As we move into the winter months, the days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping a little more each week. Though Southern winters are considerably milder than what other parts of the country experience, it’s fun to get out cozy sweaters, light the fireplace and enjoy entertaining family and friends with festive holiday food and drink. Follow these tips and tricks for making your home super cozy this winter.
Add Mood Lighting. With Daylight Savings Time in effect for the next few months, creating a cozy glow in your home makes the longer evenings more enjoyable. Rearrange lamps and consider using dimmable bulbs/switches to create soft lighting that makes you want to sit and relax for a while. Adding fall- and winter-scented candles to your living spaces is a bonus!
Take Advantage of Your Fireplace. Though it may be just for show during the summer months, the fireplace serves as the home’s main gathering place in the fall and winter. Decorate your mantle with items that celebrate the season, from beautiful foliage to your favorite painting with festive colors. If your fireplace is not in one of your main living areas, consider adding a pair of armchairs around it to create an inviting place to sit and get warm.
Swap In Winter Textiles. Put away lightweight summer linens and swap in chunky knit throw blankets to make your living spaces and bedrooms more cozy. Also consider changing out pillow covers and bedding to a more wintry palette of whites, creams, and grays for a calming aesthetic.
Be Festive. With so many holidays clustered at the end of the year, it’s the perfect excuse to have fun decorating your home inside and out. From pumpkins and gourds on your front steps to wreaths and sparkling lights hung in your windows, go all out with seasonal decorating in whatever ways make you happy.
Bake Your Favorite Treats. There’s no dispute that winter is the best season for baking! Many families have baking traditions and cherished recipes that have been passed on for decades, and there’s no better time to fire up your oven than during the colder months of the year. Plus, there is nothing like the smell of freshly-baked cookies and cakes to lift the spirits on a chilly winter day.
We hope you enjoy the holiday season!