It’s starting to get cold out there (for some of us, anyway) and it’s always a bummer when we have to start cranking up the thermostat – just more money out of our pockets as more heat slips through the cracks.Lucky for us, there are a few ways to make our homes feel cozier through look and feel, and maybe even help us save some money on the heating bill while we’re at it.1. Tighten your furniture formations.
Putting lots of space in your furniture arrangement can create pockets of isolation. It’s hard to feel close when everyone is sitting miles apartScooch furniture closer together to create a warmer, more intimate environment.2. Go traditional or rustic for a style that simmers with warmth.
Some styles (we’re not pointing any fingers, Modern) just have a colder feel than others. You feel snuggly when you hear “country cabin,” whereas “Bauhaus bunker” sounds like a bunch of cold angles.There’s no accounting for taste, which is a beautiful thing, but some designs just feel more comfortable to some.3. Try decorating in warmer materials.
As alluded to above, styles that rely on glass, concrete and steel can really bring the chills, and the leather sofa
that feels so warm and buttery in summer will really give you a jolt when the temperature drops.Warm up with more wood and upholstered furniture and you might notice things getting a little more comfy.4. Bring out the blankets and throws.
This is as practical as it is decorative. Blankets and throws
warm up rooms as well as they do cold feet.Drape them over furniture, stack them on the floor or just leaving them lying around; blankets in cold rooms don’t need to be folded.5. Focus flow through the warmest areas of your home.
In places where it’s really cold it’s not uncommon to close off sections of a house to save on heating. The same thing can be accomplished with a little intentional interior design.One way to work this into your design is to seal off leaky doors and then move furniture in front of them to fill out the room; to make it look like the natural flow of things. You can do the same with drafty windows and stairwells, too, if you won’t be using them in the winter months.Stay warm this winter, and enjoy using these tips to keep things cozy.