There’s no place like home for the holidays. Imagine not having to pack suitcases or fight holiday traffic. While that sounds wonderful, the trade-off usually means friends and family will be heading over the river and through the woods to your house. When guests come to call, you want your home to be as warm and welcoming as possible. Instead of mapping out the fastest route or finding the best deals on plane tickets, you’re probably scouring the Internet for kitchen design ideas and comfy winter décor. Take the chill out of fall and winter with these tips to make your home cozier for the holiday season.
Snug As A Bug
Create seasonal interest by adding texture throughout the home. Linen throw pillows, thin cotton blankets, and jute rugs should be packed away when the seasons change. Replace these summer fabrics with nubby knit blankets, velvet throw pillows, and wool rugs to add a touch of warmth to your living room or bedroom. Make sure to pile up the pillows and have plenty of blankets on hand for cuddling. The same rules hold true for kitchen and dining room linens, drapes, and table runners.
Go Mad For Plaid (And Cold-Weather Colors)
Some colors and patterns just seem cozier than others. With that said, plaid is the ultimate fall and winter classic. Plaids come in a variety of patterns like buffalo plaid, houndstooth, tartan, and tattersall. They also come in sumptuous cold-weather colors like red, maroon, hunter green, emerald green, plum, navy blue, winter white, charcoal gray, and burnt orange.
Keep The Cold Out
For window treatments, opt for heavier fabrics instead of summery sheers. Heavy drapes block drafts, and look lovely pooled an inch or so on the floor. Good choices for fall and winter include velvet, canvas, or dupioni silk. For kitchen sink window decorations, swap out simple valances for Roman shades in a seasonal color or print.
Silver And Gold
Who says silver and gold don’t match? Mixing metals is right on trend, and adding a bit of gold, brass, copper or bronze to your home can definitely up your cozy factor. In the kitchen, consider a copper kitchen sink, or changing out your cabinet pulls. Or add a metallic tile backsplash to add warmth and style to your space. Accessorize with metallic chargers in the dining room, or a new light fixture. Or simply find a few decorative pieces to add some shine and sparkle to your home.
Gather Around The Fireplace
There is nothing more inviting than a cracking fire on a cold evening. Make sure your furniture is arranged so that the hearth is the focal point of the room. Add extra seating to your sofas and chairs with an ottoman or two. And don’t forget the coffee and end tables for guests to place their spiced cider or eggnog on. If your home lacks a fireplace, candles can add a nice glow to the room. Choose autumn and winter scents like pumpkin, cinnamon apple, or pine to set the seasonal mood.
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