As the longer nights and colder days of winter set in, it’s natural to crave cozy creature comforts. Summer clothes get put away, and flannels, sweaters, and other cold-weather staples get added back into your wardrobe. Our diet fills up with hearty food, and many of us switch out both decorative and practical elements of our home to ensure it’s as welcoming as possible after a long day out in the cold.
Wherever you live, your bedroom is where you spend about 1/3 of your day, making it one of the most important rooms in any home. Regardless of your personal style, there are a few tried-and-true ways to prepare your bedroom for winter.
Today, we’ll show you how small changes to your window coverings, flooring, and even décor can help achieve a cozy, restful bedroom that’s perfect for long winter nights.
1. Use natural materials
Despite years of innovations, humans have still yet to perfect materials that are as evocative as those that nature has already created. There’s something so luxurious about a space that’s full of natural materials. Whether it’s cotton bedding, wooden flooring, or linen window coverings, these materials have the uncanny ability to make us feel more connected to the world around us.
To make your bedroom as cozy as possible, take advantage of these natural materials, and avoid synthetics that look nice, but wear poorly.
2. Create layers of light
A great way to make your space feel cozier is to create different layers of light. Overhead lights are great for throwing light across an entire room, but the mood they create is more suitable for work, rather than pleasure.
Instead of relying entirely on overhead light, create different areas of your room by using smaller lighting fixtures like table lamps or reading lights. By layering light, you can divide even a small space, creating individual areas for sleep, reading, hobbies, and more.
3. Add candles
Nothing creates a cozier atmosphere better than candles. In addition to regular lighting fixtures, candles bring in both light and relaxing scents. To help encourage a restful night’s sleep, look for candles with relaxing, sleep-inducing scents like lavender, chamomile, vanilla, or valerian.
4. Add plenty of cozy blankets
When temperatures drop, it helps to have lots of cozy blankets around to ensure your bed stays as warm as possible. Every bedroom should have at least a few! To make sure you’re finding ones that last and don’t just look nice temporarily, look for blankets and bedding in natural materials like cotton, cashmere, or wool.
5. Take advantage of color theory
When you’re asked what your favourite colour is, most of us know the answer right away. There’s not necessarily a logical reason for why you’re drawn to that colour – you just are, because it makes you happy.
There are definite links between colour and mood, so you should always choose your paint colours accordingly. Any colours you choose should make you feel happy or relaxed. Some popular colours for bedrooms included muted blues and greens, and soft whites. These soothing, serene colours make us think of nature, and are perfect for creating a relaxing atmosphere.
6. Banish cold feet
It’s hard to enjoy reading a book or curling up in bed to go to sleep if your feet are freezing cold. To keep your feet comfortable, re-evaluate the flooring in your bedroom. Carpet feels great on bare feet, but it isn’t right for every home. If you’ve opted for wood or tile, you can always add an area rug by your bed, or purchase a pair of cozy slippers.
7. Add plants
There are tangible benefits to adding plants to your living space. Many species of house plants are known for their air-purifying properties and can actively improve the air quality in your home. Bringing nature into your home has also been shown to lower stress and anxiety, improve mood, and reduce fatigue.
If you want to start small, choose a plant that can survive neglect, like Lucky bamboo, or one that doesn’t even require soil, like an air plant. Once you’re more confident, add in more plants until you’ve got the indoor garden of your dreams.
8. Pick window coverings carefully
Even though you use your bedroom for reading, dressing, hobbies, and more, the most important thing you do in there is sleep. That’s why your window coverings are so critical. If you’re continually being woken up by sunlight or disturbed by streetlights turning on and off, your sleep will suffer.
Make sure that whatever window covering you choose (LINK to window covering article) can block light, and even noise. Once you’ve created a space that’s suitable for sleep, it’s easier to build a consistent nighttime routine.
Cozy Up Your Space with Help from Duby’s Home Centre
With snow just around the corner, it’s never too early to start thinking about transitioning your home for winter. The staff at Duby’s Home Centre can help. Whether you want to rethink your flooring, window coverings, or even colour scheme, we can offer useful advice to help you make your bedroom the coziest it’s ever been.