The weather is turning chilly and the holiday season is fast approaching. For many, that means a season to gather with family and friends in your home. With the holidays just a few short weeks away, now is the time to prepare your space so that it creates a warm and cozy environment for any holiday or winter entertaining that you may do. Here are a few simple ideas for creating a warm home for the holidays.
Light a Candle (or Two!): It may seem simple, but the warm glow and flicker of the candle flame can create a cozy atmosphere instantly. Candles come in many shapes, sizes, and containers so they can easily pair with any decor style. Cluster them together in different heights to create a more dynamic focal point. You can even choose your favorite fall or winter scents to make the ambiance even more sensual!
Add Some Throw Pillows and Blankets: Nothing calls you to sit down and stay a while like a big cozy couch topped with fluffy pillows and throw blankets. Choose colors and patterns that pair playfully with your room’s decor style. Big chunky knits and rich colors are always a great winter staple. Feel free to mix in some holiday patterned throw pillows to give your room a festive flair.
Experiment With Cozy Paint Colors: It’s never a bad idea to freshen up your wall paint before the entertaining season to help give your home a fresh, clean feel. Colors like brown, burgundy, navy and even a rich cream can warm up any space instantly. However, if a larger scale project isn’t on your radar, consider adding a pop of color to a piece of accent furniture or the back of a bookcase.
Mix In Some Mood Lighting: Your room’s lighting is key to creating the warm and cozy feel that you’re going for. Add dimmers to your overhead lights so you can adjust the brightness as the mood of your gathering changes, swap out blue toned LED bulbs for ones that give off a warmer yellow glow, or simply string some twinkle lights around the room - ‘tis the season after all!
Gather ‘Round The Fireplace: Nothing sets the mood like a warm, cozy fire. If you’re lucky enough to have a working, wood burning fireplace, make sure that it has been adequately cleaned and serviced before your first use of the season. If your fireplace isn’t in working order, installing an artificial gas or electric fireplace will allow you to set that cozy mood with just the flip of a switch. Even if you aren’t interested in the idea of lighting a fire in your fireplace, you can still make it cozy! Stack birch logs inside the firebox then intertwine white string lights or light several candles of varying sizes for some added glow.
Preparing your home for holiday entertaining can be as simple as lighting a candle or as intricate as renovating a room. Whatever projects you decide to undertake, be sure to stay true to your personal style because, in the end, the reflection of your personality is what truly makes a house feel like a warm, inviting home.
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