As we start to pull out the winter woollies and shut out the cold of the evenings we can also create a warm and welcoming home through adapting our decoration and furniture layout, essentially creating our winter home wardrobe. One of the most obvious ways to do this is through colour.
All colours are associated with a temperature of cool/cold or warm/hot, and this can be used to psychologically make your home feel warmer. By using colours on the warm side of the colour wheel you instantly raise the perceived temperature of the room. Scientists have proved that reds and oranges, for example, increase our heart rate and blood flow, explaining why you actually feel physically warmer.
You often hear experts on TV shows telling you to repaint in a warm colour. Great idea, but in reality who would go to the trouble and expense of changing their wall colour scheme every season?
So how do you do it? Easy, using these 10 tips.

10 top tips to warm up your home in winter

  1. Use accessories and textures such as cushions, throws, rugs and artwork. Rich tones such as gold, mocha and brown create an instant warming effect.

  2. The new trend towards copper for accessories such as pendants, vases, platters etc. works well, and can be an inexpensive way of creating a warm and cosy effect.

  3. It is not uncommon for people to have several quilt covers. If you do then change it to a thicker, textured cover in warmer tones such as pinks and mauves or any colour on the warm side of the colour wheel. Anything with bulk adds to the perceived warmth. Adding a faux-fur throw on the end of the bed makes you want to curl up with a good book and cup of hot chocolate, especially on a cold and rainy Sunday afternoon.

  4. Add layers of blankets and cushions in all your bedrooms.

  5. Look for inspiration outside your window and bring the beautiful autumn leaves inside by placing them on the dining room table, putting them in a bowl or even a vase. Combine them with spicy fragrant candles for an instant injection of warming colours to your home.

  6. If you are in the process of replacing window treatments don’t go past lined curtains — they are the best and cheapest form of climate control available, and great for both winter and summer — in winter for keeping the heat in, and keeping it out in summer.

  7. Have a fireplace, reposition your furniture to face the fire and centre the room on the hearth, complete with extra cushions and throws. This, with a fluffy rug and a stack of freshly cut wood, has you set for the night.

  8. Add mood lighting by using floor lamps, table lamps or wall lights. Change the globe from a cool white to a warm white — but a word of warning here, it may change the colour of some rooms so do a trial with one light first before replacing all the globes in this way.

  9. Just because the temperature has dropped does not mean we have to abandon our outdoor rooms. The same principles apply to this room as it does to the indoors; however, we do need to create a barrier from wind and rain. To do this, clear café blinds are invaluable. Strategically placed they can cut out the winter chill yet create the feeling you are still outdoors.

  10. Another option is an outdoor heater such as those gas heaters you often see in cafés, or even an outdoor fireplace or fire pit.