Can you believe it’s the depth of winter time in Seattle? It feels as though Spring should be around the corner at this point! But with this new snowfall, it’s now time to pull out those fluffy blankets, light apple cinnamon candles, and start using that slow cooker. In the colder months, it can sometimes feel as though you can’t get your home to feel warm and cozy, but here are some easy ways in which you can embrace the winter chill.
- Dimmed Lighting. When it comes to ambience, it is all about lighting. There is so much you can do to change the entire feel of a space just by adjusting its illuminance. Replacing overhead lights with low voltage bulbs will do wonders for your home’s level of visual warmth.
- Bake, Bake, Bake! There is something very nostalgic and comforting about walking into a room aromatic of fresh baked goods. Sense of smell is often something we overlook when creating a cozy space, but it speaks (or smells) volumes to overall coziness and ambience. If you’re not much of a baker, you can create this feeling with scented candles or pre-packaged cookie dough. We guarantee a change in your overall mood and warmth levels!
- Add Texture to Your Interiors. One very basic way in which you can create warmth within a space is by implementing textural details. Wooley throw blankets and shaggy rugs create both visual and acoustical warmth, not to mention tactile.
- Explore New to You Areas. Sometimes it is fun to re-explore small areas in your home. We often spend most of our time in the main functional spaces, and forget that there are other spots that you overlook daily. Whether it is a guest bedroom with a new perspective of the outdoors, or a small chair and floor lamp in the foyer, you’ll find yourself with a new sense of appreciation when you spend time in these otherwise neglected areas. Read a book, sip some tea, and rediscover what made you love your home in the first place..
- Find Your Sparkle. Who says strings of lights are only for the holidays? There is nothing more charming than adding sparkle to your space using lighting, mirrors, and surfaces- and we mean year round. When you implement extra reflection, your space takes on a sense of magic while simultaneously feeling warmer and more welcoming.
- Calming Music and Sounds. In today’s world, we are exposed to so many senses throughout the day, we often find ourselves overstimulated by the time we get home. One of the easiest ways to turn off the static in our minds is to change the sound in our surroundings. Turn off your appliances and electronics and focus on the sounds nature outside. Put on soothing, repetitive music that is somewhat predictable, and simply unwind.