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Beat the winter blues

It’s cold and cloudy outside.  You look around your room and think “I wish this felt a little cosier and inviting”.

Decorate to beat the winter blues.

Toast your toes

Sounds obvious but as Sydneysiders our homes aren’t often well equipped to handle the winter chill. Seems simple but there are many heating options for different budgets. Chat to the team at the Good Guys for some great ideas to meet your needs. Ensure you have a heater to warm your room and if you have a ceiling fan switch it to reverse to push the warm air down.

Snuggle up to something soft

Surrounding yourself with cushions looks fabulously cosy and is a lovely way to feel snuggly.  It also provides you with a place to lay your head when you want to catch a quick nap and warm up a room by adding a splash of colour and/or texture to your sofa. Try Freedom’s Sleepy Cushion or Pillow Talk’s Habitat Coastline Cushions or Bambury Mongolian Lambswool Cushions.

Wrap yourself up

What better way to warm up than under a throw whilst reading a book or watching your favourite movie.  A throw even comes in handy when sitting down for a good natter with close friends or family.  Try one of this season’s hottest trends fur (faux of course) like the Home Republic Montana Fur Throw from Adairs or alternatively, the Sleepy throw from Freedom.

Tip: check out our story on how to choose cushion colours to suit your décor at https://homehq.com.au/need-help-choosing-cushions/

Light up with lamps 

One of the easiest ways to change the mood of a room is lighting, and lamps are an important element in creating a cosy environment.  Position them next to a comfortable chair for reading or beside the sofas.  Turn the main lights off at night and you have the perfect cosy and welcoming light.

Tip: use warm white lightbulbs in your ceiling and lamps as they cast a warm light across the room as opposed to a cold blue light.

Warm your room underfoot with a rug

Rugs serve two functional purposes, warmth underfoot especially on wooden or tiled floors, and defining areas within a room.  Rugs also have the added benefit of adding texture, colour and movement to your room.

Tip: When trying rugs out, use your feet not your hands.  The skin on your foot is tougher so the rug may be softer under foot than your soft hands lead you to believe.

Somewhere for your cuppa

Make sure you have a place to put your mug of hot chocolate/coffee whatever you chose beside you.  No one wants to get up when they are warm and snuggly.  A side table like the Salu side table from Early Settler or the Revolution nest of tables from By Dezign.  If you don’t have room have you thought about a small stool as a side table like Cleopatra Side Table from Freedom or the one of the lovely wooden stools from Shack.

Images found on Pinterest.

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