Warm up a Cold Room - Without Turning Up the Heat

Well, we’re well into the winter right now, and while most people see it as the perfect time to get cozy and comfy indoors, not everyone has the opportunity. Some rooms of the house - and some entire homes - have a naturally cool ‘feel.’

Perhaps it’s because the ceilings are high, or the decor makes use of cool colors and tones. Maybe it’s because you love the minimal, exposed look, and have invested in furniture that is perfect for summer and warmth, but creates a colder atmosphere in the winter.

If this sounds familiar, don’t panic - there are plenty of things you can do that won’t cost a fortune - let’s take a closer look at your options.

Layer up

First thing’s first, try stocking up on a few rugs, throws, and pillows for your cool-feeling room. Straight away you will be introducing an element of coziness, and it also gives you the option of curling up on the couch beneath a comfy, super-warm blanket at a moment’s notice. It will make a significant difference to the overall feel of the room, and it will be a more welcoming, homely space.

Use knits

Is there anything more cozy-looking than a nice chunky knit sweater in the cold winter months? Well, use your clothes as inspiration for your room, by introducing knitted materials into your room. Blankets are an obvious starting point, but you can also get knitted rugs, drapes, and even poufs. It’s the texture of knits that helps create warmth, and it will help you feel at home, comfy, and well out of the way of the cold.

Invest in seasonal drapes

If you are into the minimal lifestyle, chances are your windows are adorned with super sharp blinds or rollers rather than heavy drapes. Again, it’s fine when the weather is good, but in the chilly months, it’s going to reduce the temperature of your room - both in a physical and psychological sense. As pointed out at Ming's Living, a, good set of drapes can instantly transform your room into a warm and cozy environment. And given that they are easy to set up and take down these days, nothing is stopping you from hanging them seasonally, and swapping out again when the spring arrives.

Improve your lighting

Lighting can make a huge difference in warmth in any room, in any particular configuration. Shaded lampstands, for example, have a dimming effect on bulbs, and the feeling of warmth they generate can be incredibly cozy indeed. Layering your small lamps works, too. Lights at low, medium and high levels - all dotted around the room in different places -  can help your room feel alive. Throw in a few colored bulbs for effect - a warm red or violet, for example - and you will feel like it’s toasty pretty quickly.

Do you have a cool-feeling room or home? If so, we’d love to hear all your tips and advice on how you warm it up in the winter - without spending a fortune on heating, of course. Share your thoughts in the comments section below, and join in on the conversation!

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