ASK EMILY: 3 DECORATING TIPS TO WARM UP YOUR HOUSE THIS WINTER
Is there anything more depressing than January? Cold (like frigid) temperatures, dark days that seem to get shorter and shorter and the aftermath of Holiday excess make us want to curl up into a ball and wait for Spring. To help brighten the season, we thought we would share some of Emily’s decorating tips to warm up the home this Winter. Why not make life as cozy as possible?
I have an obsession with candles. I can’t go a week without purchasing a new one (ask my husband - we have an entire cupboard of candles). I go even more candle crazy during the winter – I feel like nothing adds more warmth to a room like a burning candle that smells great. I literally light them all over the house. During the winter months I like to burn pine or campfire scented versions to make the house smell like a cozy wood cabin.
This CEDRE 11 candle by Le Labo is my current fave:
2. ADD A RUG
Adding an area rug can literally transform and reinvent any room in your home. They create both texture and focus and literally warm up the living space. Plus, they are much softer on your feet than hardwood or tile, and a great alternative if you don't want carpet throughout your whole house. In the winter months you can get away with a thinker textured rug. If you are looking to add a new rug to your home, make sure you can use it year-round, as they can be a pretty expensive décor piece.
My friend has recently launched a vintage rug and décor company called Le Flique sourced out of Morocco – I’m obsessed with her finds. I’m currently coveting this Matilda runner – it would look perfect in my hallway…..
3. SWAP OUT YOUR PILLOWS & THROWS
Throws and cushions are one of the easiest ways to redecorate – they take limited effort, can eliminate your decor rut, and are budget friendly! Switching these accessories in your home each season is also a simple way to add different colours to your home throughout the year. To help add warmth this winter, play with different textures. Fur, faux-fur and/or heavier textured fabrics are perfect ways to warm up your living room or bedroom.
I love this Velvet Crosshatch pillow from West Elm.
If you're coveting fur, these Faux Coyote Fur throws from Restoration Hardware would also look great in any room.