Cozy Up To Winter With These Tips From Handyman Matters

cozy-up-to-winterWith summer in full swing, it’s difficult to imagine that colder months are just around the corner. But the bitter truth is that now is a good time to turn your attention to some decorating tips designed to give your house a cozy, comfortable feel, far from winter’s chill.

Furniture Layout. If you’re lucky enough to gather around your living room or family room fireplace this winter you may want to consider a quick change to the furniture layout or floor plan – cozying things up a bit. If your fireplace is centrally located within a wall and is flanked by windows or bookcases that are the same dimensions on each side, then you’re dealing with a more traditional space and personality – which speaks to a more traditional furniture layout. Pairs are important here. To take advantage of the roaring fire flank a pair of comfortable and inviting chairs on either side of the fireplace which will keep you and your guests warm and cozy. Place your sofa directly facing the fireplace for a comfortable conversation area and a great view of that crackling fire. After all it’s the focal point of the room.

Flooring. Whether your home has carpeting, hardwood, stone or tiled flooring there are some quick and easy solutions to cozy up your space. Add more layers for warmth, right on top of your existing flooring material. Don’t be afraid to layer one or even two area rugs for texture and color. Relax the formality and potential stiffness with some colorful patterns and textures.

Draperies. Again it’s all about layering and adding weight to the walls.. If your window coverings are sheer or simple blinds, add heavier fabrics over those thinner ones for an entirely new treatment. Find some ready made panels to attach over top your windows in a velvet or brocade fabric. If you love the look of winter white, install some off-white or cream velvet panels for the ultimate in winter chic.

Accessories. This is a simple quick fix. Remove all your existing accessories, store them and re-visit them again for another season. Look for vintage blankets, throws and pillows and blend textures. Mix and match your blankets from plaids to knits, and even faux fur, and drape them over sofas, chairs and ottomans throughout your home. They will keep you all warm and cozy during those frigid nights. Replace your old sofa pillows with knit sweater pillows, tea towels and even printed burlaps for added interesting patterns and texture. Natural elements are all around us. Bring the outdoors in – even now by incorporating, birch trunks, light green foliage, pine cones and candles and sprinkle these elements in with family photos, framed in metals or whites for that monochromatic sophistication.

So light that fire, grab some hot chocolate and enjoy cozying up in your winter chic home.