It’s time to bid adieu to balmy nights sipping cocktails on decks until next summer. As the temperatures dip, we spend more and more time inside throwing dinner parties, having intimate date nights and just hanging out with family and friends. Joanna Goodman, the director of interiors for Christopher Architecture & Interiors, shared five tips to making your home sweet home a chic hideaway this winter.
Create Layers With Accessories
Layering isn’t just for sweaters when the cold air sets in. “Add more accessories to kitchen countertops and table surfaces throughout your home to add interest and dimension,” suggested Goodman. Avoid cabin fever by creating tablescapes ready-made for indoor activities. Think board games, books, photo albums and mini-bars to keep your family and friends entertained.
New Yorkers tend to lean towards black and dark neutrals during the cooler months. This year, include pops of cheery colors to brighten those bleak winter days and nights. “Swap out artwork that has bold, rich hues that complement your interiors.” Upholstered headboards and bright rugs and pillows make for fun bedroom accents.
An even quicker fix: “Simply add colorful flower arrangements to the dining room table and bathroom vanity areas.” Check with your local florist for seasonal flowers and berried evergreens that are available in your area. However, you can never go wrong with camellias, gerber daisies, tulips, hydrangeas and garden roses.
Change Out Bed Linens
Prepare for chilly nights ahead by swapping light-weight bedding for heavier down comforters, wool blankets and fur throws. This can also help cement your status as hostess with the mostess. “Layered bedding…[provides] family and guests options that can suit their individual comfort level. Plus, a layered bed just looks warm and inviting.”
Cozy Up Interiors
Curling up with a good read is a quintessential winter pastime. Create nooks throughout your home that are made for getting lost in a page-turner, latte in hand. Designing these sought-after spaces can be accomplished by adding comfortable seating to your favorite sunny spot in the corner of a room or near a fireplace, under the stairs or in front of a window that has spectacular views.
Patterned pillows, warm, colorful throws and textured rugs prime a space for long hours of well-deserved R&R.
Even though it’s chilly outdoors, “you can still make your terraces and pool-side patios fun for entertaining.” Goodman loves to warm up exterior spaces with ceramic fireballs, gas lanterns and party lights.