It’s that time of year again: the season to break out the boots and bourbon, and brace yourself for another season of time spent wishing you didn’t have to brave a snowstorm just to get through your commute.
But winter can actually be a really good thing for your pad. While summer is dominated by breezy, airy minimalism, the colder months tend to invite some more rugged, hunting lodge-inspired vibes – though you don’t have to go full-on wood-paneled, bearskin rug overhaul to make your space feel more seasonally appropriate. Check out these simple style tweaks to warm up your place for the winter and prepare for a damn cozy hibernation.
Whether you’re the type to go all-out with decorations or not, adding just a few holiday touches can make your place really feel cozy and comforting. If a tree seems like too big of an undertaking, pick up some fresh evergreen boughs to top your mantle, or form the world’s easiest centerpiece on your table. Not only do they nail that whole alpine resort feel, but they smell awesome.
Reach for Knits
All those long cold nights and evenings spent by the fire – either real or the TV version on Netflix – are significantly improved by the right crop of blankets and cozy throw pillows. For throw pillows, look for festive prints like lumberjack-inspired plaid and warm fabrics like flannel that will make curling up on the couch a little cozier. When it comes to blankets, we like heavy knits that add some texture to your space, or super warm wool throws.
Heat Things Up
With short days and long, cold nights, lighting can be a big factor when it comes to making your home feel cozier than a ski lodge. The lazy man’s solution to this is candles – a few well-chosen ones can make all the difference ambiance-wise. Look for scents that mimic the more rugged side of winter, like firewood and tobacco. The more candles you add the cozier it gets. You can also take things a step further by looking for the right light fixtures and softening the vibrancy of your light bulbs to warm up a room. Ditch any fluorescents in favor of some incandescent bulbs with cool filaments.
Bear skin aside (although, more power to you if that’s your style), rugs are an easy way to make your space feel a little cozier during the colder months. The right designs and textures will add to your space's aesthetics, obviously, but like blankets, they also serve a practical purpose: they'll keep your room (and your toes) a little warmer.
Finally, don’t forget to restock your bar cart. After all, if you’re going to get snowed in, it’s important to have the essentials on hand.