Banish winter with 'warming' décor

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16 May 2013

It may be a cold winter, especially if Eskom plans to come through with the hinted-at power outages.

Layer up the level of warmth with soft accessories such as colourful thick woolen throws and knitted or chunky cushions.

However, there are a few tricks to making your home feel cosier when it's cold outside.

Starting from the ground up, look for  rugs that will warm up your home and still look good when summer comes. Neutral tones or bold splashes that work with other colours in the room are the best choice.

Windows are one of the main culprits for cold rooms. Steel and wooden window frames, and especially sliding or French doors, have gaps that let in cold draughts. Apart from weatherproofing windows - wrap your windows up in layers to keep out the cold. You can easily make up a  Roman blind and then top it off with  thick curtains - and you don't have to spend a fortune. Some of the woven materials at fabric stores are affordably priced and you can save by making your own curtains.

Summer whites don't have to be chilly in winter. With a few added accessories, shades of white can be just as warming as any other colour. Combine warm whites with reds and browns for a spicy room setting for winter and add layers with textured cushions and luxurious throws.

Rugs in neutral tones or bold splashes work with other colours in the room and are the best choice for warming up your home.

Tip: Velvety chocolate brown is the perfect backdrop to modern furniture in light neutral tones with a hint of red blush and deep red accessories add to the feeling of warmth.

Sunny tones of yellow and orange add instant warmth to a chilly room. When you add these colours you instantly think of sunshine. Layer up the level of warmth with soft accessories such as knitted cushions made from old sweaters and thick, woolen throws. Create a cosy spot to relax and read a good book or sit with your family.

Shades of cream, deep lavender-grey and a splash of magenta are also warming colours that go well with bright accessories. Black and deep blue accessories look good set against natural bases like the sofa and darker tones can be added or removed to add more or less drama. A large coffee table with drawers and a shelf is great for tucking away magazines.

Adding red to a home instantly ups the heart rate and makes you feel warm and cosy, but if you find red a little overpowering, go for a more subtle shade in the red spectrum, such as summer blush from the  Plascon Inspired Colour System.

Article courtesy of www.home-dzine.co.za

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