Do you need an excuse to do up your home? The nip in the air is a clear indication that there is a new season upon us. So why not use this to give your home a winter makeover? If you are wondering how, we tell you how to do it right.
Winters are all about adding that dash of warmth to your homes and carpets do that beautifully. Also using lighting intelligently is a great way to do up your home. “The right ceiling light can do the trick to warm up a room. If a ceiling fixture is not an option, floor lamps and fairly are equally great alternatives. Deck up the table or the dresser with some fairly lights to give your home a magical touch,” says Ritika Dhingra, Design Manager, Urban Ladder. Keep it minimal, where less is more. This winter declutter your home – do away with decorative items, furniture, linen, clothes, that do not reflect who you are or that you do not need. “Add more plants to your home. The money plant and spider plant give out oxygen during the day, while the mother in law’s tongue plant gives out oxygen at night and so is best to keep in the bedroom,” avers Miniya Chatterji, Founder & CEO, Sustain Labs Paris. Ensuring you place the furniture right is another way in which you can change the look of your home. Nibhrant Shah, CEO and Founder, ISPRAVA explains, “how warm one feels in a room depends on where you are, even though air temperature is the same throughout. You will feel warmer if you position yourself closer to the inside of the house because the cold external walls are further away. So try and place your furniture next to an internal wall.”
Start by giving your home a warm and cozy look. This can be done by adding warm accents and using a darker palette. “Take advantage of colors like deep blue which can be a good choice for your walls. One can also go for warm colours like yellow, burgundy and orange to spruce up the home with cheerful vibes in contrast with the gloomy weather. One can make good use of silk bed covers to add that dash lavishness with comfort. Complete the bedroom look with removable light drapes over the bed. This will help you give the feel of being nestled,” says Purvi Parikh, the owner Tranceforme, a home decor store. Change of fabric helps you give your home a quick make over. Knitted fabric has been long associated with winter. Use chunky knitted pillow covers and throws in red and greys. Recuse old sweater and convert it into a pillow cover. One way to approach home decor in winter is to imitate the landscape outside, mostly with lighter neutrals. “Add pastel accents to this palette and you would have yourself an on-trend look that is in line with the global zeitgeist. But if you are someone with a case of winter blues, opt for a rich, jewel tone palette with hues such as amber, ruby, emerald,” advices Anuj Srivastava, CEO and Cofounder, Livspace
Fabrics such as wool, cashmere or faux with simple tones will help deflect light and make your home look bright. “You can also give a makeover by blending the contemporary and traditional look by bringing home some traditional furniture but with a contemporary raw and unfurnished look. Also, you can play with the colors of the curtain. These days reversible curtains are easily available. So, a reversible curtain can help you give a complete new look to your home. You can use a quilt or blanket as a throw on your sofa or the arm chair or also can spread one on the floor in your living room to ensure the cosines that winter demands,” says Sandesh Dhanraj, Founder of Noah Interiors. Cushion covers are an ideal and the easiest way to give your room a wintery makeover. “The ones that are made up of thick fabrics like jacquard and ikat are a must-haves. While woolen pompom embellishments will make your space more cozy and welcoming, you can also pick cushion covers with sequins embellishments to add an exciting element of pop in the gloomy weather. One can also choose to go for vibrant wall arts that will instantly uplift the mood of the room,” says Shreyasi Pathak, Stylist, Vajor. There is no better way to begin the winter excitement at home than doing a bedroom makeover. “The bed covers can be laid simple. One can define their choice by choosing a fine-quality fabric and adding colour vibrancy to making it appear full and decorative. Another way to enhance the winter bedroom décor can be adding an extra layer of Dohars,” says Sonam Gupta, Design Head, Tangerine. Arshi Mukri, Interior Design Expert, Pepperfry adds, “infuse warm lighting and rainbow fabrics to offset the gloomy weather. Also, if you will be entertaining visitors, invest in fine dinnerware that is great as accent pieces. Go for copper décor pieces that are trending this season and makes for a picturesque home.”
With winters being just around the corner, a host of airborne pollen and household allergens find their way indoors causing infections and diseases. In addition to pollen, closed and unventilated homes can breed dust mites, molds, pet dander and other household irritants. “Vacuum your home regularly and get it tested by an air quality testing expert to determine the presence of indoor pollutants. Get rid of dust, allergens and odour – we often ignore the air we breathe indoors. Choose an air purifier that is patented with Duotron technology that actively reduces the growth of viruses and bacteria in the air,” says Shashank Sinha, AVP Marketing, Eureka Forbes Limited. So this winter let your home embrace the season in all its hues.
- Avoid the use of sunny bright colors or white.
- Instead of changing the entire upholstery of your sofa, go for throws.
- Floor to ceiling curtains look great.
- Plaid is the perfect cozy pattern. Use it more often this season.
- Place scented candles at the place of your choice.
This story appeared in Deccan Herald’s Homes & Interiors dated Nov 24, 1017 here.