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Create cosy rooms in your house this winter

Try a few decorating changes to help get you through those long, cold months

Winter will soon be upon us. Plan now for decorating changes that will get you through the cold months with warmth and comfort. A few updates are all you need to take you through the winter season.

Warm fall colours and cosy textures are great additions to take you from summer to winter. This doesn’t mean that your décor has to be dark and gloomy but think about switching out light, summer fabrics, such as curtains, for textural, medium- to dark-coloured fabrics on the windows and on furniture. Comfy furniture throws and toss cushions in rich, earthy tones will stave off those winter blues and create a cocoon of comfort on chilly days.

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Change the bedding to reflect the colours of the season and also trade in the light blankets for comfy quilts, duvets and blankets. Flannel sheets are soft against the skin and offer comfort during the cold winter nights. Consider purchasing area rugs or throw rugs to stave off cold feet near the bed as well. A bedside basket filled with fuzzy slippers will be a welcome addition, especially in a guest room.

The feature photo has bedding in rich colours, layered with textural accent pillows and an area rug for warmth underfoot. These are all easy changes to make your room stylish and inviting.

Some fabrics to consider are knits, fleece, faux fur, suede, or tweed. Small touches of these fabrics in toss cushions or blankets are easy additions that can change each season. If you can find fabric remnants at the fabric store or thrift store you can use them to make simple cushions covers for your current toss cushions.

If you have artwork or pictures that are summery in feel consider switching them out for ones that will set the tone for the season. Black and white photos of winter scenes in black frames is a good start and is a fairly easy do-it-yourself project.

Summer accessories, like light wicker accents or seashells can be replaced with vintage, hardcover books, chunky candles, gourds and dried flowers or twigs in a decorative vase.

A fall/winter-inspired table runner is a great addition to the dining room. Set the table with stoneware, coloured dishes and large coffee mugs. Create a centrepiece with fall flora.

If you are up to painting you can make small changes using rich, warm colours on focal walls like the purple wall behind the bed in the photo. This adds instant warmth and richness to the room and is a small painting project. Other places where you can add a splash of colour are walls above a fireplace, small powder rooms, a niche in a dining room or a partial wall in an open-concept space.

You might also consider adding both colour and pattern by hanging wallpaper on these walls instead of painting.

Small changes and additions are all you need to make your home wonderfully warm and cosy for the long winter ahead.

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Connie Oliver is an interior designer from Gimli, Manitoba.

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