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Tips for keeping your home cozy in the winter

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Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.

There are many things to love about the wintertime — and then there are some not-so-loveable things. The weather is cold, the days are short and a large amount of time is spent indoors.

This year, before the inevitable cabin fever strikes, take the opportunity to decorate your home in a way that will celebrate the season and lift your mood. These are my five tips for creating a cozy home you’ll be happy to hibernate in until spring.

Add color

Combat the winter blues by adding a healthy dose of color to your interior. Just because it’s dull and dreary outside doesn’t mean the inside of your house has to be. If you’re bold enough to commit to it, paint a central wall in your home a cheery color, such as royal blue, kelly green or even a pastel pink. For a temporary trick, simply add a slip cover to your couch, fun throw pillows to your bed or a colorful piece of art over the mantel.

Let there be light

It’s important to maximize the amount of light in your home to keep spirits high amidst short days and long nights. The first order of business is adding a few extra mirrors to double the amount of light your room recieves. Not only will a mirror amplify the light source, but it will also create the illusion of space. After the sun sets, you’ll want to have a nice selection of lamps and light fixtures to rely on. Remember: Not all lightbulbs are created equal! Choose soft, white lightbulbs to create a nice ambiance.

Functional fabrics

Stay warm throughout the winter with a smart mix of seasonally appropriate fabrics. Whether you’re adding curtains to the windows, slip covers to the dining room chairs or a throw blanket at the end of your bed, choose thick fabrics with an inviting, cozy texture. Some of my favorite fabrics for winter include velvet, flannel and knit. Wool is another great choice — not only is it warm, but it comes in a number of manufactured variations from chenille to cashmere.

Face the fireplace

During the winter, the fireplace becomes the center of attention. If the hearth in your home is a subtle architectural detail for most of the year, allow it to be functional and stylish this season. Begin by rearranging your furniture so that nothing is blocking the fireplace and you can safely use it. Place your couch or chairs so that they are angled toward the warmth. Next, top the mantel with plants, porcelain or collections of any kind, then decorate the fireplace with a grate and screen that complements your home’s style.

Layer up

Winter layers don’t apply just to clothing — they apply to home decor, too! Keep your feet warm as the temperature drops by layering rugs on top of hardwood, tile or even carpet. For a rustic, bohemian look, layer rugs in a patchwork pattern, and don’t be afraid to experiment with mixing color and texture. If your style is more traditional or contemporary, layer a smaller, neutral rug directly on top of a larger, colorful rug. To avoid a tripping hazard, rugs with a higher pile should be the top layer.

How do you make your home a cozy winter hideaway?

Bree

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How to create a cozy bedroom

how to create a cozy bedroom

Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.

Hibernation season is here! Before your schedule becomes packed with holiday celebrations and trips to the airport to pick up houseguests, take time to recharge. Brew a cup of tea, pull on your favorite socks and turn your bedroom into the ultimate cozy lair. But beware—with just a few adjustments and tended-to details, you’ll never want to leave!

Color Palette

An easy way to adjust the mood of a room is with color. By eliminating harsh colors or aggressive prints, you’ll be one step closer to a sweet dream-inducing bedroom. Neutrals such as white, gray, beige and earth tones are a visual reminder to slow down and relax. Mixing shades of neutrals creates a particularly soothing effect. Even better? These soft tones are appropriate year round!

Furniture

Of course there are the obvious necessities for bedroom furniture, but a few additions can go a long way. A tufted headboard is a good choice because unlike metal or wood, an upholstered material will absorb the cold rather than reflect it. A serene bedroom is simple, even minimal, but consider what other furniture might be useful. A bench at the end of the bed is a nice place to sit down to put your shoes on in the morning. If you have the space, a comfy armchair in the corner is a great place to lay your clothes out for the next day and can double as a reading nook. If you don’t already have one, a bedside table is a must. This is where you can set your cup of tea or keep your must-read books.

Bedding

The bed is the star of any cozy bedroom, so make it the centerpiece it deserves to be! The most inviting bed is always the bed that is made. Take the extra two minutes in the morning to tuck in your sheets and fluff your pillows—it’ll make a huge difference in your mood when you come home after a long day. A down comforter is a must-have, especially in the winter, and don’t forget a few extra pillows! Add a heavy quilt at the end of your bed for a little extra color. This quilt or blanket can also act as an extra layer on cold nights.

Rugs

What’s the worst way to start the morning? Bare feet on a cold floor. A cozy bedroom should have a large area rug—or two! Place a smaller rug, such as a sheepskin or shag rug, directly at your bedside so you can start your day on a warm note. Layered rugs will help maintain heat throughout the room and add visual texture, too.

Curtains

Curtains are hibernation essentials. Not only do they block out light, but they also muffle outside sounds so you can sleep as late into the morning as you please. Similarly to the rugs underfoot, curtains will also keep the cold air at bay. Choose a heavy fabric such as brocade to keep you and the room snug.

Lighting

Last but not least, an inviting bedroom isn’t complete without mood lighting. Install a dimmer on your overhead light to get soft light whenever you please without the fuss of candles. A few strands of Christmas lights can also be hung in neat, decorative ways around your headboard to get the same romantic glow. Lastly, replace bulbs in your bedside table lamps with the soft white variety for the ultimate hibernation space.

Bree