Often you can find that particular rooms lack warmth. Either the actual temperature, or just the feel of the room due to lack of use. Just because winter is coming to an end doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t introduce warmth into your interior- just do it in a different way. You can prepare for spring and summer and the warmth they bring as well as enjoying the last dregs of winter while curled up in the warm indoors.
Warmth in winter brings forward the idea of reds and orange, fireplaces and tartan blankets. But as we head into spring, focus on sunshine and yellow. Now you don’t want your home to be blindingly yellow, so try hints of okra against a ranges if greys. You can also use blues for warmth – which some may find off seeing as blue so often represents cold. But use a sky blue or a duck egg blue, even a teal would work perfectly. Renovating your home can he as simple as a lick if paint, but it can also be complicated enough that you might want help from someone like Guy Phoenix. Getting a professionals advice is great and can help to ease stress, but don’t lose sight of your dream look.
Don’t get rid of the throw cushions and blankets, merely swap out the knit and fleece cushion covers with cotton and linen. Use a thin knit, cashmere blend blanket rather than a full on fluffy one. We all love to snuggle with a blanket year round, but no one wants to sweat away under one through the spring. Having a thin but soft blanket around is also perfect for those evenings where the faint breeze gives you a little shiver.
Candles are great for giving a room warmth – and not just the physical kind. The smells they release gives you that homely feeling, making you cosy and warm inside. You can replicate this, without the physical flame with diffusers in place of a candle. Use your favourite scents and still get that perfect ‘at home’ feeling.
Lighting can make a huge difference to a room. Bright, industrial lighting can make you feel exposed, uncomfortable and just plain annoyed. Lower lighting, with an orange glow rather than a yellow one goes a long way to make the room feel warmer. Use strings of lights instead of candle or fire light. And look at installing a dimmer for your overhead lights.
Warmth, like we mentioned before, doesn’t have to be based on the temperature of the room. Warmth in a home can be about the feeling you have – and often that comes from a home that is lived and lived in. A space that is comfortable and welcoming. And a great way for your home to feel this way is to have personal, family photographs around the place. Not only does it look lovely, it gives any visitors an insight into your life.