An icy glaze tinges the air as it swirls into a crisp fog. Leaves, once brilliant hues of red, russet, and gold, are blanketing the ground, leaving stark tree limbs abandoned and brittle against the feeble morning sun, which does little to warm the frost-coated ground.
Feeling a bit of a chill? It’s time to update your apartment decor so you’ll have a cozy, warm place to escape when winter grabs hold with its cold, bony fingers and refuses to let go.
Here’s how to warm up every room in your apartment:
In the living room: Get some candles or potpourri in the scents of the season. Think spicy, rustic, with a hint or cinnamon, nutmeg, or citrus. Buy a cinnamon broom to hang on your front door or above the fireplace, or to just prop up in the corner. (Be careful not to have too many scents, though, or you’ll be overpowered with fragrance.) Replace your lightweight, summery curtains with warmer, heavier drapes in a color that suits the season, such as burgundy, orange, green, gold, or brown. Add pillows and throws to your couch and chair – think rich, warm fabrics such as chenille and cashmere. You can even swap out wall decorations – take down the beach print and hang a painting of a cozy cottage.
In the kitchen: Add a scented candle in here, also. I have the “Christmas cookie” jar candle from Yankee Candle Company because I love the smell of freshly-baked cookies to warm up a kitchen. Add a throw rug or two in your chosen color scheme. Put some woven baskets on the counter and fill them with oranges, apples, and cinnamon sticks. If you have a center island or bar area, add slipcovers to your barstools. Add some thick placemats and linen napkins with decorative napkin rings.
In the dining room: Find a warm tablecloth in a deep red, teal, gold, or green. If you can’t find a tablecloth, try using a blanket. Make a centerpiece for the table: find a rich-hued charger, put a pillar candle in the center, and surround the candle with pinecones or cranberries. Add small throw pillows to your dining room chairs.
In the bedroom: Trade your lightweight spread for a thick down comforter. Add several extra blankets in complementary colors and load up the bed with plenty of pillows. Swap the lightweight curtains for thick, warm curtains in here, as well. Think natural and add rattan, wicker, and wood decorations. Swap out your summer wardrobe for your winter one. If you don’t have a lot of storage space, utilize the space under the bed. Plastic bins that slide under your bed are perfect for storing lightweight shoes and clothing. Or, make your own using wooden boxes – just attach a caster to each corner. Go to a second-hand store and find old trunks or suitcases. Fill them with your out-of-season items and stack them on top of each other in the corner or next to the bed. Toss a warm throw or shawl over the top, place your bedside lamp and clock on top of the throw, and you have an interesting and functional “table.”
In the bathroom: Don’t forget this space! Think sink-your-toes-into-them rugs, a thick, warm bathrobe, fuzzy slippers, scented lotions, candles, towels and wash cloths in rich, warm tones, and maybe even a towel warmer! Switch out your shower curtain for a fabric one. If you are allowed to paint, this little space is the perfect place to add some warm color to the walls.
An icy glaze tinges the air … but that’s okay, because you now have a toasty, cozy retreat to escape the brutal winter weather. Curl up with a fuzzy blanket and a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy your warm space. Old Man Winter’s bony fingers may be reaching around and taking hold, but you’re ready now, so hey – let it snow!