It has now hit winter and baby, it’s cold outside. As the chill air and frost starts to settle, it’s time to make your home a refuge. Create a comfortable space where you can escape from the chill. Add some warmth with these simple steps.

Vary Textiles

Now is the time to bring out the blankets. Add some colorful throws to the back of your couches, foot of the beds and folded up neatly in baskets in the corner. Knits are especially in this season so the chunkier the blanket the better. Nothing tells your guests to warm up faster then a cozy blanket nearby.

 

Focus on the Wood

The all-natural, log cabin feel is perfect for winter. Look for rich colors of wood living room furniture and dining room tables. A nice end table with winter-themed decorations atop is a great addition to your winter look.

 

Plants and Foliage

Springtime plants are not around this time of year, but that doesn’t mean you have to ignore nature altogether. Use fake red and orange leaves to create a garland on your mantle or in your centerpiece. Shop around for a real evergreen wreath and decorate it with ribbon and holly berries. Some greenhouses may sell red and orange flowers to help you warm up the space.

 

Open Fire

Candles are perfect this time of year. Since the days are shorter, you want to get as much light as you can. Scented candles are a great way to add some light and warmth in your home. Add some on end tables, dining tables, and mantelpieces. Groups of three candlesticks make a centerpiece look complete.

 

Focus on the Hearth

The hearth is the heart of the home, so if you have one, flaunt it. Decorate your mantelpiece to frame the fireplace. Put real or fake logs in to give it a homey feel. Add a wreath stand or tall candles to the side of the fire. Framing your fireplace is a great way to bring in the warmth.

It may be winter, but it doesn’t have to be cold. Use one or all of these ideas to warm up your home. You can even mix and match with a candle centerpiece, wrapped with fall foliage, atop a wood side table. Use these ideas to inspire you and help you bring the warmth into your home.