Winter is my absolute favorite season. Living in the Bay Area means it’s not going to be as cold as, say, living in New York. I do get chilly a lot, even when at home. And who doesn’t like warming up and getting toasty with your significant other?
Here are five easy ways to make your home cozy this winter.
1. Turn down the lights
At the end of a WFH day, I enjoy turning down the lights and letting candles do the work. Place some tapered candles on a vintage candle holder or light a Diptyque candle in a cozy corner. Better yet, get yourself a Smart Bulb which allows you to control the brightness and hue via your Smartphone. My favorite is the Philips Hue; a smart LED lighting system controllable via the app, switch, and voice.
2. Invest in a cozy gravity blankie
I love this Scandinavian trend of chunky gravity blankets. Recently a friend introduced me to The Napper. NYT claims it is one of the most beautiful blankets they’ve seen, and I couldn’t agree more. Plus, it’s made from organic cotton and feels soft and buttery. (Tip: it also comes in velvet for a more wintery vibe!). It also helps with a good night’s sleep. Check out my favorite products for better sleep to learn about my favorite ways to have a good night’s rest.
3. Let nature in
I love adding natural elements as accessories to my living space. This tree stump from Jenni Kayne is excellent to use as an accent table in our living room. You can also use it in the bathroom to hold your candles and bath essentials. This faux-fur stool makes for a comfy and super chic footrest. Add in some eucalyptus or pine leaves on your coffee and dining table to double as a centerpiece. I promise you the wintery scent is not only soothing but takes me back to my most favorite holiday memories.
4. Paint a wall
It may seem too daunting, which is why I stressed that you only need a wall in your home —so hear me out. Studies show that color does affect our mood. When it’s dark and freezing outside, an accent wall with a calming color could help lift the mood. My favorites are pale blue or sage green or even muted a blush (instead of oxblood). It’s a fun winter project to do with your significant other! Check out Clare paint, and take their Color Quiz to find a hue that’s right for you.
5. Books by your side
These days it’s easy to doze off scrolling through your Instagram feed. It’s about time we use the winter months to start reading that book you bought from your last holiday in the South of France. Get some quality offline time to give your imagination a little nudge before you hit the day. You’ll even sleep (or dream) better!
My favorite all-time favorite book is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. This is a story of two sisters in France during World War II, and their struggle to survive and resist the German occupation of France.
How do you plan to make your home cozy for this winter season? Share your thoughts in the comments below.