With the holiday season officially here, many of us will be opening our homes to entertain family and friends. While how to decorate the holiday table may come to mind, why not also make your entire home warm and cozy this holiday season? We have assembled a list of ways to bring warmth into every room of your home.
Add area rugs and throws. Soft goods help instantly warm up an interior space.
Incorporate tactile materials. Materials such as velvet and faux fur can instantly add a sense of coziness.
Mix it up! Mixing different materials especially in social areas such as living and family rooms can add warmth to a space.
Add light. Adding or changing a chandelier can add a warm glow to any space.
Introduce fragrance. Avoid common themes such as pumpkin and spice. Instead, infuse elegant yet unexpected scents such as juniper, fig, blood orange or sage.
Use your fireplace. Fireplaces are a popular place to entertain guests during the holidays, and nothing says cozy quite like a warm fire.
Incorporate some of the fruits of winter. From pomegranate to pumpkin and fig, these elements can be incorporated into the home, either through your meals or even on display.
Dim the lights. Now is the perfect time to light some of your entertaining spaces using dim lights and candles.
Add greenery. Adding greenery is a great way to help a space feel less cold. Winter greenery can contain evergreens.
Add color. Warm colors such as deep shades of red, orange and yellow can warm any space.
By Cathy Hobbs, Tribune News Service (TNS). Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at cathyhobbs.com.