You’ve already prepped your home for fall with our fall checklist, but did you know that you can also winterize your décor? The transition from fall to winter is an opportunity to update and redecorate your home’s interior, while getting it ready to handle shorter days and colder temps. Just as with your winter wardrobe, the key to making your home warmer and more functional for the winter months is by adding layers.
Layer Your Window Treatments
Bamboo shades have a beautiful tropical feel, great for those easy, breezy summer days. But the perfect solution for summer window treatments is not necessarily the best option for homes in the winter, especially in northern climates. With cold temperature looming ahead, consider replacing those woven woods with energy efficient cellular shades. Double or triple honeycomb cell shades provide an extra layer of insulation to your windows. Choose a style that brings color and personality into your room’s décor, and they’ll give you an airy and bright look when the summer rolls around again.
Hanging drapery panels is another way to add layers and warmth — and you can add them as a complement to your existing blinds or shades. Options include stationary panels or curtains that open and close, and they’re available in countless patterns and colors. Look for fabrics and trims that coordinate with the sofa or chair upholstery in the room.
Layer Your Accessories
For an inexpensive yet dramatic way to redecorate for winter, add to your accessories. You can try out different colors, textures, fabrics and elements without making a major purchase. They can be moved from room to room and easily packed away when the season changes to spring.
One of the best (and inexpensive!) winter design tricks is to layer your sofa with lots of throw pillows. Depending on your design aesthetic, accent pillows can complement or contrast with the other colors in the room. Don’t forget to cozy-up your bed with a variety of sizes, textures and colors as well. You’ll warm up the room both figuratively and literally.
Winter is the time to stay home and snuggle in front of the fireplace. Throw blankets add a functional and aesthetically pleasing layer to any room. Place a warm, chunky, knit afghan or faux fur coverlet on the back of your sofa, add a cup of tea and settle down with a good book in your winter-ready room.
Layer What’s Underfoot
Chilly feet and icy toes are a hallmark of winter, but they don’t have to be. Adding an area rug to a bare floor in the living room and bedroom is a warm and comfy way to transition from summer to winter. An area rug is a great solution because it can become a permanent fixture, or it can be temporary and portable — you can easily move it from room to room or house to house, or just choose a new one next season. Already have wall-to-wall carpet? It’s perfectly ok to layer a rug over wall-to-wall carpeting for more depth and visual interest.
Welcome the winter into your home with layers of warmth and texture, and you’ll rejuvenate your décor while staying cozy at the same time.
Katie Laird is the Director of Social Marketing for Blinds.com and a passionate home decorator for her family with a love of all things Mid-Century Modern and blue. Check out the Blinds.com website to find window shades and other treatments to help add warmth to your home this winter.