst cool, light colours appear physically cooler. This doesn’t just apply to neutrals – all colours have warm undertone options. Think indigo blue instead of sky blue, moss green instead of seafoam green and aubergine instead of violet. Incorporate some extra warmth into your home with a warm wood coffee table, a caramel wool throw or a beige rug. And don’t be discouraged if your space is predominantly cool – this Jay Jeffers living room nook schools in mixing warm hues (like in the wooden coffee table and panelling) with cooler ones (the sofa and rug).
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3. Find the right lighting
With short days and early nights, lighting really comes into its own in the wintertime and the benefits of layered lighting is well-known. But, regardless of how well-layered a lighting scheme is, the wrong kind of lighting will never offer a cosy vibe. Opt for golden or warm bases which will reflect a warm glow into your room as well as warm white or soft white light bulbs.
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4. Cover wooden floors with a rug
Luxury rugs add extra depth to a room and create a visually composed space. Ground your living room seating arrangement with a lustrous rug for a comfortable underfoot experience this wintertime. Decadent silken designs are particularly enjoyable in the wintertime, encouraging hours of lying by the fire with a good book. The movement found in these designs also helpfully conceals any dirt or heavy usage – some of winter’s less redeeming qualities.