For warm interiors...

Obviously we cannot move to a new place every time there is a change in season. However, we can make our homes seasonally stylish for the winter by following some simple rules.

Indeed, changing the look of our homes with each change of season enables us to follow trends in fashion without spending a lot of money.

So what should we invest in for winter? A few tabletop vases, some cushions, candles and sofa throws can alter a room’s feel for the winter months.

While making changes it is important to bear in mind that there are some decorative no-nos. One such common fault we often indulge in is displaying family portraits in the drawing/living room.  It’s a good idea to keep the family portraits to the more private parts of the home such as the bedroom.  You can also hang family portraits in the corridors or dens/studies of your home.

Create a cosy set-up

We all assume that arranging furniture along the perimeter of the room makes it look larger. Not so. Bringing the sofa away from the walls and arranging furniture closer together creates a cosy personal seating arrangement which makes a narrow room look larger. Likewise, throwing in a small carpet in the middle of a large room is to be avoided.

One of the features of a carpet or area rug is to tie furnishings together; thus it is not to sit alone in the centre of the room and admired!

If the front legs of the sofa and chairs are not sitting on the carpet, then the rug is too small for that space.

If you opt for a carpet in the Dining area you should ensure that it is a minimum of 45 centimetres (18 inches) larger on each side of the table.

How about some candles?

Last but not least, we all know that candles make for warmth and we choose beautiful candles to lend a feeling of warmth in the winter.  Here again there is an inherent danger.  How many of us choose the three upright candles – the ones that are spaced 10 centimetres (four inches) apart from each other?

This makes three bright flames gathered together to draw everyone’s eyes to that area.  Strive instead to get an even glow by scattering the candles.

You have essentially changed the look of your home without breaking the bank, so perhaps you can even splurge on a piece of bright artwork which will further brighten your room and complement that cozy look.

Enjoy your warm new look with a little ‘cool decorating’ that you have indulged in.

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